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Sekisui S-Lec Establishes European Research Center at Brightlands Chemelot Campus

Announcement coincides with the celebration of 20 years of Sekisui S-Lec in the Netherlands

Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, Henk Kamp, was present at Sekisui S-Lec’s 20th anniversary celebrations on 14 June 2017.

Sekisui S-Lec, the subsidiary of Sekisui Chemical in Japan, has announced the establishment of its European Research Center at Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, the Netherlands. Furthermore, Sekisui S-Lec is planning to expand its Dutch manufacturing capacity at Chemelot Industrial Park in Sittard-Geleen and its site in Roermond. These investments enable Sekisui S-Lec to boost its technology evolution, its product development, and its global business in interlayer film for laminated glass through the fusion of resources from Sekisui and Brightlands. The announcement coincides with the celebration of 20 years of Sekisui S-Lec in the Netherlands.

With manufacturing capacity at Chemelot Industrial Park and Roermond and with the European Research Center at Brightlands Chemelot Campus, Sekisui S-Lec can fully benefits from the potential the innovative ecosystem offers. The new S-Lec European Research Center will go into operation in June 2017, which will result in more new workplaces. The research will initially focus on new applications for the automotive industry.

Huge savings on transport costs

The Sekisui plant at Chemelot produces resin, a base material for the PVB film, since 2006, which was previously supplied from Japan. Thanks to its location at Chemelot, the company is making huge savings on transport costs, and exchange-rate risks are a thing of the past. The planned investment in additional manufacturing capacity will accommodate the expanding global demand for interlayer film for laminated glass. The production facilities at Chemelot and Roermond are operated by Sekisui S-Lec. The first line at Chemelot was established in 2006, the second one in 2010.

Vibrant ambiance on Brightlands Chemelot Campus

Yoshio Aoshima President of Sekisui S-Lec says: “For twenty years now we have been present in the Netherlands, so we know that we are well positioned at these sites. To develop new products and new markets, we expect important results from our presence at Brightlands. To us the campus is a new environment, where we appreciate the vibrant ambiance.”

Bert Kip, CEO Brightlands Chemelot Campus: “We are pleased that we can welcome another renowned chemical company to our campus. We are convinced that Sekisui will accelerate its automotive innovation projects because the campus is the place to be for companies and knowledge institutes active in the automotive and architecture market value chain, developing new functions and applications based on polymer materials. We not only give access to the network of companies located at the campus, but also to all kinds of organizations and individuals visiting the campus.”

About Sekisui Chemical

The Sekisui Chemical Group, a Japanese conglomerate, is the holding company of Sekisui S-Lec B.V. The Sekisui Chemical Group has enjoyed a leading position in the processing industries for polymer-based materials for 70 years. Today, the group employs more than 23,000 people all over the world. Sekisui Chemical Group aims to combine manufacturing excellence with unique materials for environmentally friendly products that will benefit society for generations to come.

Sekisui S-Lec is manufacturing interlayer films for laminated glass. This glass is applied where safety, security, insulation, and solar and sound control are important, particularly in the automobile industry and for architectural use. Sekisui S-Lec B.V. has produced the films in the Netherlands since 1997, mainly for the automotive industry and architectural use in Europe.

Source: Brightlands Chemelot Campus

14 June 2017

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