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Smart solutions for a good future

The Smart Materials division includes businesses with innovative materials that enable resource-saving solutions and replace conventional materials.

The products are continuously developed and adapted to the needs of the customers. They are the smart answer to the major challenges of our time: environment, urbanization, energy efficiency, mobility and health.

The Smart Materials division's strong technology platforms pave the way to greater resource efficiency and sustainability: Inorganic materials with superior properties such as silica, silanes, peroxides and specialty catalysts, and high-tech polymers such as polyamide 12, polyimide, special polybutadienes and polyesters as well as compounds, composites and membranes based on them.

Smart materials are developed and produced in a total of six business areas that contribute to helping people lead a good and sustainable life, today and tomorrow.

The Smart Materials division employs more than 7,900 people and achieved sales of around EUR 4.8 billion in the 2022 fiscal year.