Solvay open research & innovation laboratory for coatings in Japan

09 June 2015

Solvay has announced the opening of a new research and innovation laboratory ‘Solvay Nicca Tokyo Innovation Laboratory’. Located near the Haneda airport and occupying a total area of 250m2, the laboratory will be the key innovation centre for Solvay Novecare to support Japanese customers in the Agrochemical, Coatings, Home & Personal Care and Industrial markets. This laboratory is fundamental to the growth strategy of Solvay and represents an important milestone in its ambition to deliver sustainable and innovative technologies to its customers in Asia.

"Japan has always been at the forefront of new, innovative technologies. With our key focus on bringing innovations to the market to answer our customers’ unmet needs, it becomes even more apparent that we need to have the most advanced application labs in this country. We can then offer our customers innovative solutions to help differentiate themselves in the marketplace,” said Pierre-Franck Valentin, Vice President & General Manager of Solvay Novecare Asia Pacific.

By basing one of our global innovation centres in the greater Tokyo area, Solvay Novecare is to take advantage of the country’s deep research and academic capabilities and ready infrastructure. The laboratory will be a key interface to our customers and partners, supporting them to develop formulations and new technologies in their key markets.

With the inauguration of the new state-of-the–art Research and Innovation lab in Tokyo, Solvay is developing some of its core application competencies in polymers and speciailty surfactants technologies, as well as developing new products in this premise, in conjunction with its R&D Innovation Centers situated in Singapore, Shanghai and other global sites. The laboratory will be one of the core innovation grounds in Asia Pacific for Solvay Novecare, one of the global leaders in the speciality surfactants industry.

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