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Ciba Specialty Chemicals Opens New Technical Center to Support Coatings Customers in NAFTA

Published on 2005-04-01. Author : SpecialChem

Basel, Switzerland -- At an inauguration ceremony held this month in Newport, Delaware, Ciba reinforced its dedication to the coatings industry in the NAFTA region by opening a new technical center. The center specializes in enhanced effects for coatings, including coloration, stabilization, and processing effects. The new laboratories are a key part of a network of Ciba facilities supporting customers and new product developments around the world. The facility consolidates the additives for coatings expertise previously located at Ciba's Tarrytown, NY, site with its pigments and EFKA Additives expertise located in Newport, Delaware.

The new technical center in Newport specializes in enhanced effects for coatings

Global Head of Business Line Coatings Giordano Righini explains, "The opening of this new facility with state-of-the-art laboratories will allow us to offer our customers further enhanced technical and business support. The coatings laboratories will benefit from synergies resulting from their location on the same site as Ciba' inks & imaging and colorants for plastics & fiber applications, as well as the Color Services business unit, which offers unique color matching services to the industry."

The new laboratory is the latest in a series of investments made by Ciba at the Newport site over the past years. This key, state-of-the-art production plant manufactures high-performance quinacridone and diketo-pyrrolo-pyrrole (DPP) pigments. Greg Orange, Head of Business Line Coatings for NAFTA, emphasizes, "This consolidation at one site will help develop an even deeper knowledge of the coatings industry, customers and the challenges they face. The goal is to deliver the right solution to our customers through technological excellence. By pooling our resources, we can provide the best technical support throughout the Americas. Customers who operate globally can rely on Ciba to help them develop a solution anywhere in the world."

Ciba (SWX: CIBN, NYSE: CSB) is a leading global company dedicated to producing high-value effects for its customers' products. We strive to be the partner of choice for our customers, offering them innovative products and one-stop expert service. We create effects that improve the quality of life - adding performance, protection, color and strength to textiles, plastics, paper, automobiles, buildings, home and personal care products and much more. Ciba is active in more than 120 countries around the world and is committed to be a leader in its chosen markets. In 2004, the Company generated sales of 7 billion Swiss francs and invested 288 million in R&D.

Source: Ciba

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