R&D in the spotlight for BAG

Basalt-Actien-Gesellschaft (BAG) has set an important course for the future with the completion of its new Technology Centre.

The new building at the Cologne-Porz location is made up of an administrative, laboratory and seminar wing and will be the main address for a wide variety of activities for the entire BASALT Group.

By bundling technical expertise from the various fields of machine and environmental technology as well as asphalt and bitumen technology, they have created an ideal work environment for high productivity and creativity. Incorporating Bitumina Handel GmbH & Co. KG and the regional laboratory of Bergisch-Westerwälder Hartsteinwerke – a subsidiary of BAG – at this location can bring laboratory and mechanical developments and findings directly into practical application.

In particular, the new location expands research and product development in the fields of asphalt and bitumen for the entire BASALT Group. New, performance-oriented testing procedures and other means are used here to predict and refine the properties of the construction materials. The building is also equipped with a seminar area, which the subsidiaries can use for training courses, meetings and customer events of all kinds.

“By establishing the Technology Centre, Basalt-Actien-Gesellschaft is further expanding its own market position for the future as a competent and innovative manufacturer of construction materials,” concludes Dr Karl-Heinz Kolb, Director Asphalt technology.

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Sustainable Development

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Noted

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More at: bloomberg.com


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