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      R&D

      We are committed to developing sustainable technologies
      through continuous research and development.
      • Chemistry for my life - Hanwha chemistry adds value to your everyday life.
      • 06:00 AMI wake up to the chilly morning air. My day starts early but full of energy. EVAEVA is an eco-friendly material with elasticity and softness which makes it ideal for sneaker soles. Its properties of transparency, flexibility and low-temperature sealability also make EVA an ideal material for laminating films and solar-module sheets.
      • 09:00 AMLike everyone else, I move among others, picking up my pace, as I make my way into the subway to go to work . CACaustic soda is essential in a wide range of industrial products including paper, textiles, detergents, metals, food and electrical generation. Chlorine is a natural co-product of caustic soda and is used to produce polycarbonates.
      • 02:00 PMA cup of coffee cheers me up in the middle of a hectic day. PEA polymer with outstanding physical properties and environmental stability, it is found in many different forms of plastic we use every day. Polyethylene coating applied to paper cups prevent leakage.
      • 06:00 PMTime to wrap up! Driving home, my hands tap lightly on the handle. TDIsTDI is a feedstock for PU resin and adhesives. Flexible foams are used in shoes, furniture, automotive components, bedding and toys. Semi-rigid foams are used in car interior materials.
      • 11:00 PMTime to rest up for a fresh start tomorrow. Survived another day, good job! PVCPVC has a wide range of residential applications such as wallpapers, flooring materials, window frames, cable sheathing, stationary and toys.

      For the past 30 years, Hanwha Chemical R&D Center has been committed to developing and applying cutting-edge technology. We have led the advancement of chemistry in South Korea with the vision of creating a more prosperous future for humanity. To this end, we have conducted research into next-generation technologies and materials that can drive the new future. Our R&D investments are allowing us to develop eco-friendly and value-added products in the polyolefin and chemical markets. At the same time, we’re adopting innovative measures that translate to cost reductions and process improvements that further strengthen our business competitiveness.

      Hanwha Chemical R&D Center is continuing to seek change as a global industry leader through new technologies that set new standards. We’re driving change for life, for the better.

      R&D Efforts

      • Securing future growth engines Our R&D strategy is part of a bold enterprise-wide roadmap to develop original technologies. These new technologies will give rise to new products for new businesses.
      • Strengthening existing competencies To secure our leadership positions in each of our businesses, we’re expanding our value-added product portfolios, aggressively using research to advance conventional processes, improving product quality, and reducing cost.
      • Creating a pool of experts We are promoting a creative environment and investing in diverse programs to nurture talents who will pursue advanced research in teams made up of other exceptional individuals and SMEs.
      • Building a global R&D network We are partnering with global technology leaders and prominent research institutions to develop original and emerging core technologies that will drive our leadership in the global market.

      R&D Organization

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      1. Head
        • R&D Planning Team
        • General Affairs Team
        • Analysis Team
        • Catalyst R&D Center
        • Process R&D Center
        • Future Technology R&D Center
        • Product R&D Center
        • Polymeriwation R&D Center
        • PO Tech Center
        • PVC Tech Center

      R&D History

      • 1979 Daedeok R&D Center is established
      • 1982 LDPE for wire & cable applications is successfully developed
      • 1995 LLDPE for insulation is successfully developed
      • 1996 High-content EVA used in shoe soles is successfully developed
      • 2002 Proprietary ASR is successfully developed
      • 2003 OEM technology for ultra-high-content EVA is secured
      • 2008 DOTP plasticizer is successfully developed
      • 2011 LLDPE for cable project is awarded Best Government R&D Project
      • 2012 HDPE for film & injection molding is commercialized
        Eco-friendly plasticizer is successfully developed
      • 2016 Korea’s first domestic CPVC is successfully produced

      Key Research Areas

      • PVC/Specialty PVC
        Main areas of research: PVC, Paste, CP/TP, CPVC
        Our research on multiple grades of PVC formulation and production processes will further strengthen our business competitiveness. And to expand our portfolio of highly functional specialty products that yield greater profit margins, we’re heavily investing in R&D on copolymer, terpolymer and CPVC.
      • Eco-friendly Plasticizer
        Main areas of research: Eco-DEHCH
        We continuously monitor market trends in eco-friendly products and customer needs. We factor our learnings into research to improve our development of general-purpose eco-friendly plasticizers and plasticizers with specialized functions. One example of a product that has been the result of our R&D efforts is the Eco-DEHCH, an eco-friendly plasticizer with a remarkable improvement in stability and processability. Eco-DEHCH, developed with our proprietary technology, has been well-received by customers and as a result, commercially successful.
      • Catalyst
        Main areas of research: Metallocene Catalyst,
        Ziegler-Natta Catalyst, Petrochemical Catalyst
        Our research on developing metallocene and Ziegler-Natta catalysts reflect our efforts to secure original technologies and at the same time develop high-value-added specialty PE products. Our research into petrochemical catalyst is part of our strategy to diversify our product portfolio and become further competitive in the market.
      • Olefin Polymer
        Main areas of research: Ethylene Homo/Co polymer
        (LD, LLD, HD, m-LLD, EVA, W&C etc.)
        Our research on diverse olefin products (EVA, LDPE, LLD/HDPE, metallocene PE, W&C compound) is part of our endless pursuit to satisfy customer needs – one of which is to lead with specialty products that possess greater durability and processability.
      • Functional Polymer
        Main areas of research: DCPD petroleum resin,
        high-performance adhesive resin, alkali soluble resin
        We are developing polymers that exhibit an adhesive quality when added to products and can be applied to diverse functional adhesives, tapes, hygienic products, food packaging, printing ink, surface protection coating, paint, etc. Main products under development are functional polymers, such as hydrogenated petroleum resin, an ingredient in adhesives used in hygienic products and food packaging.
      • Petrochemical Process
        Main areas of research: Manufacturing processes for petroleum resin, eco-friendly plasticizers, isocyanates, intermediates for new products, energy-saving separation process, and PE polymerization process
        We believe research on process development is essential for commercializing new processes. Research is also a means to our goal: to reduce production costs and impact to the environment. We work to optimize process designs and develop energy-saving reaction/separation process technologies by using computer simulations to create concept designs for new processes that are both more efficient and effective.