The necessities and possibilities of companies to do research work essentially depend on the supply of raw material, on the market facts, on product grades and production structure, and on the financial means available.
The implementation of research and development activities of Feldmuhle Aktiengesellschaft with its 8 paper and board mills in Germany, with a capacity of 1.2 million tons, is discussed.
The paper refers to various aspects of the research organisation, including personnel and the scope of the different functions and their co-ordination within the enterprise. It emphasises the long-term planning of research and development projects, and describes how the costs involved are allocated to the various divisions of the company. Finally, some examples of successful research work are given.