SAINT-FONS, France—Elkem Silicones has opened a new research and innovation center in Saint-Fons, in Lyon's "chemical valley."
Short for "atrium and innovation," ATRiON aims to foster synergies and collaborative research work, with a more open, more multidisciplinary format, the company said in a news release.
With ATRiON, Elkem Silicones said it is doubling its space dedicated to research and innovation, with particular attention given to collaborative work.
Spanning 7,000 square meters, the location will host collaborative research between Elkem Silicones' teams and the Auvergne Rhone-Alpes region's open innovation network.
The site houses 120 researchers, mainly working in the fields of circular economy, digitalization, consumer goods, living comfort, and new materials for energy and mobility.
"Investing in research and innovation is the best way to safeguard future growth," said Frederic Jacquin, an Elkem Silicones senior vice president.
He said ATRiON "fundamental to the cross-fertilization of ideas and expertise" for developing new innovations.