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​Construction work of the new research and development center in Saint-Fons is progressing. After a break during the containment period, people resumed work safely on the site early May.

We are glad to see that the structural part, the basement, the 3 floors are built now. The other works have started such as the installation of networks, electrical work and installation of partitions. In the coming weeks, we will see the installation of exterior joinery, works of waterproofing and underground networks, installation of metal and wood frames... The location of the atrium, a skylight that will also serve as a conference space, can be now distinguished.

We can be satisfied with the progress of the work that is happening safely at the moment.

In 2019, Elkem Silicones, one of the world's leading silicones companies, has decided to strengthen its foothold in one of its two historic cradles, France and China, in order to support its growth strategy and to continue its upscaling for specialties and to sustain its research and development activities in Europe.

With this project, Elkem Silicones is doubling its space dedicated to research and innovation and offers a global showcase of 6000 m² to its teams, customers, shareholders and partners. In this unique location, the collaborative research between the teams of Elkem Silicones but also within the network of Open Innovation in the Rhône Alpes-Auvergne region will be strengthened. This new site will bring together 130 researchers in an innovative setting and will regularly host Elkem Silicones' research and development teams from Asia and America to collaborate and share their expertise.

Elkem Silicones Research and Development Centre - Key Points

  • Surface 6000 sqm  dedicated to research and development and innovation, 2500 sqm  of laboratories
  • Spaces for exchange and collaborative work
  • An atrium to create fast connections between all teams
  • Investment: 25 million euros
  • General contractor : Spie Batignolles South-East
  • Architect: TJ ARCHI
  • Work begins: November 2019
  • Delivery date: Q2 2021

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