Henkel recently announced it has laid the corner stone for the new global innovation center of its adhesive technologies business at the company’s headquarters in Düsseldorf, Germany. The company reportedly invests more than E130 million (approximately $152 million) to erect a state-of-the-art building. Once completed, the facility will allow more than 350 experts to develop new technologies and applications for a variety of industries. The building will also serve as a global customer center, where new solutions for adhesives, sealants and functional coatings will be presented. 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 Hans Van Bylen, CEO. “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,” said Jan-Dirk Auris, board member. “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.”

For more information, visit www.henkel.com.