BASF, the German chemical group, has opened its first global Footwear Innovation Center in Taiwan. The 7,000-square-foot facility, inaugurated on Aug. 11, is located within the footwear manufacturing site of its strategic partner Longterm Concept (LTC) in Changhua, Taiwan. The Footwear Innovation Center includes three main zones. The Design Zone is an interactive display area of performance materials and artworks, to stimulate footwear design processes. The Functional Zone is an immersive zone to stimulate visitors to create innovative footwear solutions for the industry. Finally, the Creation Zone showcases existing design works, to inspire and encourage ideation and co-creation of breakthrough footwear solutions. The center will also house a biomechanics lab, for scientific tests of new footwear solutions. Basf has three other Footwear Development Centers, located in Italy, the U.S. and Thailand. The new Footwear Innovation Center in Taiwan will also complement the expertise and competences of the product development centers in Shanghai and Nansha, in Mainland China.