Materials Science

Dow inaugurates Innovation Centre in Saudi Arabia

Located in the KAUST Research and Technology Park, the centre will support Dow’s ramped-up research efforts to address critical needs in the Kingdom and the region, including increasing energy efficiency and minimizing environmental footprint. 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 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. The 13,500m² space, designed to achieve LEED Gold certification, will house Dow’s Research & Development facilities and the newly established Dow Digital Marketplace Centre for the region.

The newly constructed Dow Innovation Center was inaugurated in a ceremony attended by Dow executive leadership, the KAUST Board of Trustees, University leadership, and special invited guests from Saudi Arabia.

“The new Dow Innovation Center 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,” stated 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.”

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 the University’s intellectual ecosystem.