2010: Acquisition of Millipore
With the acquisition of the Millipore Corporation, a life science company headquartered in Billerica, Massachusetts, the strategy of focusing on profitable, high-growth specialty products and expanding the U.S. presence continues. The total purchase price amounts to around € 5.2 billion.
German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel opens the Chemicals Research
German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and Karl-Ludwig Kley, Chairman of the Executive Board of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, inaugurate the Materials Research Center. The research and development center with a cleanroom pilot plant offers 340 employees a modern working environment.
Acquisition of AZ Electronic Materials
Through the acquisition of AZ Electronic Materials for around € 1.9 billion, the existing, highly profitable Liquid Crystals business is complemented by high-tech electronic materials. Products from AZ are widely used in integrated circuits, flat-panel displays and LEDs.
2014: Groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of global headquarters
The expansion of the Darmstadt site into a contemporary global headquarters is clearly taking shape. The symbolical groundbreaking for the modular Innovation Center in 2014 marks the launch of the "ONE Global Headquarters" project.