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Dow launches research hub in Saudi Arabia’s KAUST

May 16, 2018
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Dow launched its new Dow Innovation Centre at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), which will serve as base for research in increasing energy efficiency while minimising environmental footprint.

Located in KAUST’s Research and Technology Park, the 13,500 m² space, will house Dow’s Research & Development facilities and the newly established Dow Digital Marketplace Centre for the region, the chemicals company said.

State-of-the-art labs, research areas and offices will provide application development and technical service focused on oil and gas technology solutions, sustainable coating and construction solutions, and industrial chemicals for a variety of applications relevant to Saudi Arabia and the region.

“The new Dow Innovation Centre marks the culmination of a decade long journey to have a dedicated facility focused on innovation and talent development to support the growth in the Kingdom,” said Chuck Swartz, president of Dow Saudi Arabia.   “This facility is perfectly aligned to Dow’s strategy and our commitment to this region, employing a highly skilled workforce, a number already are graduates from KAUST with diverse backgrounds in science and engineering.”

 “The Dow Innovation Centre represents yet another milestone in Dow’s deep and growing commitment to the Kingdom and region, which I am proud to say has been largely supported and facilitated by its partnership with KAUST over the years,” said Nadhmi Al-Nasr, KAUST Interim President. “By integrating the profound research developed at the University into industry solutions, the Centre is helping to advance KAUST’s larger mission to drive the country’s future knowledge and innovation economy.”

In addition to the cutting-edge research and innovation which will come to define the Centre’s work, it will also serve as a unique hub for direct knowledge exchange and talent development between KAUST and Dow. Through mutual collaboration including internships and research experience for KAUST students, postdocs and researchers, to opportunities for further academic pursuits and training of Dow’s employees, the Centre will be key in continuing to shape and drive KAUST’s intellectual ecosystem. 

The vision for a Dow centre at KAUST started with the two partners’ relationship in 2009, when Dow became a founding member of the KAUST Industrial Collaboration Program, which works through close academic-research-industry partnership to commercialise research breakthroughs into practical applications and solutions for the market.  The Centre’s completion marks a significant stage in the growth of the KAUST Research and Technology Park, which is home to leading companies from Saudi Arabia and around the world.

Nesma and Partners Contracting Co. Ltd. has been the official contractor for the Dow building and architectural firms HOK and Kirksey Architects designed exterior and interior of the centre respectively with Vanderweil Engineers delivering the MEP engineering.

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