Know your purpose
CES 2020: The digital world of tomorrow
Is the digital transformation harming our climate?
Why does a company exist? Many people would probably say that a company’s main purpose is to run the business successfully. However, this answer is too short. At Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, we not only want to operate profitably and serve the interests of our owners and shareholders. We also want to support our employees, society and the environment. I would even say that the one is not possible without the other. (more…)
Why is a company like Merck KGaA Darmstadt, Germany participating in the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas? Quite simply because our innovative material solutions are a fundamental component of artificial intelligence (AI), 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous driving and smart cities. It’s why the CES in Las Vegas is a must for us. (more…)
At first glance, server farmers may seem a lot more eco-friendly than blast furnaces. But even the fourth Industrial Revolution is leaving behind a huge environmental footprint that we can no longer ignore. As a leading science and technology company, we at Merck KGaA Darmstadt Germany see it as our responsibility to act in a sustainable manner and to help make the digital transformation more climate-friendly.
In the course of the digital transformation, materials for the electronics industry must meet increasingly higher expectations. New computer chips, touchscreens and VR glasses call for the development of entirely new materials. By acquiring Intermolecular, a leading specialist for material innovation, Merck KGaA Darmstadt, Germany is now addressing this challenge in order to continue to advance the development of next-generation digital technologies.
When it comes to digital technologies such as 5G, virtual reality, autonomous driving, mobile payment systems, robotics, and Artificial Intelligence, there is no bypassing China anymore. In all these sectors, the country has carved out leading market positions and is consequently transforming itself into an innovation-driven economy. With our electronic chemicals, OLED and LC materials, we’re not only a source of important impetus here, we also actively operate research and development in China and promote start-ups.
When the future of work is concerned, there is no escaping the concept of Artificial Intelligence (AI). No other technology is currently considered to have the same vast potential to revolutionize our daily working life. But how exactly will AI transform our world of work? And, do we need to be worried about being replaced by robots soon? Here’s an outlook.
Whether electromobility, autonomous driving or smart traffic apps – future mobility calls for innovative technologies. Even if it’s not immediately apparent – products from EMD Performance Materials offer the automotive industry entirely new possibilities and can help to make future mobility more sustainable, efficient and smarter. Read about it here yourself!
Velcro strips, cordless power drills and microchips are just a few of the many innovations that space exploration has given rise to. As an innovation-driven technology company, Merck KGaA Darmstadt, Germany is therefore proud to be partnering with the European Space Agency (ESA) to help advance aerospace technology. And of course other things as well.
Equal rights have been an issue for many years. Women are still underrepresented in leadership positions and certain sectors such as the chemical industry. This is why Merck is taking various measures to strengthen the role of women within the company, even though a great deal has happened in the past few years. I believe that the new opportunities arising from the future of work in particular offer great potential in terms of equal rights.
Smart equipment, digital business models and a globally connected economy are driving new world of work. At the same time, the competency profiles called for by the digital world of work are changing drastically. So as not to lose ground in the age of Industry 4.0, employee advanced training is a crucial investment for companies today. In this blog, I’d like to present one of our innovative advanced training initiatives at Merck KGaA Darmstadt, Germany to you.
Managing global teams – spread all over the world in different time zones; new and much closer collaboration with external and internal partners; new ways of communication and collaboration enabled by new technological possibilities. The changes in our working environment have many and very different faces.
From smartphone to Smart Home: Technological progress will change not only the way we communicate, but also how we live and furnish our homes. In the Performance Materials business sector at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, we are intensively exploring innovations that could someday be part of the standard furnishings within our own four walls.
Digital change is already impacting daily life in a variety of ways. People are using increasingly sophisticated smartphones and taking them everywhere they go. As a manufacturer of liquid crystals, which made the flat displays and brilliant images of smartphones possible in the first place, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany has played a defining role in this trend.
Regardless of when the next German federal government is formed, one of its most important tasks will be setting the course for digital Transformation. The need for a high-capacity infrastructure with a well-developed broadband network is just as great as that to clarify legal issues regarding data protection, IT security, and contract and liability law.
As a result of digital transformation, we’re increasingly working across national borders and department boundaries. Globalization is making intercultural collaboration more and more important: This is the only way for companies to make the best use of their employees’ expertise, whether functional or local.
Companies that want to thrive in the digital age must prepare their employees for the new challenges that lie ahead. That’s because the skills required in the new working world are changing dramatically.
In the new world of work, shaped by the opportunities provided by digitalization, life-long learning becomes more and more important. Future innovations will not be driven by technology alone, but particularly by the people using the technology, and the way they work with each other.
Whether Scrum, Design Thinking, Lean Start-up or Job Crafting – countless approaches and methods promise more agile project management, more creativity and more efficient development of products. Keeping track of them all is not that easy. When it comes to introducing new agile working methods, it’s crucial to take the special features of the various departments within a company into account and not to neglect anyone.