The Borealis International Innovation Headquarters is located in Linz, Austria, close to the Danube River and approximately 200 kilometers west of Vienna. It is within easy reach of the industrial regions in southern Germany. Historically, industry in this area was centered around mining and steel, but now includes chemicals and pharmaceuticals, among other industries.
The Innovation Headquarters is home to state-of-the-art research facilities consisting of a catalyst plant utilizing the proprietary Borealis Sirius Catalyst Technology, pilot plant for hydrocarbon production technologies, a high-tech polymerization laboratory and industrial polymer compounding and conversion equipment for injection molding, pipe extrusion, and film and fiber production. The polymer compounding facilities produce customer and development samples with a wide range of flexibility from 500g to 20 metric tons.
The core competencies at the Innovation Headquarters are small-scale polymerization and product development of polypropylene (PP) and low-pressure polyethylene (PE) products for pipe, packaging, foam, automotive, solar and capacitor film applications. The catalyst plant utilizing the proprietary Borealis Sirius Catalyst Technology underlines the Borealis position along the entire plastics value chain: from research and development into production of its own catalysts, to application-oriented development of innovative solutions in close cooperation with its customers. The main research activities concerning hydrocarbons also take place in Linz.
The Innovation Headquarters is also home to the Circular Economy Solutions Innovation Studio, which serves as a hub for research and development for novel circular polyolefins-based technologies and solutions.
Borealis, together with its shareholder OMV, supports the Plastics Engineering program at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz. The program's aim is to meet the demand of the Upper Austrian plastics industry for young researchers and engineers in the years to come.