A New Home for K+S’s Research Competence
September 25, 2013 (Source: K+S AG) — The construction of the Analysis and Research Centre (AFZ) of the K+S Group in Unterbreizbach (Wartburgkreis) began today with the ground-breaking ceremony. Together with representatives of state and local politics, the K+S board members Gerd Grimmig and Dr. Thomas Nöcker gave the green light for the commencement of the construction.
The new Analysis and Research Centre of the K+S Group is an important element in the endeavours of the K+S Group to significantly drive forward its research and analysis activities. “The new centre will provide the conditions for further strengthening not only our leading technological position in the extraction and processing of German rock and potash salts, but also the innovative strength of the K+S Group,” says board member Gerd Grimmig.
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With a usable area of about 9,000 square metres, the centre, which is located in a new business zone, offers sufficient space for over 90 employees carrying out a wide range of research work and analytics services. Its central position in the Werra district makes “work at a short distance” possible with the Unterbreizbach, Hattorf and Wintershall production sites of the Werra plant as well as the Neuhof-Ellers plant near Fulda. It is also centrally located for the other German plants of the K+S Group.
“The new Analysis and Research Centre of the K+S Group will attract further highly-qualified people from the region. The company, the economy and the people of the Hesse-Thuringia potash district will also benefit from the centre”, says K+S board member Dr. Thomas Nöcker. As part of its business promotion programme, the Free State of Thuringia will support the construction of the new centre.
Research competence with a long history
The AFZ continues the long history of potash research within the increasingly international K+S Group. One of the first establishments of this kind, the Kaliforschungsanstalt (Potash Research Institute), was founded in Staßfurt in 1919. It moved to Berlin in 1927, was transferred to Hanover in 1948 and was renamed the Kaliforschungs-Institut (Potash Research Institute) nine years later. In 1989 it moved again, this time to Heringen, and in 2000 was finally renamed the K+S Research Institute.
Today scientists, technicians, engineers and experts in research and development work at the K+S Research Institute. Its core competences are focused on process-technical basic research, processing methods and salt analytics. Another important task is the specialist training of new employees. In future the AFZ, which is to commence operations at the new site at the end of 2015, will also take over more key research and analytics tasks for the foreign subsidiaries and production sites of the K+S Group.
K+S is one of the world’s leading suppliers of standard and speciality fertilizers. In the salt business, K+S is the world’s leading producer with sites in Europe as well as North and South America. K+S offers a comprehensive range of goods and services for agriculture, industry, and private consumers, which provides growth opportunities in virtually every sphere of daily life. The K+S Group employs more than 14,000 people worldwide. The K+S share – the commodities stock on the German DAX index – is listed on all German stock exchanges (ISIN: DE000KSAG888, symbol: SDF). More information about K+S at www.k-plus-s.com.
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