CES 2021

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Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany at CES 2021: Materials and Solutions for Advancing Digital Living    

  • We will share our vision for Advancing Digital Living at CES 2021
  • As the company behind the companies, our innovative materials and solutions enable the digital transformation accelerated by the global pandemic
Kai Beckmann Kai Beckmann

With our high-tech solutions, we are a key enabler for all digital solutions including the new ways of working with their paradigm of ‘virtual first’. (...) Our broad range of innovative materials makes it possible to generate, collect, save, process and display the massive amount of data.

Kai Beckmann

Member of the Executive Board of our Company & CEO Performance Materials

What role do we play in the semiconductor industry?
Semiconductors have been a game changer in transforming electronics - in making devices compact and powerful over the years. Almost everything we touch and interact with today contains microchips. What role do we play in making this a reality?

Chip architectures of the future

We enable the semiconductor industry to make electronic devices more powerful by providing highly innovative material-based solutions. Learn more about what we do or explore our tech stories:

The Future Transformation by Kai Beckmann

  • The next quantum leap? Click here to learn more about the development of quantum computers.
  • The fundamentals of digitalization: Learn more about why special chemicals are required for the electronics industry. 
  • Will computers eventually be smarter than humans? Read more on how Artificial Intelligence might develop in the next years.
  • Computers modeled on the human brain: Learn more about how the human brain inspired the development of special chips.
  • It´s all a matter of the right material: Read more on the development of innovative materials.
  • Solutions instead of products: Click here to read more about our offerings.
  • Miniaturization in 3D: Read more about the 3D NAND technology.


  • Superconduction Quantum Computing: Hear more on how quantum computing is poised to bring the power to tackle large optimization problems. 
  • Opportunities for Neuromorphic Computing: Hear more about the role neuromorphic computing could play in the future of Artificial Intelligence.

Science Space

  • Quantum Computing: Learn more about quantum computers.
  • 3D NAND: Read more about the 3D NAND technology and the data explosion.
  • Future of AI: Learn more about how strong AI could develop.

Facts & Figures

  • 175zb

    the collective sum of all global data predicted by 2025

  • 10nm

    and below is the size at which transistor features are now being manufactured

  • 3,6s

    is how quickly you can download a two-hour movie on 5G

The future of displays


Together with our customers, we touch the lives of millions. Our materials science and solutions enable more exciting, more immersive and more powerful interactions, creating new experiences and opportunities, shaping the future of display and electronics. Our customers use our unrivalled breadth of product, depth of understanding and specialist expertise to make the most of the vital role of the human/machine interface in a digital era.

The Future Transformation by Kai Beckmann

  • Displays: The window to the digital world. Read more about materials used for displays.
  • 5G: Learn more about the importance of 5G.


  • The Future of Displays: What will it bring? Listen how the development of displays might be in the future. 

Science Space

  • OLED: Read more about how the future of OLED might be and what we are doing for it.
  • 5G: Powering a connected future. Learn more about 5G and its role in the industry.

Facts & Figures

  • 80%

    Vision accounts for 80% of human perception

  • 6 bn

    Worldwide 6 bn smartphones in use in 2020

Dynamic liquid crystal windows

The ideal combination of aesthetics and functionality

Buildings with generous amounts of glass have issues of energy loss, heat gain and cooling cost. eyrise®-fitted buildings are sure to provide complete physical, visual, and acoustic well-being to its occupants – to enjoy modern architecture, sustainable building design and immediate comfort with maximum natural light and ideal temperature throughout the day. licrivision® for solar control enhances façade performance towards energy efficiency and sustainability. It precisely protects against sun glare and heat with reduced maintenance costs and it only takes a second for eyrise® s350 solar glass to darken.

And with eyrise® i350 you can enjoy instant confidentiality or true transparency, at the touch of a button.

Science Space

  • Smart Windows: Read more about our liquid crystal windows.

Dynamic Liquid Crystal Windows

  • Read more how eyrise® dynamic smart glass windows encourage the feeling of well-being within the blink of an eye.

Facts & Figures

  • 1 sec

    Our liquid crystal windows can provide shading or privacy screening in just one second.

  • ~40%

    Workplaces with good levels of natural light benefit from productivity gains between 3% and 40%.

Smart Antenna Technology licriOnTM

Access Unlimited

Soon the entire world will be connected to the internet through satellites and 5G. Providing cars, airplanes and households with easy access to the online world, from any location, will require a new generation of smart antennas.

With our licriOnTM technology, we are enabling the development of these electronically steerable antennas and we are convinced that technology is the key to greater prosperity for everyone, and to a more sustainable world. 

The Future Transformation by Kai Beckmann

  • Read more on how smart antennas can change the digital world.

CR report

  • Read more about how our technologies for smart antennas can improve our world.


  • Learn more about smart antennas in an interview with Dieter Schroth.

Facts & Figures

  • 3-4bn

    people are not connected to the Internet

  • 50x

    the planned increase in number of satellites until 2030 versus 2015

  • 3.6

    is the number of networked devices per capita in 2023

Future of work

The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly changed the workplace. With the outbreak of the virus, companies scrambled to find ways to keep their employees safe while ensuring business continuity. Today our workdays include working from home, flexible working hours, a greater dependency on video conferencing, and identifying new ways to support employee engagement. For many organizations, working from home is not a new concept. It certainly existed before the pandemic. Companies recognize the value of global collaboration, which requires a great deal of flexibility and pre-COVID-19, incurred a lot of travel expenses. But the crisis appeared to be a catalyst to embrace the digitalization of work with numerous advantages: more meaningful collaboration between interdisciplinary teams, experts, customers and suppliers, an increase in work efficiency and a better work-life balance.

The Future Transformation by Kai Beckmann

  • The future of work: Explore here the "Future of work" blog series. 


  • Advancing Digital Living – from Smart Cities to the most remote places on Earth. Learn more about how we are helping enable innovative solutions towards a more sustainable,  interconnected and more efficient place to live. 

Facts & Figures

  • 125bn

    devices will connect to the Internet by the year 2030

  • 27bn

    the number of devices connected to the Internet was just 27 billion in 2017

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