Chemical specialist Clariant is opening its new €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 centres in chemical research and process technology as well as application laboratories for several business units and 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 centres 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 36,000sqm 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.
The new site is also host to a new exhibition. Themed “In touch with Clariant”, the new multimedia exhibition showcases Clariant innovations that are already at the forefront in aiding customers and society to meet the global challenges of environmental protection, globalization & urbanization as well as resources & energy. Highlights of the exhibition 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 with major partners, including Audi, to substitute natural gas by converting CO2 with hydrogen derived from renewable energy. This is an attractive solution for CO2 utilization, energy storage as well as future clean energy supply.
“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 innovative 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.”