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Our global R&D network comprises some 2,700 employees from a variety of disciplines at 35 locations. This interdisciplinary cooperation enables us to work on complex innovation topics and react rapidly to ever-shorter product lifecycles. We bring together our in-house expertise in specialty chemicals, process technology and engineering at an early stage in projects. By doing this, we can rapidly and efficiently implement new processes into industrial production. Turning successful research into business success requires a sound knowledge of the marketplace. Our R&D staff, therefore, work closely with their colleagues from Marketing & Sales. As a result, our innovations are very closely aligned to the needs of our customers. Bundling expertise
A current example of cross-unit cooperation is the manufacturing process of bio-based amino lauric acid, which can replace a petroleum-based raw material for the popular plastic polyamide 12, and was introduced in a pilot plant in Slovakia at the beginning of 2013. This is a biotechnological process in which custom-designed bacteria form the desired product. Evonik had to develop not only the bacteria but also the technology itself. The idea was born in the strategic innovation unit Creavis. It became a success because Evonik cross-linked its competencies in polymers, biotechnology and process engineering in this project, which was supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The result is a completely new process which provides an alternative, bio-based raw material for polyamide 12.