The chemical company Röhm officially opened a new innovation center at its site in Worms, Germany. The company is pooling its European research activities at the state-of-the-art complex, which includes a laboratory building and a technical center with pilot plants .Also attending the event celebrating the opening were the managing partner of the Thelen Group, the real estate investor and general contractor for the project, and guests from the world of politics and business. 

“Our innovation center will become an incubator for future-oriented technologies in methacrylate chemistry, and will strengthen our leading position in Europe and beyond,” said CEO Michael Pack in his welcoming speech. The Prime Minister Rhineland-Palatinate, Malu Dreyer, also attended the festivities.

Special emphasis was placed on sustainability and energy efficiency during construction. “We have achieved the highest energy efficiency standard possible,” said Wolfgang Thelen, managing partner of the Thelen Group. The photovoltaic system planned for both roofs covers a large part of the buildings’ electricity needs, and heating is supplied by heat pumps.

Employees from Research and Production will work closely together at Röhm’s largest production site in Worms. Röhm has already invested significantly at the site in recent years, including new production plants and capacity expansions. The innovation center will create an additional 100 jobs at the location. Employees working in Research, Development, and Application Technology will collaborate on the development and optimization of innovative products, processes, and applications at the new center. Sustainability will be a major action field for the teams, driven by Röhm’s strategic goal to achieve climate-neutral production by 2050. Röhm’s employees will enjoy ideal research conditions at the new innovation center, and around 100 apprentices will complete their training at the site.

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