The US is Topsoe’s largest market in the world and the primary business is focused on catalysts and technology sales in areas such as hydro treating and hydrocracking, ammonia, methanol, hydrogen, GTL (gas-to-liquid), and sulfuric acid. Interest is seen in the conversion of shale gas to various products such as ammonia, methanol, gasoline, and diesel. Topsoe’s environmental technologies, has also become a key business area. Topsoe established its US business in the early 1960’s and opened a production plant in 1971 in Houston, Texas. In addition to the plant, the US subsidiary, Haldor Topsoe Inc., has its main oﬃce in Houston and an oﬃce in Los Angeles. Topsoe employs 250 people in total in the US.
Topsoe opened a subsidiary oﬃce in Buenos Aires in 2008 to support its growing activities in Latin America. In 2012 we also opened a subsidiary ofﬁce in Rio de Janeiro aimed at increasing interaction with the Brazilian oil industry among several other objectives. Today, some 20 employees cover our business activities in Latin America. The largest ammonia plant on the Latin American continent is based on Topsoe technology and is located in central Argentina.
Moreover, several of our technologies are included in the newest Latin American reﬁnery, which is currently under construction in Brazil. Our technologies have also been selected for the ongoing modernization of several Mexican reﬁneries.
The Middle East
Topsoe has a long history of doing business in the Gulf region that stretches back to the 1960’s. In 2007 the company established an oﬃce in Manama, Bahrain that employs 13 people today. Topsoe’s business in the Middle East is primarily focused on sales of catalyst and technology related to ammonia production, hydrogen, GTL (gas to liquid) and hydrotreating. With the expanding local reﬁning sector and more stringent fuel speciﬁcations, Topsoe is experiencing an increasing demand for advanced hydroprocessing solutions. Furthermore, increasing demand is being observed for the solutions that Topsoe offer in the environmental area, such as catalytic technologies to remove harmful substances from industrial ﬂue gasses.
Topsoe expects that Africa will be an important growth contributor in the future. An abundance of natural resources such as oil, gas, and coal, coupled with greater political stability and economic reforms have made businesses take note of the continent’s potential. With our technologies, Topsoe can help unleash Africa’s potential in a clean and eﬃcient way, producing products such as ammonia and high quality fuels and making use of the huge amounts of available natural gas. Ammonia is a key component in fertilizer, and therefore it plays an important part in improving conditions for the agricultural sector – especially since farm productivity across Africa remains low. In 2012, Topsoe opened a subsidiary in South Africa that covers Sub-Saharan Africa. The oﬃce currently employs eight people.
Topsoe is well positioned on the Russian market – not least when it comes to improving the environment with our products for diesel trucks and NOx removal. We have a strong position in relation to new plants for ammonia production, and also catalyst replacement sales, particularly for reﬁnery-related applications. The reason for this is not only our technologically advanced products, but also our local presence and technical support. Beyond this, Topsoe has enjoyed close collaboration with the Russian industrial and scientiﬁc community for decades. Topsoe established business in 1991 in Moscow and currently employs 65 people in its Russian subsidiary.
With a technology market share of more than 80%, Topsoe is currently the single largest technology supplier in the ﬁeld of ammonia in India, and over 90% of all ammonia produced in the country is produced using our catalysts. Our ofﬁce in New Delhi was established in 1982, and in 2007 an engineering subsidiary was added. In 2012 the engineering subsidiary was expanded with a global IT center and Topsoe now employs a total of 174 people in India. The engineering activities cover almost all disciplines required for delivering an engineering design package for a complete project, and represent the largest engineering provider to Haldor Topsoe A/S outside Denmark.
Southeast Asia is an emerging market with a population of around 800 million people and plenty of natural resources. To support capitalization of these resources, Topsoe opened an oﬃce in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2010. Today, the oﬃce employs 10 people and support Topsoe’s business in the region, that covers Bangladesh, Australia, New Zealand in addition to the ASEAN countries. The main business so far, has been to provide technology and catalyst to ammonia and methanol producers and Topsoe is experiencing a continued interest for further capacity expansion of these areas. In addition, increased demand for Topsoe’s reﬁnery and environmentally related solutions is expected as more stringent legislation is implemented across the region.
China is faced with environmental challenges, and improving air quality is a focus area. Topsoe delivers a range of solutions that directly and indirectly address this issue. The company offers catalytic solutions to clean the exhaust from diesel vehicles as well as ﬂue gasses from e.g. power plants and heavy industry. Moreover, Topsoe delivers solutions that can help Chinese oil reﬁners upgrade their diesel. Topsoe also delivers technology that is used at large-scale SNG plants (Substitute Natural Gas). SNG based on coal gasiﬁcation represents a cleaner way to utilize coal as an energy resource. Topsoe has been present in China since 1984 and has a subsidiary in Beijing which employs 100 people. An additional 35 people work at the Tianjin automotive catalyst production site that is under construction.