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Lubrizol Adds Lab Capabilities at its Innovation Center for Coating Technology Development

Published on 2015-08-13. Author : SpecialChem

CLEVELAND -- The Lubrizol Corporation's Performance Coatings business announces new lab capabilities at its Innovation Center in Singapore.

The Innovation Center - a USD 5.5 million investment between Lubrizol's Performance Coatings and Personal and Home Care businesses - opened in October 2013 with the goal of extending Lubrizol's innovation and technical expertise to customers throughout Asia. Expanding from a small rented lab space to a significantly larger Lubrizol-owned facility, the Innovation Center allows for customer training events, product R&D, formulations development, in-depth applications testing and a greater understanding of structural properties.

Fig. 1: Lubrizol

Over the past several months, new coatings capabilities have come online at the Innovation Center:

• The addition of full extrusion capabilities for plastics allows for the testing of Solplus(TM) polymeric dispersants for pigment and filler dispersion into thermoplastic masterbatch and compounding applications. This complements the lab's additional capacity for dispersant testing in a wide range of thermosetting applications.

• New automotive paint spray capabilities will enhance the development of customers' coatings by allowing Lubrizol to fully test a diverse range of both water-borne and solvent-borne formulations.

• New formulation capabilities allow Lubrizol to better optimize coating formulas to help customers achieve desired coating characteristics through in-depth understanding of structures and prediction of performance.

• Advanced equipment for measuring surface effects allow lab technicians to further research contact angles, surface tension and haptic and adhesion properties of coatings on a variety of substrates.

"Lubrizol's continued investment in the Singapore Innovation Center ensures we are focused on meeting the local needs of our Asian customers", says Hui Choo Tan, Performance Coatings regional technical manager. "We constantly strive to innovate the right solutions that help our customers bring differentiated coating performance to the most challenging of applications using locally-sourced raw materials and additives. In fact, the Innovation Center is already looking at how nano-technology can bring the next level of durability to coatings."

About Lubrizol Performance Coatings

Lubrizol innovates coatings solutions that help its customers balance the aesthetics, durability and functionality needs of their products for a wide array of surfaces and substrate. Its strength is in collaborating with customers to solve their toughest challenges-such as making coatings safer, enhancing production efficiency and reducing environmental impact-without compromising performance.

About The Lubrizol Corporation

The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a technology-driven global company that combines complex, specialty chemicals to optimize the quality, performance and value of customers' products while reducing their environmental impact. It produces and supplies technologies to customers in the global transportation, industrial and consumer markets. These technologies include lubricant additives for engine oils, driveline and other transportation-related fluids, industrial lubricants, as well as additives for gasoline and diesel fuel. In addition, Lubrizol makes ingredients and additives for home care and personal care products and pharmaceuticals, and specialty materials, including plastics technology and performance coatings in the form of specialty resins and additives. Its products for the oilfield market include technologies for exploration, production and transportation.

With headquarters in Wickliffe, Ohio, Lubrizol owns and operates manufacturing facilities in 17 countries, as well as sales and technical offices around the world. Founded in 1928, Lubrizol has approximately 8,000 employees worldwide.

Source: Lubrizol Corporation

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