Solvay opens Chinese research center

Solvay expanded its China research and innovation center (R&I) with the opening of a new research building in the Solvay Shanghai Technology Park.

The company says that it has invested more than RMB 4 bn (around €500 mn) in the center since 2005. The new building includes rooms focused on advanced materials applications, industrial applications and consumer goods research. It all features an automation and robotics lab, Solvay said.

“The Chinese market is strategically important in our global strategy and we are willing to increase our investments to address the demands here,” said Ilham Kadri, Solvay CEO. “With a stronger research force in China, we will accelerate innovations that drive circular economy solutions and a sustainable future in response to the global megatrends and the ever-changing local needs.”

“By enhancing infrastructure and shoring up our R&I Center in China, we will also be able to enhance open innovation partnerships with leading Chinese universities, international research institutions and other stakeholders, to incubate breakthrough technologies in order to shape a more sustainable future together,” added Howard Hao, Solvay China head of research and innovation.