Prysmian Group North America recently celebrated the opening of its 54,000 square foot Research & Development Center in Lexington, where classes at the new Prysmian Group Academy have officially begun. As the first innovation hub of its kind in the U.S., the new Prysmian Group R&D Center will welcome experts from around the world to South Carolina to develop smart, safe and sustainable solutions to build a better future.
“Today, there is significant lack of innovation in the cable industry, so the first company to really disrupt this space will make a lasting impact in the world,” said Hakan Ozmen, CEO of Prysmian Group North America. “Our hope for the new R&D center is to foster the next generation of disruptors in the industry, which will have a lasting effect on communities around the globe.”
Using cutting-edge technology and worldwide university resources, the innovative program will accelerate students’ knowledge of emerging Prysmian Group technologies and initiatives, which include pioneering portable partial discharge detection technology (PRY-CAM®), smoke evaluation of halogenated vs. nonhalogenated (AFUMEX®) compounds, detection of cable aging, ribbon fiber technology, interactive telecom and power grids.
“At Prysmian Group, we prioritize innovation as the key to creating the technology of tomorrow,” said Marcelo de Araujo Andrade, Senior Vice President of Research & Development at Prysmian Group.
The R&D Center opens on the heels of a larger $15 million expansion of Prysmian Group’s Lexington facilities, which is expected to yield 30 new jobs over the next five years and render the company’s North American headquarters the highest producer of fiber cable in the world.
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