Tire manufacturer to acquire plot of land in Lilienthalring business park
Layout plan to be implemented step by step once building permit granted
Site manager and agricultural coordinator from nearby the Anklam region already hired
Last week the long-term plans of the international tire manufacturer Continental for its Taraxagum Lab Anklam have been presented to the Anklam town council. The submission was approved in principle with broad support for all the company’s plans. The next steps are for Continental to acquire the approximately 30,000 m² plot of land located in the Lilienthalring business park, obtain building permit from the town of Anklam and erect the first building. “We are very pleased indeed with the town council’s approval of our long-term project plans,” said Burkhardt Köller, Chairman of the Management Board of Continental Reifen Deutschland GmbH. “The next steps for our Taraxagum Lab Anklam project, which we will be implementing one at a time, are clearly defined. As announced in August 2016, over the next five years we intend to invest EUR 35 million to further explore the rubber production processes, which to date we’ve only established on a laboratory scale, for transforming them onto an industrial scale, moving from grams to kilos to tonnes, so to speak. As this represents a major entrepreneurial risk for us, we very much welcome the willingness of Anklam town council to sell us our chosen plot of land for the token sum of one euro.”
“We are planning to gradually increase the number of employees at the Taraxagum Lab site in Anklam to more than 20 by 2021,” added Dr. Andreas Topp, who is in charge of material and process development and industrialization for tires at Continental. “At the same time, we intend to enlarge the acreage in the region from 15 hectares at present to 800 hectares so as to increase crop yields to a level measured in tonnes. Our recruitment of the new site manager and the agricultural coordinator, both from nearby the Anklam region, also goes to show that we have perfect conditions here, not only in respect of the available crop area. Assuming that we can successfully implement the next steps of the project as planned, we and the town of Anklam can both look forward to a bright future for our Taraxagum Lab Anklam. We also believe that the huge amount of public interest, which this project has generated over the last few years will continue in the future.”
In the past few years, Continental and its project partners, the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME, branch office in Münster, the Julius Kühn-Institute in Quedlinburg, and the plant breeder ESKUSA, headquartered in Parkstätten, have already received three awards for the Taraxagum project. As these awards demonstrate, external experts too consider the industrialization of natural rubber from dandelion roots a highly promising venture. On behalf of the partners in the Taraxagum project, Continental recently received the 2016 Innovation Award presented by the international trade fair Automechanika. In 2015 Continental and the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME had already received the prestigious Joseph von Fraunhofer prize, and in 2014 the project won the GreenTec Award.