Tuesday, October 22, 2019, in the presence of the President of the Metropolis of Lyon, the Mayor of Saint Fons, Spie Batignolles south-east in charge of the design and TJ Archi, Elkem Silicones set up the symbolic foundation of its future research and development center in Saint-Fons in France.
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.
According to Sophie Schneider, Director of Research and Development Elkem Silicones, "The Lyon Valley of Chemistry territory meets the conditions for success and growth, thanks to its competent teams and its ecosystem and the competitiveness of research in France. It is by innovating that we make the heart of the Valley of Chemistry beat, it is by developing ourselves in a sustainable way that we can continue to grow globally."
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
- Design director: Spie Batignolles South-East
- Architect: TJ ARCHI
- Work begins: November 2019
- Delivery date:1st part November 2020 and 2nd part March 2021
About Elkem Silicones
Elkem Silicones has more than 3,100 employees dedicated to providing silicone solutions with a personal touch that deliver your potential. Elkem Silicones, a division of Elkem, is one of the world's leading fully integrated silicone suppliers, operating 9 multi-functional manufacturing sites and 11 R&D centers around the globe. Based in Lyon, France, Elkem Silicones offers a full range of silicone technologies for diverse specialty markets including aerospace, automotive, construction, consumer goods, energy, healthcare, paper, personal care and textiles. www.silicones.elkem.com
About Elkem ASA
Founded in 1904, Elkem is one of the world's leading suppliers of silicon-based advanced materials with operations throughout the value chain from quartz to specialty silicones, as well as attractive market positions in specialty ferrosilicon alloys and carbon materials. Elkem is a publicly listed company on the Oslo Stock Exchange, and is headquartered in Oslo. The company has 6200 employees with 27 production sites and sales offices in a total of 28 countries worldwide. In 2018 Elkem had revenues of 25.9 billion NOK. To learn more, please visit www.elkem.com