Learning Center Akzo Nobel Launches Chemistry and Technology Innovation Hub
The Deventer Open Innovation Center will see an investment of more than 30 million dollars. Companies, entrepreneurs and investors will be able to gain access to special research facilities for scaling up production.
The Netherlands – Akzo Nobel Specialty Chemicals has signed an agreement which will see its Deventer site in the Netherlands transform into a chemistry and technology innovation hub. The location is set to be positioned as a key European center for the most demanding chemistry and technology. The Deventer Open Innovation Center is backed by a seven-year agreement with the municipality of Deventer and is being supported by the Restructuring Company Overijssel and the Province of Overijssel, who together are investing more than 30 million dollars.
Companies, knowledge institutes, entrepreneurs, investors and students will be able to gain access to a working environment which includes special research facilities, such as a unique safety laboratory, analytical lab, pilot facilities for scaling up production, and education and training facilities.
The 2018 opening will also bring new companies to Deventer and will contribute to diversity in employment, from plant operators and laboratory analysts to technologists and chemists. By the end of 2025, the center should accommodate around 300 knowledge-intensive employees and 50 users in the field of training and education, in addition to the existing 315 Akzo Nobel employees. Together with indirect employment, the total could amount to more than 1,000 jobs in 2025.
The center is widely supported by the local and regional business community, educational and knowledge institutions, the Association of the Dutch Chemical Industry (VNCI) and the Top Sector Chemistry public-private alliance. Currently known as the Deventer Open Innovation Center (DOIC), the final name is expected to be announced in early 2018.