Solvay opens new research & innovation in South Korea

Solvay opens research and innovation centre in South Korea

10:28 AM, 3rd June 2014
Solvay opens new research & innovation in South Korea

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM/SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA: Solvay has opened a new research & innovation (R&I) centre at Ewha Womans University in South Korea, putting the Group in a prime position to work closely with key Asian customers and universities to develop products for the booming battery, electronics and car markets.

The R&I centre in Seoul is Solvay’s fourth in Asia and will employ some 60 scientists by the end of 2015. Based at the campus of Ewha, Solvay will have access to a strong national and international network with universities and research institutes. Moreover, it brings Solvay close to leading industrial players and customers in the strategically located country and region, which facilitates partnerships to develop products and solutions according to their specific needs.

The R&I centre will harbor Solvay’s new electronics laboratory to develop Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLED) display and lighting technologies, following its recent acquisition of Plextronics. Research will also target materials for the high-growth, high value-added markets of lithium-ion batteries to enable optimal energy storage, and the development of new materials that reduce energy use of cars.

“Solvay’s ambition to become a global, innovative leader will clearly benefit from exchanging and enriching know-how with researchers and industries here in South Korea. Our world-class R&I center and unique partnership with such a top university as Ewha, are key in strengthening Solvay’s position in Asia,” said Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, CEO, Solvay.


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