Business Model

"Sourcing, Customizing, Manufacturing"

The LEHVOSS Group of Companies combines the strengths of a trading business steeped in tradition with those of a flexible mid-sized problem solver and manufacturer under one roof. This is what sets us apart from other companies in the chemicals trade and distribution.

There are customers for whom we are primarily procurement partners for certain raw and auxiliary materials. For this Sourcing we draw on our worldwide network of contacts that has grown during our corporate history spanning more than 100 years. For us it is easier than for a manufacturer to adapt to the dynamic changes in the world business map and to target the areas where the economically interesting raw materials are produced. In this connection we also adopt innovative approaches: for instance we co-operate with exclusive contract manufacturers in newly industrialised countries which manufacture according to LEHVOSS know-how and quality standards.

Thanks to own warehouses with their comprehensive handling facilities, we are in a position not only to deliver products at short notice but also to offer many different packaging forms – tailored to our customers’ special  requirements. This is one aspect of Customizing. Our pilot plant and laboratory focus on the more important product-related aspect of customizing: the development of individual,  customer-specific modifications and individual problem solutions whenever mere sourcing cannot satisfy the customer’s wishes.

We produce tailor-made materials and additive preparations for the plastics and rubber industry – in our own plants in Hamburg (Germany) and Pawcatuck (Connecticut, USA). They are all certified in accordance with ISO 9001:2000. Products from our own Manufacturing accounted for over 30% of total sales revenues of EUR 297 million in 2012.