Clariant recently opened 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 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.
Located at Clariant’s largest manufacturing site, the CIC will benefit from the 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 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.”