LANXESS recently announced it will open a new applications development and technical services (AD & TS) laboratory for polyurethane dispersions (PUDs) in Latina, Italy. 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 reportedly built with the scope of enhancing the company’s urethane systems business partnership with clients and end users. Start of operation will be in the third quarter.
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; and glass fiber sizing.
“There is a growing demand from customers for VOC (volatile organic compounds) free and lower carbon footprint materials,” said Markus Eckert, Ph.D., head of urethane systems business unit. “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 toward green technologies and chemistry.”