Held at the Solvay Shanghai Technology Park, the ground breaking ceremony of the R&I center’s extension is witnessed by a Belgium economic delegation led by Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium, Representative of His Majesty the King, in addition to Vice Mayor of Shanghai XU Kunlin, Solvay CEO Ilham KADRI and other guests.
Since the establishment of the Solvay China R&I Center in 1997, it has emerged as the third largest R&I center in Solvay. This extension will add more than 4,000 m2 of space to the existing premises, which will include a pilot hall for advanced materials applications and new laboratories dedicated mainly to industrial applications and consumer goods. Research capabilities of the center will also get a boost from enhanced research resources, with 50 new full-time research talents to join the team.
Gary ZHAO, Solvay China R&I Director said:
“Through the extension of infrastructure and upgrading of facilities at our R&I Center here in Shanghai, we hope to build upon this excellent international research platform to further engage the local research talents, such that we may continue to develop our capabilities to support our customers locally, in particular for applications development”
In addition to unveiling the extension of the China R&I Center, Solvay also welcomes the new partnership forged with the East China University of Science & Technology (ECUST) – a university highly recognized in the field of chemistry in China, especially in organic chemistry, material science, and engineering & technology.
Under the newly established collaboration, both parties will leverage Solvay’s leading open innovation platform — Eco-Efficient Products and Processes Lab (E2P2L), to unleash complementary competencies in developing sustainable solutions based on green chemistry.
Launched in 2011, the E2P2L has successfully formed alliances with over 30 leading Chinese universities and international research institutions to draw a strong focus on eco-efficient products and processes.