Inauguration of the Kerneos Research Centre Asia (KRCA)
The opening ceremony of the Kerneos Research Centre Asia (KRCA) took place on 15 May in the presence of Jean-Marc Bianchi, CEO of Kerneos, and Dong Lang, Deputy Director of Teda Government. This event was followed on 16 May by a seminar with experts of the industry to exchange on the challenges and developments of the market. This new R&D Centre is located next to Kerneos’ production site in Tianjin-Teda/CN. KRCA is part of the Kerneos strategy to serve customers around the globe with value added innovative products based on aluminate technologies. KRCA will strongly support local and international customers in the rapid growing construction and refractory markets in China and Asia. In close coordination with the central Kerneos Research and Technology Centre in France (KRTC) it will also focus on innovations for the construction market segments within Asia as well as the global refractory market. For this purpose KRCA has been equipped with specific high temperature testing facilities. The new building represented a multi-million euro investment and has a total surface area of more than 1700 m2. The structure has laboratories dedicated to the different market segments as well as specific environmental rooms to simulate summer and winter conditions. In addition there a showroom to demonstrate the use of Kerneos products in their applications as well as a room in which customer seminars and training sessions can be held.