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Univar Launches Innovative European Coatings Laboratory

Published on 2010-12-15. Author : SpecialChem

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Univar, a leading global chemical distributor, announced the launch of an innovative European coatings laboratory. The new laboratory has been established by upgrading and extending the services, scope and reach of the existing UK facility in Middlesbrough.

In the new laboratory, Univar's specialist technicians will create product concept samples for customers throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with ingredients from its extensive coatings product portfolio. Technicians will also evaluate raw materials, test specific coating-related problems and enable customers to see products in their finished state ahead of full production. These services will significantly cut testing and product development time for customers and enable them to develop the optimal product mix, saving time and money.

"The launch of the new European coatings laboratory enables Univar to differentiate itself from other distributors and provide an increasingly important and tailored service," said Sergio de Sola, Sales and Marketing Manager for Univar's Coatings business in EMEA. "The fact that all major testing can be done within this single facility means Univar is not only a key source for coatings products, but also an expert in customised coatings formulations, thus providing the upmost value and quality to all our customers."

The laboratory will provide services for many coatings market segments, including decorative, general industrial, wood and protective coatings as well as construction chemicals, liquid inks and overprint varnishes.

Increasing the proportion of 'greener' and natural products in Univar's portfolio is a key pillar of its pioneering U+stainability program. The coatings laboratory provides the facilities for Univar's technicians to formulate products with lower health, safety and environment impacts while also helping customers with sustainable formulations of their own products. One such Univar product is water-based solvents - as opposed to petrol-based solvents. Univar has investigated acrylic, alkyd emulsion and silicon resin technologies for the development of a wood stain that not only provides good colour stability but also offers a good water beading effect and water vapour permeability.

Univar's strong sales and marketing teams complement chemical producers and create value for customers. The company provides technical expertise in application development, excellence in logistics support, and outstanding customer service to help its partners grow their business.

Univar will have a presence at the European Coatings Show 2011 in Nuremberg, Germany (stand number 9-113), one of Europe's most important coatings events, to ensure customers can experience these formulations first hand.

About Univar

Univar is one of the world's leading distributors of industrial and specialty chemicals. Univar represents over 2,500 chemical producers and provides its customer base, made up of 80,000 customers, with a full portfolio of products. Univar operates a network of 179 facilities in North America, Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, and Latin America, with additional sales offices located in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In 2009, Univar reported sales of $7.2 billion.

Operating from 56 distribution facilities in 25 countries across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, Univar's 2,200 local employees serve more than 28,000 customers in a diverse range of industries including coatings, food, personal care, pharmaceuticals, and other major sectors.

Source: Univar

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