Market-oriented Research & Development

Innovative ideas lead to trend-setting technologies.

In 2016 the first products aligned to our R&D growth fields were developed to market maturity. Examples are biosurfactants, a new class of bio-based surfactants with enhanced properties that are produced entirely biologically.

Nutrition & Care

The Nutrition & Care segment made considerable progress in extending its product portfolio in our growth fields.

Resource Efficiency

In the Smart Materials growth field, the Resource Efficiency segment drove forward its commitment to 3D printing in 2016.

Performance Materials

The Performance Materials segment has launched a product that supports the trend in the automotive industry.


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