Chemicals group Clariant opens German R&D hub
The new center will house the departments for intellectual property management and new business development. As the corporation’s global hub, the CIC will ensure the coordination of Clariant’s world-wide R&D network, which includes centers across Europe, North America, Brazil, Japan, India and China.
Specialty chemicals group Clariant on Thursday opened its
new 100 million Clariant innovation center (CIC) in
The center, which will be the companys new global
hub for research and development (R&D), is based at the
Industriepark Höchst. It will be the home of
Clariants competence centers in chemical research
and process technology as well as application
laboratories for several business units and analytical
The CIC will also house the departments for intellectual
property management and new business development. As the
corporations global hub, the CIC will ensure the
coordination of Clariants world-wide R&D network,
which includes centers across Europe, North America, Brazil,
Japan, India and China.
Located at Clariants largest manufacturing site, the CIC
will benefit from existing infrastructure as well as industrial
and academic links offered by the Rhein-Main region.
The new facility covers a total surface area of 36,000 square
meters and will house around 500 employees from R&D and
supporting business and administrative functions.
The modern, open-plan building was designed by Düsseldorf
architects Hentrich-Petschnigg & Partner. It features a mix
of open workspaces, offices and laboratories to foster the
exchange of ideas among employees as well as with visiting
partners from industry and academia.
Advances in chemistry are necessary to help our
customers respond to societys trends and
challenges, said CEO Hariolf Kottmann. We therefore
see fostering R&D and innovation as one of the four
strategic pillars defining the future path of our
Experience shows that innovation results from open
communication and an on-going exchange of ideas which often
sparks further ideas and solutions, he added. The
new CIC will facilitate this, providing a stimulating environment fostering creativity and
Themed In touch with Clariant, a multimedia exhibit
on the premises showcases recent Clariant innovations. These
include flame retardants that keep electrical and electronic
devices safe without harming the environment; biotechnology processes to create biofuels from agricultural residues;
using renewable raw materials to boost crop yields; eliminating
parabens from cosmetics; reducing environmental pollution from
industrial plant emissions; and flagship projects to substitute natural gas
by converting CO2 with hydrogen derived from renewable
The CIC will open up a new dimension in the way Clariant
connects its R&D departments internally as well as how
Clariant engages external partners, said Martin Vollmer,
chief technology officer.
Within the CIC we have established an Open
Lab in order to work on innovation projects with customers and other
development partners under one roof. This will enable us to
translate market needs into innovative product solutions in a
fast, flexible and efficient way.