Asahi Kasei is starting a new chapter of its business expansion on the European market: On 16th November 2020, Asahi Kasei Europe and its sister company Asahi Kasei Microdevices Europe started office operation at the new "C-View Offices" at Düsseldorf Harbour, Germany. After the cornerstone laying on 7th October 2019, the construction work went smoothly and was finished on schedule. The Asahi Kasei Europe R&D Center – originally located at Chempark Dormagen near Düsseldorf – relocated to the new location in March 2021. Hideki Tsutsumi, Managing Director at Asahi Kasei Europe: "This relocation marks the next important milestone of Asahi Kasei’s expansion on the European market. Europe is at the forefront of an evolution in the automotive industry that is said to happen once in a century. In addition, it is the forerunner in environmental topics. Uniting sales, marketing, R&D and technical service activities at one single location will enable us to quickly address the changing demands by customers and to enhance joint projects with local partners." The office building has wide open office and meeting spaces with a clear view on the water side. In the new showroom the company displays its materials and solutions for the future automotive, ranging from sustainable microfiber materials for interior seat and headliner coverings to foam products and separators for battery applications. The adjacent hall building is home to the Asahi Kasei Europe R&D Center, with laboratory space for various materials, such as engineering plastics, synthetic rubber, as well as for battery and coating materials.