HANOVER, Germany—One of Continental A.G.'s top research and development officials is pleased with the progress made thus far at its Taraxagum Lab Anklam research laboratory for dandelion rubber.
The 323,000-sq.-ft R&D center opened in December in Anklam, Germany, and represented a roughly $40 million investment, Conti said at the time of the opening.
"It's a dedicated facility and a new R&D location directly in the area where we have good conditions to do the agriculture," Andreas Topp, Conti vice president of material and process development and industrialization, said from Conti headquarters in Hanover. "It's a plant where we are now developing the process to extract the natural rubber from the roots of the plants. That's a big milestone for us."
After working about eight to nine years on the alternative natural rubber project, Topp is glad to see the Taraxagum plant in operation. "We are very optimistic that we are able to get our targets achieved, which is to be as productive as conventional Hevea production."