Sabic opens technology centre in South Korea
Riyadh, March 26, 2014
Sabic’s Innovative Plastics business has opened a new global technology centre in South Korea in partnership with the Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) in Suwon.
The centre will focus on electronics and electrical, lighting science and technology.
The university is home to some of the world’s leading experts in technology innovation for electronics and electrical & lighting industries, said a statement.
The technologies coming from this centre will be a key enabler of Sabic’s strategy to continue helping its customers address their biggest challenges which include delivering solutions that are thinner, stronger, lighter and more efficient, with innovative designs and potentially reduced manufacturing costs, it said.
With several decades of being a highly regarded provider of material technology, application and design solutions for the electronics and electrical and lighting industries, Sabic’s Innovative Plastics business has provided materials for the first pocket-size mobile phone to the first TV backs made out of plastic.
Ernesto Occhiello, executive vice president, technology and innovation, said: “At the heart of Sabic’s commitment to help make our customers successful lies our ongoing drive to possess a deep understanding of their industry and regional challenges and to translate those insights into materials innovation that uniquely address their needs.
“Sabic’s Electronics and Electrical & Lighting Science and Technology Center enables us to tap into some of the world’s best and brightest technologists at SKKU to meet the rapidly changing requirements in these dynamic industries.”
Thierry Materne, technology vice president, Innovative Plastics, said: “This new investment further complements the company’s continued support for its customers in these important industries, while reinforcing SABIC’s commitment to investing in South Korea. Sabic has a long history of deep materials expertise in these important industries and is honoured to collaborate with SKKU in South Korea on disruptive technologies that will ultimately benefit consumers around the world.”
Located in SKKU’s Suwon campus, the centre is expected to grow up to more than 50 technologists based in the university and other locations around the globe.
The teams will collaborate to create new applications that meet the growing needs for smarter design, enhanced functionality, and greater sustainability all to help manufacturers meet and exceed constantly evolving market and consumer demands.
Prof Hyunsoo Kim, executive vice president, SKKU, said: “We are very pleased to have the Sabic Technology Center at Sungkyunkwan University, which will nurture international collaboration and strengthen SKKU’s global competitiveness.”
“This partnership will bring together Sabic’s world-leading experts in materials and application innovation and SKKU’s proven capabilities around research and business development that will help Sabic’s customers maintain a competitive edge in their respective industries,” he added. - TradeArabia News Service