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Lubrizol to Open Global Center of Excellence in Germany for Coatings and Ink Industry

Published on 2015-04-15. Author : SpecialChem

CLEVELAND -- The Lubrizol Corporation's Performance Coatings business announced that it is forming a new global Center of Excellence at its Ritterhude, Germany facility, centralizing the research, testing and production of forward-thinking surface modifier technology for coatings and inks. The new Center of Excellence will allow closer team coordination, faster scale-up and improved commercialization of new surface modifier wax technology."Lubrizol is building this Center of Excellence with one primary goal - to focus on the right surface modifier technologies that will help advance the coating and ink industry on a global basis," comments Herbert Fuesser, Lubrizol Performance Coatings global product manager, surface modifiers. "This investment brings our expertise and resources to one consolidated location and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to delivering innovative surface modifier performance for our customers worldwide."

Manufacturing capabilities have been upgraded to ensure the continued delivery of outstanding product innovation, consistent production and customer support of advanced micronized and liquid wax products. "The installation of new milling lines offers increased manufacturing flexibility to meet our customers changing performance requirements and growing demands," continues Fuesser. "We've also successfully integrated production into the plant of nearly all surface modifiers that were previously produced in North America."

Consolidation of manufacturing resources at the same site where all technical and global technical support staff are based enables direct translation of customer requirements into new product solutions. Overall, the upgrade of manufacturing processes will lead to improved capabilities to customize surface modifiers for customers as well as increase capacity and flexibility in production.

The transition of lab and manufacturing capabilities from North America is scheduled for completion by late summer, 2015.

About Lubrizol Performance Coatings

Lubrizol innovate coatings solutions that help its customers balance the aesthetics, durability, and functionality needs of their products for a wide array of surfaces and substrates. 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 is a specialty chemicals company 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.

Source: Lubrizol

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