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Worlée-Chemie GmbH

Worlée, a family business

Worlée-Chemie GmbH employs 250 persons in its plants in Lauenburg and Lübeck/Northern Germany, producing a broad range of different binders and additives for the paint and lacquer industries on the latest equipment. The range comprises water- and solvent-based acrylic and alkyd resins, polyesters, polyester polyols, polyether polyols, epoxy esters and numerous additives for a variety of different applications. In addition, Worlée’s technicians develop tailor-made products for the specific requirements of the company’s customers.

Kar Kimya is representing Worlée-Chemie in Turkey since 1990.

Worlee-Chemie GmbH-Lauenburg Plant

For 160 years now, Worlée has supplied its customers reliably with raw materials from Germany and abroad. The company was founded in 1851 by Emil Heinrich Worlée in Hamburg for the import and trade of natural resins sold as binders to the flourishing paint and lacquer industry during the industrial revolution.

Today 5th generation descendants manage the family business. The former trade house has grown into a modern industrial and service group, operating inter­nationally, refining and selling spices, dried vegetables, teas etc. for the food industry as well as producing and distributing important raw materials for the paint, lacquer and cosmetic industries.

Energy & Environment

You have to go beneath the ocean to appreciate its remarkable diversity and amazing sea life. An environment, however, which today is constantly under threat from climate change. We as a chemical company are very aware of our responsibilities and contribute our part to climate and environmental protection. Our scientists develop resins for paints, lacquers and printing inks based on environmentally friendly raw materials. Waterborne resins based on renewable raw materials already comply today to future environmental requirements.

Energy & Environment
Sustainability & Climate Protection
Sustainability & Climate Protection

Business means money, shareholder value, market share, mergers and acquisitions, etc. At a family business like Worlée, it also means responsibility since subsequent generations will continue the business venture.

Our vision is long-term and our commitment is personal. We practice our responsibility by developing raw materials which enable customers to produce environmentally products which save natural resources.


Worlée-Chemie GmbH in Lauenburg has been the first chemical company which has become as so called "Klimaschutz-Unternehmen". Those companies have voluntarily commited to measure their high goals of climate protection and energy efficiency and already have achieved excellent performances in production, with their products and their services. They reduce CO2 emissions and show that climate protection pays off.

The so called "Klimaschutz- und Energieeffizienzgruppe der Deutschen Wirtschaft" is the excellence initiative of the Federal Government and the German Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry. The project is promoted by funds of the National "Klimaschutz-Initiative" of the Federal Environment Ministry.

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Responsible Care

Worlée-Chemie GmbH takes its responsibilities towards its customers, the society and the environment very seriously. Therefore its production plants meet the highest environmental and safety standards. The processes used are organized professionally and optimized continuously, to avoid any loss of material and energy.

On several occasions, Worlée has been awarded for its sustainable management of energy, emissions and resources, the latest award having been the one as a so-called “Klimaschutz-Unternehmen” (company protecting our climate). All units are certified according to ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001. Most of Worlée’s employees stay with the company for many years, often decades; this fact secures high competence and continuity.

“Our success is also based on the experience and the commitment of our employees at home and abroad, most of whom have been trained within the company.”

With its highly qualified personnel, its modern production plants and an internationally operating procurement and sales network, Worlée is the guarantor for a reliable raw material supply.

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