LANXESS opens a new Research and Development unit for Polyurethane Dispersions in Italy

Lanxess AD and TS laboratorySpecialty chemicals company LANXESS, engaged in the development, manufacturing, and marketing of chemical intermediates, additives, specialty chemicals and plastics, will launch a new applications development and technical services (AD & TS) laboratory for polyurethane dispersions (PUDs) in Latina, Italy. The facility will commence its operation in the 3rd quarter of 2018.

The new research laboratory will have the expertise to support 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’s Urethane Systems business unit, said, “There is a growing demand from customers for VOC (volatile organic compounds) free and lower carbon footprint materials. Moreover, the increasing regulatory pressure upon restricted chemicals, stimulates the applied research in water-based technologies. Hence, the foundation of a focused technical center is consistent with LANXESS’s strategy towards green technologies and chemistry.”

Eckert, commented, “The laboratory in Latina will be capable of doing analytical work, formulation development and synthesis of novel products to satisfy market needs with a high degree of technical differentiation.”

LANXESS Urethane Systems, one of the leading manufacturers in hot-cast prepolymers as well as of specialty aqueous polyurethane dispersions, coating systems, and polyester polyols provides specialized polyurethane systems solutions for various applications to meet the customers’ needs.

LANXESS, with sales of EUR 9.7 billion in 2017 operates in 25 countries with 74 production sites worldwide. The core business of the company is the development, manufacturing, and marketing of chemical intermediates, additives, specialty chemicals and plastics. LANXESS has created ARLANXEO, a joint venture with Saudi Aramco, to become a leading supplier of synthetic rubber.

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