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Invite and F3 Factory

The European Chemical Factory of the Future Is Taking Shape at the Invite Research Center in Germany

| Editor: Marion Henig

Exterior view of the Invite research facility. The center is located on the perimeter of the Bayer site, making the company’s infrastructure available to all participating companies. (Picture: M.Henig/PROCESS)
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Exterior view of the Invite research facility. The center is located on the perimeter of the Bayer site, making the company’s infrastructure available to all participating companies. (Picture: M.Henig/PROCESS)

Site visit in Leverkusen, Germany: The foundation is being put in place for a third revolutionary production methodology in the process industry to take its place along side of continuous and batch production. European producers are joining forces to ensure that they stay one step ahead in the technology race, and an initial demonstration line has been constructed at the purpose-built research centre.

Leverkusen, Germany – The acronyms Invite, F3 Factory, Co2rrect and Mobidik are more than mere verbal acrobatics based on major strategies such as innovation, vision, technology (Invite) and fast, flexible, future (F3). The acronyms share a core message: Innovative mindsets and multi-site partnerships are needed to enhance the competitiveness of the European chemical industry. An open playing field which fits into this mold has been created at the Chemical Park in Leverkusen. The 1500 m2 Invite research center is more than just the home of the Invite research partnership between Bayer Technology Services (BTS) and the University of Applied Sciences in Dortmund, a collaborative venture which is based on the public private partnership model. It also provides a setting where people from the European chemical and pharmaceutical industry and leading European research institutions can come together. The list is long and includes names such as Arkema, AstraZeneca, BASF, Evonik and Rhodia among others. They all attended the official opening ceremony at the center and stayed on for a two-and-a-half day status review of the F3 project.

"Today we witness a moment of innovation for sustainable chemistry. A dream of many of you sitting here has finally come true." In his opening address, BTS CEO Dr. Dirk Van Meirvenne captured the mood that was evident at the state-of-the-art facility, not least on the faces of more than 100 invited guests from the business, government and scientific communities.

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