Clariant is planning to expand its global research and development (R&D) activities at its site in Frankfurt, Germany. The new, 23,000 square meter “Clariant Innovation Center” is due to be completed by the end of 2012. It will provide space for 500 people. The planned center will be located in the Frankfurt-Höchst Industrial Park and represents an investment of more than 50 million Euros.
It features an open architectural office and laboratory concept that combines chemical research and development activities, which belong to the Group Technology Services structure, with application-oriented laboratories and technical marketing functions of several business units. Besides Chemical Analysis, the new building will also host the New Business Development and Intellectual Property Management units as well as the Patent department. Combining different disciplines will allow Clariant to further expand its R&D pipeline and strengthen its innovation power.