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Merck Pigments Opens Technology Application Network China in Shanghai

Published on 2012-11-06. Author : SpecialChem

DARMSTADT/Germany, SHANGHAI/China -- Merck Chemicals China announced that its Pigments & Cosmetics Technology Application Network China (TANC) has opened in Shanghai. The TANC was established to better meet the growing needs of Chinese customers in the pigments and cosmetics sectors.

"We are dedicated to providing highly performing products and application-specific technical and customer support to our customers," Inese Lowenstein, Senior Vice President of the Merck Pigments & Cosmetics Business Unit, said at the opening ceremony: "China is one of the most dynamic and important markets in the world for Merck's pigments & cosmetics business. With the opening of the TANC, we will be able to bring innovative products to our Chinese customers more quickly and effectively."

The TANC evolved from the Merck China Customer Support Center, which was established at Fudan University in 1998, starting with just simple printing applications. The center moved into Merck China's Songjiang Site in 2008, offering basic services for plastic, printing, coating and cosmetic applications.

After the current expansion, the TANC will be able to offer color proposals based on powder-coating technology as well as SPF (Sun Protection Factor) testing to customers in China. Through upgraded chromameters and microscopes, Merck will provide more accurate and comprehensive recommendations to customers on color matching and analyses.

Dr. Alasdair Jelfs, Managing Director of Merck Chemicals China, said: "The fast growing market in China gives Merck many opportunities for our pigments and cosmetics business. The opening of the expanded facility with improved infrastructure and new competencies to serve local customers is a strong response to growing demands and demonstrates Merck's ongoing commitment to the China market."

Merck is the world's leading pearlescent pigments supplier, offering a wide product portfolio, including the Iriodin®, Xirallic® and Colorstream® brands. In China, Merck is active in all application fields of pigments and cosmetics raw materials with a professional marketing and sales organization and local production.

About Merck

Merck is a global pharmaceutical and chemical company with total revenues of € 10.3 billion in 2011, a history that began in 1668, and a future shaped by more than 40,000 employees in 67 countries. Its success is characterized by innovations from entrepreneurial employees. Merck's operating activities come under the umbrella of Merck KGaA, in which the Merck family holds an approximately 70% interest and shareholders own the remaining approximately 30%. In 1917 the U.S. subsidiary Merck & Co. was expropriated and has been an independent company ever since.

Source: Merck

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