Dow Corning (China) Holding Co., Ltd, a leader in silicones, silicon-based technology, and innovation, was today awarded the Most Innovative Companies Award in China 2013.
The prestigious annual award from the Economic Observer recognizes companies in China for their innovation in seven areas: strategy, talents, leadership, culture, technology, products and business model. Dow Corning was selected from over 60 entries this year and was one of ten winners. Judges included experts from the State Council Development Research Center Enterprise Institute, Tsinghua University, Beijing Innovation Association, and the China-Europe International Business School.
“We are honored to receive this distinguished award as we also celebrate our 40 years of operation in the Greater China region,” said Jeremy Burks, Greater China President. “Our employees’ commitment to push the boundary of innovation has meant the development of next-generation applications and technology that enable our customers to meet changing market demands.”
Innovation forms the cornerstone to Dow Corning’s success and the Songjiang site expansion case study submitted to the judging panel is a good demonstration the company’s integrated approach to maintaining its position on the industry’s cutting-edge. Innovation is fully incorporated into all aspects of its operation, from its manufacturing process, to product development and supply chain. The multi-million USD expansion was one of the largest single investments in China’s paper release industry to date.
As the global industry shifts from solvent-based technology toward adopting solventless products, Dow Corning’s solventless silicone manufacturing system in Songjiang is well-positioned to fulfill local demands for innovative solventless solutions. Notably, Dow Corning’s innovation goes beyond invention in the lab. Through innovation in the manufacturing process, such as using a closed-loop steam recovery system and enclosed feeding system, the Songjiang site not only reduces overall water and energy consumption on-site, but also minimizes waste and reduces the company’s environmental footprint. The global-leading EHS (Environment, Safety and Health) measures were adopted to minimize operational risks and better protect workers’ safety. The Songjiang site also increases overall regional supply chain efficiency and provides environmental and financial benefits for customers across China and the Asia Pacific region by working closely with Dow Corning’s integrated business network, which includes two major manufacturing sites, one China Business and Technology Center and six offices across Greater China.
“Innovation helps our customers improve efficiencies and save costs,” said Burks. “At Dow Corning, our success is dependent on our customers’ success,” he added.
The award was presented at Beijing International Hotel in a ceremony attended by officials from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, business leaders and the media.