Essen, Germany --- Klaus Engel, ceo of Evonik, has laid the foundation for two new research and development centres at Evonik Industries AG's Essen site. The group is set to invest a total of Euro 31 million in the two complexes.
One is for new, environmentally benign additives and special binders for the paints and coatings industry, and one for innovative and sustainable products for the Business Unit Consumer Specialties, which includes Comfort & Insulation - the polyurethanes additives business.
The innovation centre for Consumer Specialties is to be completed early in 2013, with the innovation centre for paints and coatings being finished at the end of 2012. The new R & D buildings will provide modern, state of the art working environments for over 180 employees, said Evonik.
"We want to be in a position to offer our customers future-ready solutions. We do this by relying on high creativity and innovative expertise. The two innovation centres will not only offer us scope for research and development, they shall also strengthen our competitiveness and our position in the market. We therefore want to send out clear signals for sustainable growth and customer-oriented action," Engel said. c
In the 5000 sq.m centre for Consumer Specialties, costing about Euro 16.6 million, Evonik will develop future-oriented solutions, including silicone- and bio-based products. Among other products, this unit makes cosmetic raw materials and active ingredients, emulsifiers, cosmetic oils, conditioners, performance additives such as thickeners, and silicone based products used in the polyurethane, textile, paper, agro and many other industries.
The paints and coatings industry is an important market for Coatings & Additives, one in which Evonik is a major manufacturer of binders, pigments, crosslinking agents, colour pastes, matting agents, and other performance additives. In the search for new solutions and products, some 90 employees will conduct research activities at the second, 5000 sq.m centre. This will cost about Euro 14.4 million and will focus on products meeting rising demand for environmentally benign and resource efficient products.