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Elkem Silicones supports the Art Center of Saint Fons City in France

Elkem Silicones supports the CAP – Art Center of Saint-Fons city in France - and has responded favorably to the request of the center and the artist & filmmaker Samir Ramdani to participate in the manufacture of a sculptural work in silicones.

As an economic and historical player in the Lyon region for more than 70 year, Elkem is committed to a process of listening and exchanging with the stakeholders of the territory, an approach that is more generally part of its sustainable development policy. 

The Art Center and the artist asked Elkem to participate in the project to produce a sculpture that is the central element in the development of the film narrative and the final work of the artist. The project, with the title "Noor" is inspired by the history of the City of Saint-Fons and interpreted through the prism of science fiction.

For almost a year, a relationship was forged between the Saint-Fons Art Center, the film's production team, the producer Samsha Films, the movie maker and the communication, marketing, industrial and technical support departments of Elkem to study all possible solutions to carry out the making of the film thus contributing to the local cultural life. This collaboration made the creation of the sculptural work possible thanks to the products supplied by Elkem Silicones.

"The collaboration with Elkem Silicones brought a real added value for the artistic project. The relationship between the company, its technicians and the artist has created the conditions for the transmission of technical know-how necessary for the application in response to specific artistic needs. This has made it possible to create very stimulating interdisciplinary bridges and to forge a solid link between actors in the territory", says Alessandra Prandin, Director of the Art Center.

To define the appropriate silicone solution, technical exchanges took place between artists and experts. They selected a transparent product, which would allow light to penetrate the sculpture, a liquid material with a sufficient setting time to be able to shape it easily.

"Artists, sculptors, film decorators, special effects directors who are detail- and authentic-minded like to work with silicones. This material has no equivalent to give life to a human, an animal or a material replica because of its consistency, and its translucent, transparent or tinted appearance, " says Lisbeth Langsager, Marketing Manager at Elkem Silicones.

The detailed programme of the exhibition, public opening hours and events is available on the Art Center's website.

Elkem’s commitment to Sustainability

Sustainability is central to our business strategy. Our mission is to provide advanced material solutions shaping a better and more sustainable future, adding value to our stakeholders globally.

Elkem defines sustainability work as continuous efforts to maximise our positive impact on the environment and societies around us, as well as to minimise any negative impact. As a global company, we affect the environment and communities around the world every day. And through the products we make, we have a foot print in our supply chain and make new solutions possible.

Disclosure is a primary part of this engagement, and we can proudly state that in 2020, Elkem received a Gold rating from Ecovadis and was ranked by CDP in the Climate A List.

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About Elkem ASA 

Elkem is one of the world’s leading providers of advanced material solutions shaping a better and more sustainable future. The company develops silicones, silicon products and carbon solutions by combining natural raw materials, renewable energy and human ingenuity. Elkem helps its customers create and improve essential innovations like electric mobility, digital communications, health and personal care as well as smarter and more sustainable cities. With a strong track record since 1904, its global team of more than 6,800 people has a joint commitment to stakeholders: Delivering your potential. In 2020, Elkem was rated among the world’s top 5% on climate and achieved an operating income of NOK 24.7 billion. Elkem is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (ticker: ELK).

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