GERMANY: The cornerstone of a new €100 million Clariant Innovation Center was officially laid during a ceremony today at the Industriepark Höchst in Frankfurt.
During the next several months, the Swiss specialty chemicals firm will build its new office and laboratory facility of approximately 387,000 square feet on a site that will soon provide jobs for some 500 researchers. The concept for the building aims to offer an optimal working environment through its open architectural design, according to Clariant.
Attending the ceremony were Hessen State Finance Minister Thomas Schäfer, Clariant executive committee member Christian Kohlpaintner and Ulrich Ott, managing director of the company’s operations in Germany.
“Innovation is the foundation of the future, both for individual companies and society as a whole,” said Kohlpaintner, whose responsibilities at Clariant include research and development. “I hope that the bright and transparent rooms will not only be the birthplace for new ideas that flourish and grow, but also provide the environment for an inspiring exchange between our researchers and technicians, as well as with their partners in the fields of science and industry.”
Clariant’s global research activities will, in the future, be centered in Höchst, Germany.
“We have selected Höchst as the location because it already provides a maximum of research and development resources, including technical schools and institutions of higher education,” explained Dr. Ott.
The building, designed by the HPP architectural firm of Düsseldorf, is based on an open concept for an office and laboratory building. This approach is meant to enhance chemical research and development of application-specific laboratories and technical marketing functions for different business units, according to Clariant.
In addition to analytics, the new facility will be the location of the new business development and intellectual property management units as well as the patent department. An objective of bringing together different disciplines is to enhance Clariant’s R&D pipeline and further improve the company’s innovation capabilities.