German specialty chemical company Evonik is set to build its first research hub in Singapore and is expected to start operations in 2018. Acting as the Asian platform for high impact R&D with a special focus on Functional Surfaces and Additive Manufacturing, the research hub will also serve as a leading hotspot for top local and international talents to develop a strong R&D ecosystem in the region. In its first development stage, the new complex will offer around 50 jobs at the location.
“The research hub in Singapore not only demonstrates our ongoing commitment to expand our R&D footprint in Asia but also reflects the growing significance of Asia in the global innovation landscape,” said Claus Rettig, chairman of the Board of Management, Evonik Resource Efficiency GmbH.
As part of its development blueprint for R&D excellence, the research hub will constitute an agile team of scientists and researchers from domain specialties working in an environment that promotes creativity and collaboration while generating sustainable business growth.
“We are also implementing a workplace strategy during the setup of the research hub to drive a dynamic and proactive workplace culture,” said Peter Meinshausen, regional president of Evonik Asia Pacific South. “This enables us to build Evonik’s global talent capital and attract top talents.”
The development of the research hub is also supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), which has been the company’s strategic partner in facilitating and growing its presence in Singapore over the past years.