Covestro, one of the world’s largest polymer companies, extends partnership with RWTH Aachen University are extending their partnership in catalysis research. Dr. Markus Steilemann, the materials manufacturer’s chief innovation officer, and Rector Professor Ernst Schmachtenberg have signed a new partnership agreement, under which Covestro will contribute a total of 12 million euros over the next seven years to fund the CAT Catalytic Center in Aachen, operated jointly by the two partners.
The two partners had originally entered into a collaboration in 2007 to establish the facility. With 25 employees engaged in basic research into innovative technologies, the center focuses on fundamental, long-term issues in catalysis research. Professor Walter Leitner, Chair of Technical Chemistry and Petrochemistry at RWTH is associated with the center since its beginning and is presently its director. The greatest achievements by the CAT Catalytic Center and Covestro to date have been in the utilization of carbon dioxide as a new raw material in plastics production is the greatest achievements by the CAT Catalytic Center and Covestro.
Commending the business success of Covestro, Steilemann said, “Our power to innovate is key to Covestro’s business success and thus its future. We, therefore, collaborate closely with the research community. The CAT Catalytic Center and its international experts have produced many research results that have been extremely useful to us and our customers.”
Rector Schmachtenberg added: “The CAT Catalytic Center is representative of the fruitful partnership between science-oriented industry and application-oriented basic research. We are therefore very pleased that this facility has secured funding for the next few years.”
Covestro is active in the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction and the sports and leisure industries. Covestro has 30 production sites around the globe employing 15,800 people (full-time equivalents).”