The market situation for phthalic anhydride (PA) and maleic anhydride (MA) has been subject to severe changes in the last 15 years. This was characterized by highly fluctuating prices for products and feed-stocks and shifting market volumes. The consequence for the producers was constantly reducing margins.
Taking this into account services for technical consultancy and engineering had to adapt to this situation. The traditional engineering companies could not cope satisfactory with this requirement.
This was the impulse for setting-up the new company PA Consultants GmbH in 2003. The aim is to provide the clients with engineering and engineering consultancy on the basis of excellent expertise in the field of PA and it’s derivatives, and at the same time be flexible, lean and efficient.
Process technologies offered by PA-Consultants GmbH include:
Operating for more than 15 years PA-Consultants GmbH became the renown contact point for all PA/MA and PA-by-product related activities such as plant expansions/modernisations, basic engineering of new plants and trouble shooting.
Almost all revamp projects and new plant projects which were openly tendered during this period of time have been won by PA-Consultants GmbH and were successfully executed.
PA Consultants GmbH is headed by Helmuth Domes and Gilbert Wiesner. Furthermore Volker Franz is a member of the core work-force of PA Consultants GmbH.
All members have worked several years in the engineering and technology consultancy for PA and it’s derivatives before founding PA Consultants GmbH.
During this time Volker Franz, Helmuth Domes and Gilbert Wiesner have actively taken part in the development and improvement of the PA process.
Helmuth Domes has dedicated more than half of his professional life-time to PA/MA. He engineered and commissioned numerous grass-root plants and revamp projects in the last thirty years in Korea, India, Russia, China, Rumania, Belgium including the two most modern PA-plants of very high loading.
Gilbert Wiesner has a record of almost three decades in PA/MA activities, being involved in many projects from the conceptual beginning to the start-up of the plant. He also dedicated himself to the field of after sales support of PA/MA producers. Besides English he speaks fluently Spanish. In PA Consultants he is mainly responsible for the Americas and Middle East.
Volker Franz has an outstanding record in PA. Since the 1960s Volker Franz has actively accompanied the development of PA technology. He has a substantial stake in what today is known as the high-loading process and special merits in the associated safety engineering.
Improvements in PA-process conducted by PA-Consultants members:
Following the guideline of effectiveness and low overhead costs PA Consultants GmbH counts on minimum fixed manpower.
According to the actual work load the team will be backed up by additional staff on demand, to be recruited from a pool of excellent engineers well experienced in PA/MA plant design.
Such specialists are available for a wide range of activities e.g. process design, mechanical engineering, piping engineering, instrument engineering etc. This provides for the flexibility of the team to meet the actual market requirements in an optimum way.