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SABIC Inaugurates New Research Facility at Brightlands Campus in Geleen

SABIC invests in innovative chemistry and inaugurates state-of-the-art research center in the Netherlands

On 19 May 2016 SABIC inaugurated a new research facility at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Geleen. The official opening was done by the Governor of the Limburg Province Theo Bovens and Peter Borman, Director Regional Technology Affairs Europe at SABIC. The inspiring state-of-the-art research center supports an extension of SABIC’s research capabilities in the area of innovative chemistry and materials, supporting the company’s vision to become the world leader in the chemical industry.

Official opening

The 200 guests also included Sjraar Cox (mayor of Sittard-Geleen), Bert Kip (CEO Brightlands Chemelot Campus) and Henny Jacobs (Director Investment Projects Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency). With one push of the button, Governor Bovens and Peter Borman unveiled a work of art by Marcel Timmers, symbolizing engagement and expertise.

Bert Groothuis, Director Corporate Sustainability Europe at SABIC: “This research center is the latest milestone in SABIC’s innovation journey, and combines our expertise in chemicals, polymers and excellence in innovative application development. SABIC continues to focus on innovation in chemistry and develop new and sustainability solutions together with customers and partners, which are being used in several markets, including transportation, packaging and building industries.”

He continued; “A great example is the development of a new product based in light weight foamed polyolefins, specifically developed for bumper applications for  the automotive industry, with benefits such as improving fuel economy and reducing CO2 generation, noise and vibration and increasing safety and harshness (NVH) control. Our Technology & Innovation colleagues also developed so-called ‘renewable polymers’ for the packaging of for instance beverages, based on renewable feed stocks that are not competing with the food chain.”

Peter Borman, Director Regional Technology Affairs Europe for SABIC, was responsible for the renovation, exterior and interior design of the new facility. He stated: “Due to the dedication of our team and the cooperation with Brightlands Chemelot Campus, we realized this challenging project within a short time period and highest safety standards. A good basis for further innovations in the future.”

Video on SABIC’s innovation journey and the official opening celebration


About the Research Centre

The new research building accommodates over 130 Technology & Innovation employees. It can be characterized as inspiring and state-of-the-art, not only by top notch research equipment and facilities, but also the Open Office concept, as well as remarkable and natural materials, such as plant walls and design furniture. The center also includes a brainstorming room, supporting ‘out-of-the-box thinking’. Several labs complete the center, where materials and applications are being developed and tested. The new building extends the research buildings of SABIC Technology & Innovation at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus, where approximately 250 employees focus on the research and development of chemicals and polymer materials, and are a central part of the European innovation labs in Geleen, Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands, Wilton -UK and Cartagena –Spain.

Source: SABIC press release

20 May 2016

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