– Novozymes’s motto is ‘Re-think tomorrow,’ and that also describes our ‘Hard FM’ (facility management) concept, says René Jacobsen, Facility manager at EMEA & Global Security Officer at the biotech company Novozymes. – Many organizations look at ‘Hard FM’ as a way of cutting costs, but for us it’s about using forward-thinking technology and planning to add values that will result in greater profit for the company. Like the perfect indoor climate and more laboratory time for our researchers.
Novozymes in brief
World leaders in bioinnovation. Founded in 2000, but an earlier form of the company has been making enzymes since 1941. Headquartered in the Copenhagen suburb of Bagsværd, Novozymes has manufacturing in Argentina, Brazil, Denmark, India, Canada, China and the United States, as well as subsidiaries and sales offices in 30 countries. Novozymes is listed on the NASDAQ in Copenhagen
Invisible to the naked eye, Novozymes’s products are an important part of our everyday quality of life. Clean, spotless laundry, the cheese on your sandwich, and a frothy beer on a Saturday night all have one thing in common – enzymes. In nature, enzymes are found in fungi, and each has unique qualities that power different chemical processes. In industrial use, these same substances can get out tough stains like sweat and blood, and the single-celled yeast fungus is a necessity for brewing beer, just to give a few examples.
With some of the world’s biggest companies as its clientele, Novozymes offers products that are not just necessary for good hygiene. These days, enzymes are at least as much about sustainability. The company’s researchers are developing solutions for things such as clean laundry at lower temperatures, which may lead to energy-efficient solutions in a world where washing machines in the EU alone represent 6% of households’ power consumption. Enzymes can also reduce the need for products from palm plantations and the petrochemical industry. No wonder that René Jacobsen is proud of his employer.
– When I meet new people, they may not be familiar with our company, but everyone knows our products and thinks it’s interesting to hear about how our researchers travel the world looking for plants with special properties designed for the environment they live in.