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MERCK - innovative, specialized, international
Merck is a global pharmaceutical and chemical company with total revenues of € 7.6 billion in 2008, a history that began in 1668, and a future shaped by approximately 33,000 employees in 60 countries. Its success is characterized by innovations from entrepreneurial employees. Merck's operating activities come under the umbrella of Merck KGaA, in which the Merck family holds an approximately 70% interest and free shareholders own the remaining approximately 30%. In 1917 the U.S. subsidiary Merck & Co. was expropriated and has been an independent company ever since.
Dr. Karl-Ludwig Kley, chairman of the Merck Executive Board, was impressed by the realistic character of the paintings which can be seen in Merck’s guest restaurant. "The viewer has the impression of standing directly in the workshop or lab." In his opinion, the two triptychs symbolize pharmacy and chemistry, the two main pillars of the company. "Hans Dieter Tylle's paintings also coincide with the Merck philosophy because they rely on traditional and trustworthy patterns rather than modish trends."
Darmstadt stands for Science and Research, for Art, Culture, and Art Nouveau.
Darmstadt draws benefit from its trump-cards: The city's location is extremely favorable in the heart of Europe. It is hardly half an hour away from the International Rhine-Main Airport. As a middle-sized city of 140.000 inhabitants if provides 120.000 jobs, which is an unusually attractive ratio.
In 1997 Darmstadt was awarded the title of 'City of Science', as besides its Technical University, one of the nationwide biggest professional schools, and the Protestant College this city also accommodates three institutes of Fraunhofer Society. Facilities of international renown, such as the space organization ESOC, the weather satellite center EUMETSAT and the Helmholtz Society for Heavy ionization Research (GSI) round off the profile of this city of science.
Darmstadt's importance as a cultural center is essentially based on the artists' colony founded on Mathildenhoehe in 1901 by the last Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig. It has supra-regional importance as a center of Art Nouveau Exhibition halls, 'Hochzeitsturm"(Wedding Tower), Artists' Colony Museum and the splendid houses of artists give this 'Hill of the Muses' its unmistakable special charm.
Today this place is impressive because of the exhibitions at the Mathildenhoehe Institute which meet with nationwide and international approval. Top-level cultural institutions for literature, the fine arts and music as well as the State Theater are accepted for their supra-regional and international importance and give the city its distinctive features The wide spectrum of cultural facilities, associations and initiatives as well as a very active free cultural scene show Darmstadt as a vital and cosmopolitan city (www.darmstadt.de)