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Chem-Trend Enhances R&D Capabilities in Europe

  • Wednesday, 30th January 2019
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Chem-Trend announces the opening of an advanced research and development (R&D) laboratory space in Maisach, Germany.

The new lab space will enhance Chem-Trend’s existing R&D capabilities and joins Chem-Trend’s network of innovative laboratories across the globe.

Chem-Trend’s parent company, Freudenberg Chemical Specialities (FCS), has invested roughly €40 million ($45.5 million) into the expansive new facility – spanning almost 10 acres. Various parts of the facility will be used by FCS’s Chem-Trend, Klüber Lubrication, and OKS business units. The integrated space includes areas for R&D, warehousing, training, dining, and administrative services. This major investment primarily aims to amplify excellent service, enhance technical support, and advance development capabilities for its customers over the long term.

Chem-Trend’s advanced technology centre includes new equipment and dedicated laboratory space for its Thermoplastics, Polyurethane, and Wood Composite R&D teams. The centre combines a future-oriented layout with maximum flexibility to address future growth and industry shifts. The expanded lab space — especially the new test field for product development, evaluation, and demonstration — is key to delivering elevated service to customers, with a special focus on Europe-based OEMs.

“Chem-Trend’s R&D teams will benefit from additional lab space, yet the greatest value lies in the co-operative layout of the new laboratories, offices, and test fields. The development lab is designed to foster easy communication and development synergies, and to provide cross-functional support,” commented Devanir Moraes, President and CEO, Chem-Trend. “With these newly optimised R&D capabilities in Maisach, we are well positioned to accelerate our speed to market in Europe and keep our customers one step ahead.”

This latest investment continues a movement for both Chem-Trend and FCS: enhancing laboratory spaces, development, testing equipment, and increasing R&D personnel around the world. These updates allow Chem-Trend to develop the latest testing methodologies to create breakthrough technologies for its customers. Chem-Trend is focused on helping its customers become more productive, more efficient, safer, more sustainable, and more prepared for what’s to come. Through a global supply chain, customers have access to Chem-Trend’s discoveries worldwide, with regional teams ready to customise solutions for their specific needs.


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