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Henkel laid the cornerstone for the new global innovation center of its Adhesive Technologies business at the company's headquarters in Düsseldorf. The company invests more than €130 million to erect a state-of-the-art building. Once completed, the facility will allow more than 350 Henkel experts to develop new technologies and applications for a variety of industries. The building will also serve as a global customer center, where Henkel will present new solutions for adhesives, sealants and functional coatings. The opening of the innovation center is planned for the end of 2020.
"Innovations are an integral part of our corporate strategy. They drive our growth. That is why we are making this targeted investment in innovation and growth," said Henkel CEO Hans Van Bylen at the foundation stone ceremony. "This particular investment is also a strong commitment to our hometown, Düsseldorf, which is one of our largest research, development and production sites worldwide."
"The innovation center for Adhesive Technologies will support our ambition to offer innovative solutions and comprehensive service to our customers. We want to take our innovation capabilities for adhesives, sealants and functional coatings to the next level," explained Jan-Dirk Auris, Henkel Board member for the Adhesive Technologies business. "Our goal is to improve the cross-team collaboration and knowledge exchange among our employees within a state-of-the-art and inspiring work environment. At the same time, we will use the new building as an interactive customer center. We want to excite our customers by experiencing our innovations and technologies first-hand there and develop new high-impact solutions together."
Room for More than 350 Employees
The seven-story innovation center will feature numerous labs, research and testing facilities, office space and conference rooms spread out over an area of about 50,000 square meters. The building will represent all technologies the business unit offers globally under one roof. Following its planned completion at the end of 2020, more than 350 employees from the Research and Development, Product Development, Application Technology, Technical Service and Innovation areas will move into the innovation center. These employees all currently work in different buildings across the Düsseldorf site. Thanks to its modular design, the innovation center will also allow for future growth.
Close Collaboration with Customers
In addition to research and product development, the new building will additionally integrate a modern customer center and offer an inspiring environment in which customers from all over the world will be able to experience first-hand the innovative and technological leadership of Adhesive Technologies in various fields of application. They will get the chance to talk to experts and test new applications there. At the same time, the innovation center will be closely connected to Adhesive Technologies’ global development and application centers all over the world to facilitate customized solutions based on global technologies for local markets.