Research & development

Research & development based on our own raw materials forms the foundation for future customer solutions.

Applying scientific methods and approaches, our research & development department develops new products and procedures. Increasing our knowledge to remain competitive on the market by means of innovation is our ambition and stimulus. Our R&D department therefore collaborates closely with universities and research institutes as well as highly qualified young engineers as trainees and graduands.

Furthermore, we expand our knowledge of natural raw materials and our own deposits by integration into fundamental research projects.

The group of companies is supported in its projects by AIF, KMU Innovativ, ZIM projects and BMBF, among others.

The purpose of this department is to convert these research results into improved products and procedures, both for ourselves and for our customers.

Since 2016, this department has been headed by Prof. Dr. Ralf Diedel. Previously, Prof. Diedel had been working as managing director of the research institute Forschungsinstitut Glas & Keramik (FGK) in Höhr-Grenzhausen for many years. With his degree in mineralogy and with decades of practical experience, he enriches the department with his knowledge and creativity for new projects.