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Dow Corning announces European investments in innovation and solar energy
Dow Corning has announced that it will invest up to $13 million (USD) to
expand its European capabilities to innovate with silicon-based materials and
The investment in a Solar Energy Exploration / Development Center (SEED)
includes two new buildings that will complement the company’s Business &
Technology Center in Seneffe, Belgium. One building, a Synthesis Technology
Center for the European area, will house laboratories and chemists focusing on
innovations in silicon-based materials. The other, the European Solar Solutions
Application Center, will focus on advancing the company’s technology for use in
Construction is expected to begin later in 2010.
Staffed by scientists and, engineers, the Synthesis Technology Center will
be designed to support the exploration of new materials and develop new
innovative solutions in industries such as construction, beauty and personal
care, coating, plastics & composites, automotive & tire, healthcare,
and electronics. A specific goal of the center is to shorten the innovation
cycle to turn market opportunities and new ideas into profitable solutions for
customers and for Dow Corning.
“This investment increases Dow Corning’s innovation capabilities in Belgium,
allowing us to expand our European research and innovation portfolio and
continue to add to our scientific and technical expertise,” said Gregg Zank,
Dow Corning senior vice president and Chief Technology Officer. “The new
facility will open new possibilities for materials development and take our
application research to the next level, enabling closer collaboration to better
meet the needs of our customers.”
In addition to the company’s three current solar application centers in the
United States and Korea, the European Solar Application Center will enable
engineers and scientists to work with customers to develop, evaluate, and test
silicon-based materials solutions used to make solar cells.
“Europe has been a pioneer for the solar industry and Dow Corning is excited
to strengthen its capabilities in the European Union, where many of our
customers and innovation collaborators in the scientific community are
located,” said Eric Peeters, Dow Corning Business vice president Solar. “This
investment confirms our intention to be an active, eager partner with
researchers, producers and governments and demonstrates our commitment to help
solar become a competitive and sustainable energy option globally.”
Dow Corning Solar Solutions provides materials
and services for the entire photovoltaic supply chain, from silicon feedstock
for ingot and wafer production to solar module assembly materials. It is
leveraging its unique position and global leadership in the silicon and
silicone value chain to deliver solutions that will make a difference in the
photovoltaic industry and help photovoltaic producers fulfill the mid- and
long-term promises of solar energy.
About Dow Corning
Dow Corning provides
performance-enhancing solutions to serve the diverse needs of more than 25,000
customers worldwide. A global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and
innovation, Dow Corning offers more than 7,000 products and services via the
company’s Dow Corning® and XIAMETER® brands. Dow Corning is equally owned by
The Dow Chemical Company and Corning, Incorporated. More than half of Dow
Corning’s annual sales are outside the United States.
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