Evonik inaugurates new silane center in Switzerland

Evonik inaugurates new silane center in Switzerland

7:02 AM, 15th July 2016
Evonik inaugurates new silane center in Switzerland
(L-R) Mustafa Guzelsahin (building protection), Klaus Engel (CEO of Evonik), Klaus Eberhardt (mayor of the city of Rheinfelden), Stefan Bade (head of innovation management silane) at the opening ceremony.

ESSEN, GERMANY: Evonik industries AG has inaugurated its new silanes competence center at its site in Rheinfelden, Switzerland - continuing its expansion in research and development in the area of silane technology.

The specialty chemicals company invested a low two-digit million euro amount in the construction project. The 100 employees now have new workplaces in the 3,500 m² building. It took two years to construct the four-floor competence center, which contains state-of-the-art laboratories.

Demand for innovative specialty silanes is high in all markets. For example, the silanes protect buildings, bridges, and monuments against corrosion, make smartphones more efficient and enable fuel-saving tires and durable paints.

The new research center fits perfectly into Evonik’s integrated silane production system. Silane research has been carried out at this site for more than 80 years – the first patent for a silane was granted here in 1934. Evonik is continuing this tradition with its investment in the new laboratory building.

In his inauguration speech, Klaus Engel, chairman of the Executive Board of Evonik Industries, emphasized the importance of research and development.

“Innovation is a significant driver of Evonik’s growth and an important pillar of our corporate strategy. However, the ability to create new products is not only extremely important for our group. For Germany, as one of the leading industrial nations, innovations are vital to secure jobs and also for the prosperity of our country,” said Klaus Engel, chairman of the executive board of Evonik Industries, at the opening ceremony.

“We have created optimum working conditions with short distances between the workplaces, which favors collaboration and encourage employees to share ideas and experiences. This will enable us to create customized solutions for our customers even faster and more efficiently,” said Johannes Ohmer, member of the board of management Evonik Resource Efficiency GmbH.

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