Elkem Silicones has announced the official opening of its new research and innovation center, a €25-million investment located in Saint-Fons in Lyon’s “Chemical Valley,” or ATRiON (atrium and innovation).
With ATRiON, Elkem Silicones is doubling its space dedicated to research and innovation, with particular attention given to collaborative work and employee safety.
ATRiON will foster collaborative research work in chemistry, processes, formulations, applications, analysis, patents, project management and marketing. It offers laboratories, offices and collaborative spaces within.
Offering a 7,000 m2 global showcase for staff, customers, shareholders and partners, this location will host collaborative research between Elkem Silicones' teams and the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region’s “Open Innovation Network."
Frédéric Jacquin, SVP Elkem Silicones, said, "Investing in research and innovation is the best way to safeguard future growth. Having an open centre like ATRiON is fundamental to the cross-fertilization of ideas and expertise, from which the best innovations often emerge."
Sophie Schneider, director of research and innovation, said, "ATRiON, at the heart of the eco-system of our “Chemical Valley” and the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region, is ideally placed and designed to accelerate the speed and diversity of our development projects and provide our R&I teams with the best possible working conditions."