Henkel recently inaugurated its new Inspiration Center Düsseldorf (ICD), located in Germany. With an investment volume of 130 million euros, the Adhesive Technologies business unit has built a state-of-the-art global innovation and customer center on the premises of the company headquarters and has been gradually commissioning it since mid-2021.
With a floor area of 47,000 square meters, the ICD provides space for 30 laboratories, four technology centers, and more than 650 Henkel experts.
At the same time, the new building serves as a global customer center where Adhesive Technologies presents its entire technology portfolio of adhesives, sealants, and functional coatings and works on new solutions together with customers from over 800 industry segments.
“The ICD reinforces our commitment to further strengthen our globally leading portfolio and know-how in materials science and to create value for our customers,” added Jan-Dirk Auris, executive VP Henkel Adhesive Technologies. “We offer our employees here an inspiring working environment that promotes knowledge exchange and daily collaboration and uses state-of-the-art technologies. At the same time, the ICD brings our entire portfolio to life for our customers and enables close collaboration with them and with external partners on novel future-oriented solutions.”
In addition to the extensive R&D facilities, Henkel has integrated a modern customer experience center into the ICD. Here, with the help of modern digital technologies and numerous exhibits, customers from all over the world can directly experience the innovative and technological power in a wide range of application areas.
Thanks to the flexible design, each visit can be tailored to individual needs. The area is then used to intensify the exchange and collaboration between customers and Henkel experts, and to jointly develop and test new applications in the building.
Henkel Adhesive Technologies is globally leading with high-impact solutions in adhesives, sealants and functional coatings. The business unit supplies more than 100,000 customers in over 800 industry segments with customized products and technologies used in a wide range of consumer and industrial goods.
The central focus of Adhesive Technologies’ innovation activities is on developing sustainable solutions for its customers. The business unit is consistently working on products that enable resource efficiency in production and during use throughout the entire life cycle and that are based on renewable or recycled raw materials.
In addition, Henkel offers a growing portfolio for the recyclability of, for example, packaging or consumer goods and the repairability of everyday products, and is working intensively on new debonding solutions to drive efficient debonding of a wide range of materials across industries, thereby increasing longevity and recyclability.