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Press releases, 2011-02-25

"Job Multiversum" provides first-hand look at research and production

Around 170 future scientists and engineers visit companies at Industriepark Höchst

On February 24, 2011, 170 future college graduates accepted the invitation of several companies – Celanese, Clariant, Infraserv Höchst, Kuraray, LyondellBasell and Sanofi-Aventis – to spend a day learning about professions and career opportunities at Industriepark Höchst and touring production and research facilities that are normally closed to the public. This marked the third year in a row for "Job-Multiversum", a different sort of job fair for scientists and engineers.

Its main goal is to promote and introduce to students all the career opportunities available at this exciting high-tech site with many well-known multinational tenants. "We are proud of our site's dynamic development over the past ten years and the potential it holds for the future," said Roland Mohr, Managing Director of Infraserv Höchst, in his welcome address to the students. "Today, you will see how companies apply and enhance state-of-the-art technologies. You may even see your future workplace here."

In demand: Black Belts, jacks-of-all-trades and pharmaceutical researchers

The companies had planned an exciting day for the upcoming engineers and scientists. In one morning and one afternoon program, specialty-chemical companies Celanese, Clariant and Kuraray, park operator Infraserv Höchst, petrochemical producer LyondellBasell and pharmaceutical firm Sanofi-Aventis took them on a tour of the research, production and engineering activities at their plants. The students were also able to talk in-depth with experts and HR managers at the central fair site in the Peter Behrens Building.

At Celanese's vinyl-acetate plant, the students learned what skills you need to start working at a production facility as a Six Sigma Black Belt. Clariant showcased everyday chemical applications such as the production of laundry detergent or cosmetics. Kuraray explained that it needed "jacks-of-all-trades" to develop new polymer applications based on innovative chemical engineering processes. At Sanofi-Aventis, the students watched every step in the production of a medical product: from the prototype design to the finished insulin pen.

At LyondellBasell, the visitors learned about the development of customized plastics for the automotive industry. Park operator Infraserv Höchst described how to use waste to produce electricity and steam, what advanced environmental protection covers at a chemical site, and how to efficiently and effectively supply a large production site with energy and all the process media such as steam, cooling water and industrial gases.

The students appreciated the opportunity to see first-hand "what really happens in industry" outside the university, according to one biotech student. Nadine Jansky, a chemical-engineering student who explored the environmental-analytics labs at Infraserv Höchst, was delighted by the hands on approach: "This was a wonderful opportunity to take a good look at the environment where I want to work one day. I really enjoyed being able to talk to working engineers and professionals about career paths and other issues in a relaxed atmosphere, without the pressure of a job interview."

Not your average job fair: Students visit Clariant's pilot plant for process development. Thorsten Schneider, the plant manager, explains the process of synthesizing and developing a typical product, from research to commercial production.
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Infraserv Höchst operates advanced technical infrastructure for the chemical, pharmaceutical and related process industries. It is the Frankfurt-based operator of Industriepark Höchst. Infraserv GmbH & Höchst KG supplies companies with energy and utilities, disposes of various wastes, and provides business space and infrastructure. Its service portfolio also includes environmental, security and safety services as well as health products. The wholly owned subsidiaries of the Infraserv Höchst Group include Infraserv Logistics, Provadis Partner für Bildung und Beratung GmbH, and Technion, a provider of pilot plant services.

Infraserv GmbH & Co. Höchst KG has 1,900 employees and 140 trainees on its payroll. The Infraserv Höchst Group has 2,700 employees and 171 trainees. In 2010, Infraserv Höchst and its subsidiaries generated approx. EUR 1.2 billion in revenues.

Industriepark Höchst is home to some 90 companies in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, basic and specialty chemicals, crop protection, food additives and services. Some 22,000 people come to work at Industriepark Höchst. The site covers 460 hectares (1,137 acres); 50 hectares are still available for use. The companies at Industriepark Höchst invested around EUR 495 million in the site in 2010. Total investment since 2000 amounts to roughly EUR 4.8 billion.

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