Italy: Aqueous Polyurethane Dispersions Lanxess to Open AD & TS Laboratory for Polyurethane Dispersions
Specialty chemicals company Lanxess announced plans to open a new applications development and technical services (AD & TS) laboratory for polyurethane dispersions (PUDs) in Latina, Italy.
Cologne/Germany — As part of the existing Urethane Systems AD & TS center, the new lab will operate as a standalone facility dedicated to PUDs. It has been built with the scope of enhancing the company's Urethane Systems business partnership with clients and end users, via a technology focused interaction and high scientific focus. Start of operation will be in the 3rd quarter of 2018.
According to the company, the new laboratory will be capable of supporting market needs in a variety of coatings and adhesives applications in leather and textile finishing, plastic, glass and metal substrates coatings, as well as glass fiber sizing.
Dr. Markus Eckert, Head of Lanxess’ Urethane Systems business unit, said that there was a growing demand from customers for VOC (volatile organic compounds) free and lower carbon footprint materials. Moreover, the increasing regulatory pressure upon restricted chemicals, stimulated the applied research in water based technologies. Hence, the foundation of a focused technical center was consistent with the company’s strategy towards green technologies and chemistry. The laboratory in Latina would be capable of doing analytical work, formulation development and synthesis of novel products to satisfy market needs with a high degree of technical differentiation, Eckert continues.