Clariant, Charlotte, North Carolina, announced a new collaborative innovation center to support North America’s paints and coatings industry in meeting the challenges of emerging trends, increasing performance requirements and meeting sustainability needs.
Clariant’s new laboratory will bring together its research and technical experts in specialty formulation ingredients and additives to foster collaborative product development across all formulation aspects.
Customers in the region will benefit from a unique level of R&D and application testing support. The emphasis will be on innovating new ingredients, formulating, applying and testing. This includes on-site application testing capabilities, with the ability to test a paint formulation on performance, such as scrub, sag, levelling and color acceptance, with industry draw down methods.
Further research will be performed in the areas of examining solutions for dispersing and wetting, emulsification, open time, durability and formulation optimization. New equipment has been included that will promote faster throughput screening, improved rheological testing, a spray booth and accelerated weathering chambers.
For more information, visit www.clariant.com.