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Clariant opens biotechnology center

By Scott Jenkins |

Global specialty chemical maker Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland; www.clariant.com) officially opened its new Group Biotechnology Research Center in Planegg, near Munich, today. In a ceremony attended by Ilse Aigner, the Bavarian Minister for Economic Affairs, Media, Energy and Technology, the key to the facility was symbolically handed over to CEO Hariolf Kottmann and the Head of Clariant’s Group Biotechnology André Koltermann. The move was prompted by an expansion of the company’s activities, with around 100 staff now employed at the CBC. The new building with its laboratory and office space of over 6,000 square meters offers excellent conditions for research work. “Establishing a dedicated research center for biotechnology in its own building right at the heart of one of Europe’s biggest biotech hubs is doing far more than just sending out a clear statement – it underpins Clariant’s commitment to innovation, sustainability and profitable growth”, explains André Koltermann. “Alongside the Clariant Innovation Center (CIC) in Frankfurt, the new Clariant Biotech Center (CBC) is another important global research facility for our company”, emphasized Hariolf Kottmann in an address. Since 2006, the Group Biotechnology…
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