Tapping into growing research in Asia, European chemical giant Solvay Group said Feb. 11 it will set up three research, development and technology centers there to tailor products for the region and build stronger ties with local universities.
The centers will be in Vadodara, India; Ulsan, South Korea; and Shanghai, and should be completed by the end of 2011. Brussels-based Solvay plans to boost its efforts in Asia, including in regional sustainable development.
The Indian center will focus on high-performance polymers, organic chemistry, nanocomposites, biotechnology and green chemistry. The South Korea site will work on high-growth markets in electronics, lithium-ion batteries and photovoltaic cells. The Shanghai center will tailor innovative solutions for that market, Solvay said in a news release.
Solvay also said it will add to skill sets in science, technology, patents and other areas at its regional headquarters in Thailand.
We are committed to work closely with the research talent in this very promising region and we look forward to [increasing] the intensity of the cooperation with the academic world in Asia, said CEO Christian Jourquin.
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