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We support the growth strategy of the Group by increasing our expansion of R&D in the emerging regions—especially in Asia. Our aim is to strengthen the competitiveness of our customers in these regions through research and applications technology and technological services geared specifically to local needs. To this end, we have built technology centers in India and Japan, and also a research center in Shanghai, China. The research center has already seen three expansions since it was opened in 2004, with new laboratory capacities coming on stream in fall 2013. Evonik has invested a total of €23 million in the building, which spans about 46,000 square feet and has 50 laboratories. In addition, we operate an R&D center specially designed for coating additives at the sites in Singapore and Shanghai, where we work on customized solutions for coatings manufacturers in the Asia-Pacific region. Our Light & Electronics Project House is headquartered at the renowned Industrial Technology Research Institute in Hsinchu (Taiwan) in the direct vicinity of large electronics producers. It focuses on panel lighting, display components and functional coatings for electronics. Nowhere else in the world are innovative trends in these industries set as fast as they are in China, South Korea and Taiwan. In addition, Creavis, the strategic innovation unit of Evonik Industries, opened a biotechnological research laboratory in Shanghai in 2013. Evonik also intends to consolidate its R&D in North America, where our new Medical Devices Project House started its work at the beginning of April 2014. Located in Birmingham (Alabama, USA), the new project house will conduct its research in the area of medical technology. Our technology scouts, who are based in China, Japan, India, South America, North America, the SEAANZ (Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand) region, and Europe, maintain contact with leading scientific institutions and companies in their regions. The work they do around the world helps Evonik to recognize business opportunities early on, seek out attractive technologies, and find potential collaboration partners.