Merck KGaA is a global pharmaceutical and chemical company which includes Merck Serono Biopharmaceuticals and consumer health care products. Its chemicals business operates via two divisions; Liquid Crystals (LC) and Performance and Life Sciences Chemicals.
Its future investments will remain high in order to ensure the long-term growth of the company through innovation. Research intensity (research spending divided by sales) should remain at more than 10% and at approximately 25% for its ethical business.
Within the chemicals business sector, Merck sees its prospects as looking very good in its high-grade liquid crystals business and believes it will continue to grow, thanks to the huge demand for specialised liquid crystal materials for PC monitors and large-format television screens, as well as the addition of colour filters to the product range.
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