Swiss specialty chemical firm Clariant has officially laid the cornerstone of the new €100m Innovation Center to be built at the Industriepark Hochst in Frankfurt, Germany.
German architectural firm HPP has designed the building based on an open concept for an office and laboratory building, which is planned to house 500 researchers.
Clariant executive committee member Christian Kohlpaintner said: "Innovation is the foundation of the future, both for individual companies and society as a whole."
"I hope that the bright and transparent rooms will not only be the birthplace for new ideas that flourish and grow, but also provide the environment for an inspiring exchange between our researchers and technicians, as well as with their partners in the fields of science and industry," Kohlpaintner said.
The laboratory concept of the centre will combine chemical research and development activities that belong to technology services structure with application-oriented laboratories and technical marketing functions of several business units.
The new building will house Clariant’s chemical analysis, new business development and intellectual property management units as well as a patent department.
Clariant managing director of operations in Germany Ulrich Ott said: "We have selected Hochst as the location because it already provides a maximum of research and development resources, including technical schools and institutions of higher education."
"In addition, Frankfurt offers a number of infrastructure advantages, such as an attractive industry park, the proximity to various business partners and universities, as well as excellent connections to the transportation network," Ott said.
The Innovation Center is due to be completed by the end of 2012.
Image: The Innovation Center will be built across a 36,000 square metres area in Frankfurt am Main to house 500 researchers. Photo: Clariant.