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Merck’s New Application Laboratory in Shanghai to Focus on Pigments Business

Published on 2017-07-24. Author : SpecialChem

Merck has opened its new application laboratory for Performance Materials business.

New Application Laboratory

Merck’s New Application Laboratory in Shanghai
to Focus on Pigments Business

  • The new, expanded application laboratory is located in Shanghai’s Pudong district
  • Merck launched the application laboratory to deliver customized services for its quality products
  • The lab helps to seek collaboration with customers for new applications and formulations 

The collaboration began in 1998 with the opening of the first site at Fudan University in Shanghai. The Technology Application Network China (TANC) focused on print applications. Three expansions made over the years lead to extra application fields. Application fields range from:
  • Coating
  • Cosmetic applications
  • Dispersion paints
  • Powder coating technologies
  • Quality control 
  • Cosmetic testing

China is one of the fastest-growing markets for Merck’s pigments and cosmetics businesses. China’s best-known brand manufacturers rely on pigments and functional materials from Merck. They use TANC when developing new products.

Growing Customer Demand for Advisory Services and Collaboration

  • The underlying TAN (Technology Application Network) is a global unit 
  • It consists of more than 100 employees in central competence centers
  • The employees provide the market regions with technical consultation and access to application technology laboratories
  • Information gets transmitted from one site to another via a global network, allowing the sites to benefit from each other

TANC helped in technical consultation on the entire product portfolio of:
  • Pigments 
  • Functional materials 

TANC helped to integrate these products in new technologies. This includes the use of pigments in:

Besides, more and more customers are expressing a wish for local training. It thus made sense to establish a customer experience center for workshops in a creative environment and with good connections to a lab.

Customer Experience Center

  • The TANC evaluates R&D materials according to customer specification
  • It develops demo tools and steer their production
  • It supports products with lectures and publications
  • It provides training for employees and customers
  • Performs supportive work for quality control and production

Friedhelm Felten, Executive Vice President and Head of Pigments & Functional Materials said:

The new TANC boosts our capabilities for supporting China and the surrounding region.

We’re pleased that we can now offer our Chinese customers even more capacities to make their customers’ color dreams come true – from automotive coatings to printing, architecture, and cosmetics."

"Furthermore, we’re expanding their possibilities by providing technical services for functional materials, such as for laser marking or security applications.

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Source: Merck
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