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Arkema Opens New Development and Application Laboratory in Brazil

April 22, 2014

Arkema has opened a new development and application laboratory at its Araçariguama plant in Sao Paulo, Brazil dedicated to the Arkema Coating Resins and Coatex businesses. Arkema Coating Resins is a business unit of Arkema; Coatex is a subsidiary of Arkema Group.

The new facility will focus on innovation and technical customer support across several market segments, including coatings, adhesives, construction, textiles, mineral processing, paper and graphic arts. More than 150 agents, authorities, suppliers and partners were invited to attend an opening ceremony at the new facility.

““We’re very confident that we’ll be able to provide an efficient technical service to both our current and new customers using the resources of our new lab,” Neide Jiuliani, research and development manager for the business units, explained.

Arkema has invested approximately $2.5 million to construct and equip the new lab, which opened on April 23.  Tests performed at the facility will include methods crucial to customer applications, including:

Glass Transition Temperature
Metal Finishing Technology (MFT)
Rheometer – RheoStress 6000
CEM – Smart 5
Scrub Resistance
Particle Size

Additionally, the facility will support the introduction of the ENCOR brand into the Brazilian market. ENCOR products produced at the same site include ENCOR 726, ENCOR  726 Plus and ENCOR 1243 latexes.