The foundations have been laid at Henkel’s new Adhesives Technologies Global Innovation Centre at its headquarters in Düsseldorf, Germany, and building work is underway.
The company has invested more than €130m (US$147m) in the state-of-the-art facility where it will develop new technologies and applications for a variety of industries.
The facility will also serve as a global customer center for Henkel to present solutions for adhesives, sealants and functional coatings. It will support UK customers seeking tailor-made solutions and provide complementary facilities to those at Henkel’s UK headquarters in Hemel Hempstead.
Spread over an area of 50,000m2 , the seven-story building will house numerous laboratories, research and testing facilities, office space and conference rooms. Thanks to its modular design, capacity can be expanded in future, if required.
Around 350 employees from R&D, product development, application technology and service, who currently work across the other facilities at the Düsseldorf site, will be brought together in the new center.
Opening is scheduled for the end of 2020.