Dow Chemical (China) and Haier Group have signed an agreement to form a global joint innovation laboratory. The lab will be located at Haier Group’s Technique R&D Center in Qingdao, China. The new facility will speed up the innovation partnership between both the companies by managing their research and development projects.
The lab will leverage Haier’s expectation of consumer requirements and industry trends and enhance Dow’s technical and global research capabilities. The Strategic Cooperation Committee will identify and evaluate projects and activities to be performed in the joint innovation lab. Chief Technology Officer of Dow Asia Pacific, Dr. Weiguang Yao stated that through the partnership, Dow provides innovation expertise to support Haier’s activities in offering sustainable and varied solutions in consumer electronics and home appliance products in China and across the world.
Dow and Haier started the strategic innovation collaboration in 2009. Both the companies have performed several profitable programs, including the launch of the breakthrough Magic-Pallets Washing technology and Haier’s acceptance of Dow’s patented PASCAL insulation technology to produce energy-saving household freezers and refrigerators. These breakthrough projects have helped both the companies to move forward and establish the joint innovation laboratory. The joint lab will leverage the partnership to a new level and will also help to convert Haier’s technical capabilities into commercialized solutions.