Western’s Research Park set for expansion


By Communications Staff
Thursday, May 8, 2008
The University of Western Ontario Research Park, already home to 60 companies and organizations, is set to expand.  Construction will begin in mid-May on a 60,000 square foot, high performance building at the London Campus of the Research Park, just north of The University of Western Ontario. The building represents an investment of more than $20 million into the region’s advanced manufacturing sector and will support up to 120 jobs.
“This is an important investment into our region’s manufacturing sector,” says Joel Adams, Executive Director of the Research Park.  “Not only will this new building bring together leading researchers under a single roof, it will also provide industry with access to one of the most sophisticated and greenest laboratory buildings in Canada.” He notes that the building will be constructed and operated using an energy and environmentally responsible approach for certification by the Canadian Green Building Council.
Two tenants for the new building are already confirmed.  One of the first tenants in the building will be a global centre for polymer research. LANXESS Inc., a world-wide leader in specialty chemicals with sales in 2007 of $9.7 billion (CAD) and approximately 15,200 employees in 21 countries, has chosen Western’s Research Park as the location for their company’s new research centre.  LANXESS recently completed a $100 million expansion of its butyl rubber plant in nearby Sarnia, Ontario, making it the largest, most modern facility of its kind in the world.  Their research centre will move into the Research Park when the new building is completed in the fall of 2009.
“Our company looked for a location linked with a leading research-intensive university," said Ralf I. Schenkel, Head of Global Research & Development for Butyl Rubber.  “This site was chosen as it combines a unique culture of innovation with access to cutting edge research. This is a significant commitment by LANXESS to innovation and growth in butyl manufacturing both in Canada and globally.”
The second tenant in the new building will be Surface Science Western, which will be moving from Western’s main campus to the Research Park.  Surface Science Western (SSW) is a consulting and research laboratory that provides comprehensive analytical services to more than 200 industry clients each year in sectors ranging from automotive to nanotechnology. Surface Science Western is already one of the leading analytical laboratories in North America and the new building will provide collaborative space for their scientists and engineers to use advanced surface and microscopic analytical equipment and will provide additional space for industry-sponsored graduate students.
“LANXESS is an exciting, leading-edge company that will have international impact with their research,” says Western’s Vice President, Research, Ted Hewitt.  “We look forward to enhanced opportunities for LANXESS researchers to come together with researchers in our Faculty of Science and other areas of campus, and to work together to move great research into application.”
“Earlier this year LANXESS announced that they were looking to locate this research centre to be near a major university,” said Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley.  “It is good news for southwestern Ontario that they’ve chosen The University of Western Ontario, and not elsewhere in the world, as it will offer future opportunities to strengthen their butyl rubber operations in Sarnia.”
“Growth for Western’s Research Park is great news,” said London’s Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco-Best. “This is the kind of collaborative research facility that will bring long term benefits to southwestern Ontario and is only made possible by having a top research-intensive university that is also a strong partner in regional economic development.”  
Contact: Joel Adams, Executive Director of the Research Park – 519-858-5150 or 519-871-7424
Media contact:  Ann Hutchison, Director of Media Relations – 519-661-2111 ext. 85468

An artist's rendering of the building is available by emailing ahutch2@uwo.ca
The University of Western Ontario Research Park
• Campuses in London (100 Collip Circle) and Sarnia-Lambton (1086 Modeland Road)
• Home to 60 companies and organizations, collectively employing over 2,000 people
• Regional economic impact well over $200 million per year. 
• Tenants range from small biotechnology start-ups to established engineering firms and research institutions.
• Includes organizations that are actively engaged in supporting entrepreneurs and industry include TechAlliance, the Stiller Centre, the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), and the National Research Council (NRC)
• Provides a focal point for strong collaboration and partnerships between industry, academia, and the community
• Owns and operates Windermere Manor, a 50-room hotel and conference centre
London Campus
• Has grown over 15 years to become one of Canada’s leading centres for commercialization
• Strong in healthcare, biotechnology, and materials science
• Averages one to two spin-off companies per year, including notables EK3 Technologies, Keigan Systems, and EVS (bought by GE Healthcare Biosciences)
• Companies have raised well over $100 million over the past decade
Sarnia-Lambton Campus
• Established four years ago (2003) in partnership with the County of Lambton and the City of Sarnia
• Has attracted $25 million from the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada to create the leading centre in Canada for the commercialization of environmentally sustainable bio-fuels and bio-products
• Working closely with industry leaders to reduce the environmental footprint of traditional chemical and energy sectors
Contact:  Joel Adams, Executive Director, The Research Park
E-mail: jadams@uwo.ca  Office: 519.858.5150  Mobile: 519.871.7424 













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