Plastic Omnium to open R&D center in Brussels
The French automotive supplier, Plastic Omnium, opens an R&D center in Brussels. The center will study emission reduction, new energy solutions, fuel cells, and hydrogen stocking.
Last month, the company also opened an R&D facility in Wuhan (China). This Chinese city is considered a pilot city for research on hydrogen applications. Both centers will be of the same size and employ some 150 people in the first stage.
The company already has two R&D centers in mother country France, one in Lyon (opened in 2003), and one in Compiegne (opened in 2015). Plastic Omnium employs 32.000 people all over the world (26 countries) and supplies 83 automotive brands.
In 2018, the company had realized a turnover of 7,24 billion euros (+12,6%) and recorded a net benefit of 533 million euros (+25,4%).
The new R&D center in Brussels will be located in Haren, not far from Brussels airport. Plastic Omnium invests 50 million euros in the facility that will research the reduction of emissions and new energies.
As the company name indicates, Plastic Omnium is mainly producing plastics, primarily used in the automotive industry where they contribute to making vehicles lighter. The Brussels center will also have exceptional attention for fuel cell stacks and hydrogen stocking.