31 October 2013

Clariant opens new €100 million innovation center in Frankfurt, Germany

Muttenz - 31 October 2013 – Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, today officially opened its new EUR 100 million Clariant Innovation Center (CIC) in Frankfurt, Germany. The company’s new global hub for Research & Development (R&D) is based at the “Industriepark Höchst.” It will be the home of Clariant’s competence centers in chemical research and process technology as well as application laboratories for several Business Units and state-of-the art analytical laboratories. The CIC will also 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.

Located at Clariant’s largest manufacturing site, the CIC will benefit from the excellent 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

“Advances in chemistry are necessary to help our customers respond to society’s trends and challenges. We therefore see fostering R&D and Innovation as one of the four strategic pillars defining the future path of our company,” said CEO Hariolf Kottmann. “Experience shows that innovation results from open communication and an on-going exchange of ideas which often sparks further ideas and solutions. The new CIC will facilitate this, providing a stimulating environment fostering creativity and know-how exchange. We are delighted to share this important step for Clariant with our distinguished guests today.”

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.”

Clariant is a globally leading specialty chemicals company, based in Muttenz near Basel/Switzerland. On December 31, 2012 the company employed a total workforce of 21,202. In the financial year 2012, Clariant recorded sales of CHF 6.038 billion for its continuing businesses. The company reports in four business areas: Care Chemicals, Catalysis & Energy, Natural Resources and Plastics & Coatings. 

Source: Clariant