Biz Brief: August 2013 CT

Evonik launches its Composites Project House.

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Evonik Industries (Essen, Germany) has launched its Composites Project House. As the tenth in a succession of similar internal developmental organizations, it is based in Marl, Germany, with a branch in Darmstadt, Germany. The Composites Project House will develop new materials and system solutions for the lightweight construction sector. The topics to be addressed include automotive and aviation applications and applications in renewable energy. Having established the Composites Project House, the specialty chemicals company is intensifying its strategic research for resource-efficient, sustainable solutions, particularly in the field of mobility. “Our aim in setting up the Composites Project House is to expand our expertise in the field of composites. Innovative composites will make it possible to improve resource efficiency significantly at the same time,” says Dr. Dahai Yu, Evonik’s executive board member responsible for the Specialty Materials segment. In the project house, Evonik’s strategic R&D unit, experts from several operating units and external experts work together on issues that will expand Evonik’s product and technology portfolio and drive research forward until commercial products are ready for use. The research findings are then commercialized either by Evonik’s established operating units or an internal start-up.