Wesel / Duisburg, Germany, November 5, 2008
ALTANA Innovation Conference holds its premiere: 100 scientists discuss specialty chemicals solutions for tomorrow
ALTANA AG continues to back research and innovation also in economically more difficult times, just as it always has. For the first time since the repositioning of the Group with its concentration on the specialty chemicals business, about one hundred of ALTANA's top scientists and development engineers are coming together today and tomorrow in the Mercatorhalle in Duisburg in the first "ALTANA Innovation Conference". They are to discuss technical and economical developments and trends, to exchange experiences and to develop specialty chemicals products for the future. Among the many important topics are new, functional surfaces, polymer electronics, nanotechnology, and the application of biotechnological processes in specialty chemistry. After its starting signal in this year, the ALTANA Innovation Conference is from now on going to take place on an annual basis. The Group-wide best innovation will be presented the "ALTANA Innovation Award".
"Innovation is the ultimate key for ALTANA's further growth," stated Dr. Matthias L. Wolfgruber, CEO of ALTANA AG. This is why the company's investments in research and development were almost twice as high as the average in the chemicals industry. Dr. Wolfgruber continued, "With these investments we safeguard our technological lead and offer our customers unique, innovative products and services, paving the way for the future success of our company."
"What is our life going to be like in ten or twenty years? What needs will people then have? Which are the decisive technologies to fulfill these needs? And in which areas will ALTANA then be present with its products? Among others, we are going to discuss these questions on a cross-division basis during the two days of the conference," explained Dr. Georg Wießmeier, who is responsible for innovation at ALTANA as the company's Chief Technology Officer. In addition to the exchange of expert knowledge, networking is also given special emphasis. "We are to exploit the globally available knowledge and expertise in the company in an even more efficient way in the future. We wish to identify synergies and eventually transfer them into new products. To this end we need employees who communicate across divisions and countries and jointly develop innovative solutions for our customers."