Picture: © Julius Silver / Pixabay
Picture: © Julius Silver / Pixabay
Press release
Products & Solutions
October 7, 2019

The city of the future: more comfortable, safe, and sustainable

More than half the world’s population now lives in cities, and this proportion continues to increase. Solutions from Evonik are already helping make life in tomorrow’s cities more comfortable, safe, and sustainable.

World Habitat Day, held on the first Monday of October each year, and World Cities Day on the last day of October draw attention to the condition of cities.

“The two action days, initiated by the United Nations, remind us that we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities,” says Claus Rettig, head of Evonik’s Resource Efficiency segment. “With our innovations, we’re already contributing toward linking good infrastructure, resource conservation, and a high quality of life.”

This is made possible by, for example, building protection agents from Evonik. Deep impregnation by silanes prevents water and the substances dissolved in it from penetrating into the building fabric and damaging it. The idea of giving self-healing properties to concrete goes even further: In the Wallcraft project, the company is developing a product additive that extends the life of concrete by allowing triggered sealing of cracks.

Already, more people are living in cities than in rural areas; in the year 2050 three quarters of the world population will be living in an urban environment. The world is therefore experiencing the largest growth wave of urban development in history.

In a collection of articles, the company gives many other examples of how Evonik products contribute toward making life in the city more comfortable, safe, and sustainable.

Company information

Evonik is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals. The focus on more specialty businesses, customer-oriented innovative prowess and a trustful and performance-oriented corporate culture form the heart of Evonik’s corporate strategy. They are the lever for profitable growth and a sustained increase in the value of the company. Evonik benefits specifically from its customer proximity and leading market positions. Evonik is active in over 100 countries around the world. In fiscal 2018, the enterprise with more than 32,000 employees generated sales of €13.3 billion and an operating profit (adjusted EBITDA) of €2.15 billion from continuing operations.

About Resource Efficiency

The Resource Efficiency segment is led by Evonik Resource Efficiency GmbH and produces high performance materials and specialty additives for environmentally friendly as well as energy-efficient systems to the automotive, paints & coatings, adhesives, construction, and many other industries. This segment employed about 10,000 employees, and generated sales of around €5.5 billion in 2018 from continuing operations.


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