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Solvay opens R&I center at Korea’s Ewha Womans University  

By Gerald Ondrey |

Solvay S.A. (Brussels, Belgium; www.solvay.com) has opened its new Research & Innovation (R&I) center at Ewha Womans University (Seoul, South Korea), putting the Group in a prime position to work closely with key Asian customers and universities to develop products for the booming battery, electronics and car markets. The R&I center in Seoul is Solvay’s fourth in Asia and will employ some 60 scientists by the end of 2015. Based at the campus of Ewha, the world’s oldest and largest women’s university with origins in 1886, Solvay will have access to a strong national and international network with universities and research institutes. Moreover, it brings Solvay close to leading industrial players and customers in the strategically located country and region, which facilitates partnerships to develop products and solutions according to their specific needs. The R&I center will harbor Solvay’s new electronics laboratory to develop organic light-emitting diodes (OLED) display and lighting technologies, following its recent acquisition of Plextronics. Research will also target materials for the high-growth, high value-added markets of lithium-ion batteries to enable optimal energy storage, and the…
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