Clariant announces a new collaborative innovation centre to support North America’s paints and coatings industry in meeting the challenges of emerging trends, increasing performance requirements, and meeting sustainability needs. The new state-of-the-art laboratory will bring together its research and technical experts in specialty formulation ingredients and additives to foster collaborative product development across all formulation aspects. Customers in the region will benefit from a unique level of R&D and application testing support.
The investment will strengthen R&D support for customers across the industrial space of paints, coatings, inks, adhesives and elastomers. Existing capabilities at the location, which includes research laboratories and a pilot plant currently used by the technical teams of Clariant Industrial and Consumer Specialties, will be upgraded and expanded with an additional 5000sq feet of new laboratories and office space. New jobs will be created in the community as a result of the expansion.
The emphasis will be on innovating new ingredients, formulating, applying and testing. This includes on-site application testing capabilities, with the ability to test a paint formulation on performance, such as scrub, sag, levelling and colour acceptance, with industry draw down methods. Further research will be performed in the areas of examining solutions for dispersing and wetting, emulsification, open time, durability and formulation optimization. New equipment has been included that will promote faster throughput screening, improved rheological testing, a spray booth and accelerated weathering chambers.
Construction of the new Mount Holly West Innovation Center will begin in August 2021 and is scheduled for completion in Q1 2022. Clariant’s latest regional innovation centre for North America follows the opening of the Consumer Care Innovation Center in New Providence, New Jersey in September 2019.
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