Merck inaugurates display materials R&D lab in China
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Merck inaugurates display materials R&D lab in China

2:23 PM, 13th September 2016
Merck inaugurates display materials R&D lab in China
Liquid crystals undergo stress tests.

SHANGHAI, CHINA: Merck KGaA inaugurated its display materials research and development (R&D) Lab in Shanghai, China. The company invested about €5 million to expand and upgrade its local R&D display materials capacity. The investment is in line with Merck’s strategy to provide local support to its customers in the display industry in China, it said.

“We have now realized the plans we announced when we opened our Liquid Crystal Centre China in 2013. We are glad to be part of Shanghai’s technological initiative, dedicated to collaborating with local industry players to boosting strong demand in China for the years to come,” said Walter Galinat, member, executive board, Merck and CEO, performance materials.

The Shanghai R&D Lab will focus its research on developing new and improved mixtures for LC displays manufactured in China, one of the most important markets in the display industry. The new lab will enable Merck’s R&D team to provide local customers with high-quality materials and better responsiveness so as to jointly address the dynamic growth of China’s display industry. The lab also enables the state-of-the-art Liquid Crystal Center China to complete its full value chain from R&D to manufacturing, application support, and sales and marketing.

“A well-developed capacity for R&D is the key to the success of our localization. We are continuing our investment in upgrading and expanding our application lab to an R&D lab. We have been building the lab in line with our strategy to position Merck in China as a service-oriented and innovative player in the market,” said Alasdair Jelfs, managing director, Merck legal entities within the life science and performance materials businesses in China.

Enabling the latest generation of smartphones and tablets with their brilliant touchscreens, Merck has declared it a part of its strategy to deploy its liquid crystals expertise in applications beyond displays.

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