Chardon, Ohio - Lanxess Corp. subsidiary Rhein Chemie Corp. has opened an Engineering Plastics Applications Laboratory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to support customers in the Americas region with product and application testing.
The new unit, housed in Lanxess's Technology Center at its US headquarters building in Findlay Township, will work closely with Rhein Chemie's global research laboratory in Mannheim, Germany, to help identify innovative opportunities for the company's high-quality products.
"With a focus on engineered thermoplastics, this lab is well positioned to support the business and technology development efforts in this region," explained Don Stengel, Rhein Chemie Corp.'s Applications Development manager.
Rhein Chemie has expertise in hydrolysis stabilisation and physical property enhancements through its range of plastics additives. The company says it has a focus on supplying additives to address the demanding needs of sustainable bio-plastic and bio-polyols (soya-based) resins. As an example, its Stabaxol carbodiimide helps control hydrolysis degradation in polyurethanes, thermoplastic polyurethanes, traditional nylon and polyester.
The new lab will build on the success of this technology, said the group.
"We're very excited to have the lab operational so that our plastics experts can further develop these and other innovative solutions to meet the latest industry challenges," said Rhein Chemie Corp. president Edward Klavin. "And we're confident that our customers will find significant benefit in the top-notch support we can provide regionally from our new Applications Laboratory."