Solvay has inaugurated its new Research, Development and Technology Centre at Savli, Gujarat State, India. The Centre will focus its efforts mainly on the development of high-performance polymers, organic chemistry, nano composites and green chemistry. Housed in a new and high-performance sustainable building, it will employ over 200 researchers when fully operational. The RD&T Centre will tap the country's huge innovation talent potential and carry out open innovation in collaboration with premier institutes in India. The Centre has also established three fellowships for research in sustainable chemistry, nano technology and polymer science at the Maharaja Sayajirao University in Vadodara. The collaboration between university, research institutes and business organizations is essential to foster breakthrough innovation, speeding up the design process and the launch of new products in the market.
"I am convinced that India offers to Solvay significant growth opportunities and this Center will be a key contributor to implement our strategy in the country", said Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, CEO of Solvay during the inauguration ceremony. "We will focus on customer-tailored innovation for the region by leveraging the various strengths of the Group and the innovation potential of the regional academic world," added Sanjay Charati, Head of the Research, Development and Technology Centre in India.
The Solvay Group has been active in India since 2000. With 7 production sites and about 900 employees in the country, it principally manufactures specialty polymers, engineering plastics, surfactants and special chemicals. The Group generated EUR 180 million of net sales in India last year and has the ambition to double its sales in the country within the next 3 years.