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We continue to systematically expand our research and development activities.

Research and development plays a significant role in increasing our competitiveness and expanding our business through the development of innovative processes and products as well as the ongoing optimization of existing production processes.

Therefore, we continued to systematically expand our research and development activities in 2012. Existing products and processes were refined and optimized with a short- to medium-term time horizon. In addition, the Innovation & Technology Group Function focused above all on initiating medium- to long-term research projects. Thereby we aim to ensure success in the high-growth areas of the future and thus safeguard the Group’s sustainable performance & development.


As a central unit, the Innovation & Technology Group Function focuses on complementing our business units’ research work with new, longer-term, cross-business unit projects. We ensure that potential synergies are exploited to the full and innovations can be applied in various LANXESS units.  


Our group function expanded in all areas in 2012 & 2013, thereby significantly strengthening our expertise in both chemistry and technology. As a matter of fact Innovation & Technology offers today competent support for the business units along the entire value chain from the first project idea to the development of products and processes including the optimization of production plants.

 

The research concentrates on both process and product innovation.


In the area of process innovation and optimization, we direct our efforts toward developing new processes, integrating new technologies into existing production processes and conducting efficiency projects to achieve cost and technology leadership. All aspects of development, optimization and implementation of novel and improved production process concepts are covered by the various departments of Innovation, 

Product innovation is focused on the development of new products and new applications for existing products as well as on product modifications. The search for new products is more broadly based, the main topics are generally applicable to multiple business units with a medium- to long-term time horizon. Our research goals are derived from the global megatrends: Mobility, Agriculture, Urbanization and Water

Granting access to expert know-how in product and process development to strengthen LANXESS competitiveness by an improved innovation network is one additional task. Therefore we expanded our network of external partners through the establishment of new alliances with universities, institutes and leading companies in various fields such as biotechnology, nanotechnology, micro technology and membrane technology.

Strengthening the abilities and interdisciplinary processes for innovation at LANXESS increases the competitiveness.

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