BELGIUM - AGC Glass Europe Announces Plans
to Build New R&D Center
December 11, 2009
Continuing its focus on innovation, AGC Glass Europe is to build
a new R&D Center in the Gosselies airport technology park near
According to the announcement, 250 researchers and technicians will
staff the new center by the end of 2012. It will also feature advanced
equipment and facilities, enabling researchers to continue their
research in innovative products and processes. The site has the
further advantage of being close to the group's plants where innovations
can be put into industrial production and scaled up, as well as
being located within a technology park served by an efficient transport
network (motorways and the airport).
"Backed by a budget that has tripled over the past three years,
our commitment to innovation has led to real advances in glass,
as confirmed by numerous awards, most recently the Best Innovator
Award Belgium 2009," says Jean-François Heris, president
and chief executive officer of AGC Glass Europe. "AGC therefore
fully deserves this new research environment, which will multiply
its efforts toward radical innovation, thanks to its links with
neighboring industries, laboratories and universities, making it
a pole of attraction for international researchers. The scope of
our research can only widen as a result."
The investment of around 30 million euros is supported by subsidies
of 8.4 million euros from the Walloon Region. The start of the project
was marked by a press conference attended by ministers Jean-Marc
Nollet and Jean-Claude Marcourt (respectively for R&D/sustainable
development and the economy/new technology).
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