Growth driven by innovation

We invest significantly in R&D to drive growth through innovation, create more profitable, safer, and more sustainable products and processes, develop our own capabilities, and improve the way we work. We believe that being open to the ideas and enthusiasm of outside collaborators will help our company achieve its maximum potential and lead the way to a more sustainable chemical industry. 

Key figures

€100 million

per year invested in Research, Development & Innovation (RD&I)

5000+

We hold more than 5000 patents

7

key RD&I locations.

You find them listed below!

The beginning of a new era

A look back at the chemical industry in terms of innovation clearly shows that there have been two significant eras of development. Right now we stand at the beginning of a third era, the so-called "circular chemistry” era. This era is all about reducing the impact of our activities on the planet.


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Collaborative innovation

We believe that being open to the ideas and enthusiasm of outside collaborators will help our company achieve its maximum potential and lead the way to a more sustainable chemical industry. We therefore work closely with customers to develop solutions that meet their changing needs and forge partnerships with external parties such as startups whose unique ideas complement our experience, resources, and business needs.

Have a great idea? Talk to us!

Go to our Open Innovation Space and learn more about work with us as equal partners to make the chemicals industry more sustainable.

Areas of interest includes key technologies related to our product portfolio, bio-based surfactants, waste-water treatment, cellulose technology, chloralkali and much more. 

Academic partnerships and programs

Examples includes the Impuls Program with the Technical University of Eindhoven, ARC-CBBC; our partnership with technology venture capital company Icos Capital; screening, scouting and venturing, our own global technology scouting team; S/Park, the open innovation campus at our Deventer research center and many more initiatives driven by our business units.

Our Imagine Chemistry program

Through our Imagine Chemistry collaborative innovation program we invite startups, scale-ups, university spin-outs, and other potential partners to work as equals and tackle chemistry-related challenges and uncover new ways to create value for customers. The program was first launched in 2017 and is now running for the 3rd time.

Imagine Chemistry 2019 launched

Jan 8, 2019

Nouryon partners with Unilever, investment companies and startup networks to accelerate innovation in chemistry.

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The Imagine Chemistry Challenge

The annual Imagine Chemistry Challenge where teams are invited to work with us as equal partners to tackle some of our most urgent chemistry-related challenges and turn your innovative ideas into reality was first launched in 2017 and is now running for the 3rd time. 

 

Find out more on the dedicated Imagine Chemistry website.

FiliGrade founder and CEO Johan Kerver, shares how working with us in 2017 has helped to bring his idea for making plastic more sustainable to reality.

Our innovation strategy

Much of our innovation efforts focus on three areas where we push the frontiers of chemical innovation and strive to remain a true sustainable innovation leader. Through initiatives which span our entire business, we are pushing new frontiers in:

Biomass to chemistry

Independence from fossil feedstocks

We are leveraging our heritage in surfactant and cellulose chemistry to create an industry independent of fossil feedstocks.

Partnerships

We continue to use partnerships to accelerate innovation and manage risk. With Itaconix we are developing several applications using their bio-based polymers.

Biobased solutions

We keep developing novel bio-based solutions within our businesses. Together with Renmatix for instance, we are developing biobased additives for paints.

Resource efficient polymer technologies

Circular chemistry

We are using our polymer expertise to drive the transition to circular chemistry. We are working with partners to develop an advanced facility to convert household waste to chemicals.

Helping customers

In close collaboration we support our customers to produce polymers sustainably. For example, our CiD technology increases PVC production capacity by 20-40% while improving quality, reducing costs, and making production safer.

Sustainable polymers

We have our own innovation programs on developing new, sustainable polymer solutions.

Green electrochemistry

Green energy

We create sustainable raw materials using green energy.

Innovating traditional processes

The creation of sustainable raw materials is done by innovating traditional processes and exploring new businesses.

Our R&D organization

The majority of our R&D budget is dedicated to growing our existing portfolio of innovative products and developing next generation products and technologies. This is managed by the individual Business Units and much of this work is done in collaboration with our customers. The deep knowledge of our customers' applications allows for focused, application-driven research and innovative customer support.

 

To support these efforts our Expert Capability groups provide deep expertise and high-level facilities in the fields of process technology, measurement and analytical sciences, and molecules and materials technologies. 

We are opening a new India HQ and research center to support growth

Our new Mumbai location brings together research and sales as well as business support functions, and enables us to better meet customer needs across the region.


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Open positions in R&D

Open until Sunday 20 Jan 2019

R&D Engineer / Industrial PhD student

Full-time, PPC Performance Chemicals

Sundsvall, Sweden
Open until Monday 21 Jan 2019

Senior / Hoofd technician WTB

Fulltime, Industrial Chemicals Chlor Alkali

Rotterdam, Netherlands
Open until further notice

Senior Researcher

Full-time, Surface Chemistry RD&I

, China
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Our main R&D locations around the world

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More information

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Our Open Innovation Space

Learn more about work with us as equal partners and how to submit YOUR ideas

We are Nouryon

Your partner in essential chemistry
for a sustainable future

Industries worldwide rely on our essential chemistry in the manufacture of everyday products such as paper, plastics, building materials, and personal care items. Building on the dedication of our employees and our shared commitment to safety, sustainability, and open innovation, we have established a world-class business and built strong partnerships with our customers. We operate in over 80 countries around the world and our portfolio of industry leading brands includes Eka, Dissolvine, Trigonox, and Berol.