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Evonik Opens New Lab to Develop Specialty PU Additives for Adhesives

Published on 2021-11-24. Edited By : SpecialChem

TAGS:  Polyurethane Adhesives      Sustainability / Natural Adhesives    

Evonik Opens New Lab to Develop Specialty PU Additives for Adhesives Evonik expands its position in the polyurethane (PU) industry with a new laboratory and innovation facility at its Essen Goldschmidt site in Germany. The new 400-square-meter laboratory will enhance the Group’s development capabilities for high-performance specialty PU additives and processing aids for a variety of PU applications.

The focus is on high-growth application areas such as the production of sustainable artificial leather, low emission catalysts for high-quality coatings and adhesives, performance additives for making PU shoe soles more durable and comfortable, and emission optimized release agents for molded foams and elastomers.

Developing Sustainable Additives Solutions

Our new laboratory and innovation center sends signal to the market and reinforces our strategy as the most innovative, solutions provider to the PU industry,” said Ralph Marquardt, head of Evonik's PU additives business. “This latest investment enables us to develop innovative and more sustainable additive solutions for our customers to help them meet changing market demands and increasing environmental regulations.”

Evonik's specialty additives and processing aids make, for example, the production of artificial leather more sustainable by replacing organic solvents with water in the production process. Another application area that Evonik’s PU experts are already working on in the new laboratory and innovation facility are environmentally friendly catalysts for polyurethane foams and materials with rubber-like properties (elastomers).

They are used in the production of high-performance PU materials that protect electronic components in cell phones from vibrations or prevent the mechanical failure of electric car battery components during the charging and discharging process. Another examples are additives and processing aids that extend the lifespan of PU shoe soles by improving the durability, appearance and wearing comfort.

"The new facility’s equipment enables our team to work efficiently and safely on developing new additive solutions and bring them to market much quicker," said Matt Aldag, head of Evonik’s advanced PU business.

Ingredients Suitable for PU Polymers from Evonik

Source: Evonik

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