Dow Chemical Company has joined hands with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) to expand its facilities at the KAUST Research and Technology Park with the construction of a new Dow Middle East Research and Development (R&D) Center.
The construction of the 13,500-sq-m R&D facility, designed to meet LEED silver certification requirements, will be led by KAUST and begin by the end of 2015.
Dow’s R&D facilities currently on the KAUST campus will relocate to the new building. The new facility will have capacity for up to 75 Dow R&D employees, added the report.
The new Middle East R&D Center will house advanced laboratories for the research of water treatment as well as expanded capabilities in oil and gas downstream and upstream markets, building and construction, and coatings driven by growth opportunities in the Middle East and other emerging geographies.
With the capability to extend into additional Dow technologies, the facility will support the geographic growth of Dow businesses, said the report.
President of Dow India, Middle East, Africa and Turkey, Markus Wildi, said that the expansion demonstrates Dow’s strategic commitment to innovation by strengthening R&D to better serve its customers and support growth in the region.