Research concentrates on both process and product innovation.
Product innovation is focused on the development of new products and new applications for existing products and the modification of existing products. The search for new products is more broadly based and the main topics are generally applicable to multiple business units with a medium- to long-term time horizon. Our research goals are derived from the global megatrends of mobility, agriculture, urbanization and water.
Granting access to expert know-how in product and process development to strengthen LANXESS' competitiveness via an improved innovation network is one additional task. Therefore we expanded our network of external partners by establishing new alliances with universities, institutes and leading companies in various fields such as biotechnology, nanotechnology, micro technology and membrane technology.
Strengthening the abilities and interdisciplinary processes for innovation at LANXESS increases our competitiveness.
Most of our basic research is conducted in collaboration with universities and research institutes. Generating knowledge in this way is not only far more efficient and cost-effective than maintaining our own resources; it also gives young scientists the opportunity to acquire practical experience with a global enterprise.
In 2015, we had a total of 153 (2014: 154) major research and development alliances, 35 (2014: 41) of which were with universities, 97 (2014: 79) with suppliers or customers, and 21 (2014: 34) with research institutes.