Encouraging innovation in product and application development and responding to customer needs to keep our businesses competitive and sustainable.

Driving change through R&D

Through innovation, investment, research and technology, we can help customers all around the world, on the path to a more sustainable future. Our scientists have invented and developed many of the proprietary technologies that have now become the benchmark for a variety of industries. This is because we continually invest in Research and Development. We focus activities on a business-prioritized basis:

  • Anticipating customer requirements
  • Identifying and responding to market-influencing developments
  • Understanding the opportunities created by advances in technology.

Research & Technology

US$38.7 million spend in 2022

Technical Support

253 people working globally in R&T and Technical Support

Global R&T

Ellesmere Port, UK

Global Center of Excellence

UTAC Millbrook, UK

Global Network

Germany (Herne, Leuna)
France (Vernon, St Mihel)
Spain (Barcelona)

Regional R&T

Italy (Castiglione)
US (Houston, Pencader, Salisbury)

Protecting our intellectual property

Our Corporate Technology Intellectual Property (IP) team, based in Ellesmere Port, UK, are responsible for maintaining Innospec’s patent and trademark portfolio. They provide support on all IP matters including patents, trademarks and trade secrets in many jurisdictions. At the end of 2022, we had 702 patents granted and 428 patents pending – a total of 1,130 and an 8% increase on 2021.

Expanding our R&T facilities

In 2022, we opened our new Fuels Technology Center in Ellesmere Port, UK. The US$2.5 million project transformed one of our existing dormant buildings into an open plan laboratory equipped with the latest analytical equipment and instrumentation. It is the new home of our EMEA Customer Technical Services team in the UK, helping us to support the fuel testing needs of our customers.

In Salisbury, US, we opened a state-of-the-art Technology Center that includes 10 new laboratories. This will help drive innovation and new product development across all our Performance Chemicals markets. The building has been created with sustainability in mind, for example, using automatic and adjustable lighting to help save energy and the provision of charging stations for electric vehicles.