MOSCOW (MRC) -- With the construction of a new state-of-the-art innovation center in Worms (Germany), Rohm (Darmstadt, Germany) intends to further expand its technology leadership, as per the company's press release.
In future, around 100 scientists of the chemical company will work on the development of new products and processes under one roof. “By pooling our research activity at the biggest production site we have anywhere in the world, Rohm is set to expand on its leading market position,” says Michael Pack, Chief Executive Officer of Rohm. The construction site is currently under preparation, with completion scheduled for early 2023.
The new innovation center will feature modern laboratories and pilot plants. This will offer Rohm employees ideal conditions to develop new processes, products and applications with a view to breaking into new markets.
As a global company with 15 production sites on four continents, Rohm is also strengthening its research activities in the USA and China. In the past year, the company commissioned a technological center in Shanghai. At the same time, construction work is proceeding on a new technological center in Wallingford (Connecticut, USA), where research work will commence before the end of this year.
“Our global research activity sends a strong signal to the market and underlines our aspiration to be a leading supplier in the field of methaycrylate chemicals,” says Hans-Peter Hauck, COO at Rohm.
As MRC informed previously, Rohm carried out a scheduled turnaround in September 2021 of its methacrylate monomers plant at Worms, Germany. No specific date or duration for the planned maintenance program was given. The company announced in early January a series of scheduled shutdowns for four of its methyl methacrylate (MMA) and methacrylate monomer facilities in the first half of 2021, including one planned for 10–22 March also at its Worms plant. The other plants planned for turnaround in the first six months of the year are in Wesseling, Germany; Shanghai, China; and Fortier, Louisiana.
The principal application, consuming approximately 75% of the MMA, is the manufacture of polymethyl methacrylate acrylic plastics (PMMA). Methyl methacrylate is also used for the production of the co-polymer methyl methacrylate-butadiene-styrene (MBS), used as a modifier for polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
With 3,500 employees and 15 production sites worldwide, Rohm is one of the world’s leading manufacturers in the methacrylate business. The medium-sized company with branches in Germany, China, the USA, Russia, and South Africa has more than 80 years of experience in methacrylate chemistry and a strong technology platform. Our best-known brands include PLEXIGLAS®, ACRYLITE®, MERACRYL™, DEGALAN®, DEGAROUTE® and CYROLITE®.