SABIC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with hte in Heidelberg, Germany on September 5 to establish a satellite laboratory for high throughput experimentation to increase its R&D efficiency. hte is a leading high throughput experimentation company that provides a valuable upside to heterogeneous catalysis and enables fast track R&D.
The MoU was signed by Dr. Ernesto Occhiello, EVP, Technology & Innovation, and Dr. Wolfram Stichert, CEO at hte GmbH.
Under the MoU, hte will provide a technology platform to support SABIC in catalysis R&D. This will include advanced testing equipment which will be hosted exclusively at hte’s newly constructed laboratory building in Heidelberg, Germany. SABIC will benefit from a unique R&D environment with dedicated high throughput experimentation laboratories and specialized personnel. hte’s offering encompasses additionally state-of-the-art workshops, infrastructure, technology, service, and catalysis expertise.
The key principle of high throughput experimentation (HTE) is parallelization. Thus, performing of more than hundreds of experiments under varying industrially relevant conditions is highly economical. It decreases cost for development of new catalysts and chemical processes considerably and ultimately their time-to-market.
Commenting on the MoU, Dr. Ernesto Occhiello, SABIC Executive Vice President, Technology & Innovation, said the memorandum is in line with SABIC’s 2025 strategy for the growth of petrochemicals and meeting the future challenges of R&D. "We are happy to continue our collaboration with hte which we consider a forefront provider of modern R&D solutions and technology. An innovative partner like hte will indeed add value to our business in the long term, and this will enhance our innovation pace significantly."
Dr. Wolfram Stichert, CEO at hte said, "This MoU is the result of a long-term business relationship between SABIC and hte. This commitment for further cooperation will take our relationship to the next level. We are proud to be a preferred R&D collaboration partner for SABIC."
SABIC will increase R&D efficiency