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04-23-2015

SiVance Opens R&D Lab for Specialty Silane and Silicone Technologies

SiVance, LLC, a subsidiary of Milliken & Company, today announced the opening of a new, 11,000 sq.ft. (3,353 sq.m.) research and development (R&D) laboratory, on the company's R&D and manufacturing campus in Gainesville, FL/USA, that will enhance its ability to quickly develop and scale new silane and silicone technologies. The new facility is part of a planned series of investments enabling SiVance to better address current and future customer needs in target markets such as electronic semiconductors, contact lenses, coatings and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The lab will also speed up process development for custom manufacturing of speciality silanes, silicones and other chemistries.

Large walk-in fume hoods in SiVance’s new research and development laboratory (figure: Milliken & Company)

Large walk-in fume hoods in SiVance’s new research and development laboratory (figure: Milliken & Company)

“This state-of-the-art facility is a major milestone in our continuous investment strategy for the business, which was initiated following Milliken’s acquisition of SiVance in 2011,” said Saikat Joardar, vice president, SiVance, LLC. The new building is outfitted with sophisticated equipment for research, process development and testing. Installations include eight benchtop hoods for small-scale research development and eight large walk-in fume hoods that enable large-scale development activities and the manufacturing of materials for sampling.

A dedicated instrument lab houses an inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (ICP-MS) that allows laboratory staff to detect minute levels of trace elements, a capability that supports the high purity demands of semiconductor manufacturing. The facility is further equipped with video conferencing systems that simplify remote collaboration with customers and researchers at other Milliken sites. Customers are also encouraged to make onsite visits to observe running processes and conduct quality audits.

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