Emery Oleochemicals opens new application lab for its green polymer additives business


Emery Oleochemicals, the world’s leading natural–based chemicals producer and largest oleochemicals manufacturer in North America, has announced the completion of its new 7,500 square foot Technical Development Center (TDC) in Cincinnati, Ohio.

cincinatti labThe state–of–the–art facility will serve as an application lab for the company’s Green Polymer Additives Business to offer renewable and innovative polymer additive solutions to high growth markets such as automotive, building and construction, electronics, packaging as well as toys and sports equipment. In addition, it will provide Emery Oleochemicals’ Green Polymer Additives (GPA) customers with regional value–added services through its dedicated Application Testing. Emery Oleochemical previously established a Global Technical Development Center in Loxstedt, Germany, which opened in 2013.

Staffed by a dedicated technical team utilizing state–of–the–art equipment, the new Cincinnati lab capabilities include:

» Custom lubricant and plasticizer development, scale–up of LOXIOL® ester lubricants and EDENOL® plasticizers in our state of the art multi– purpose reactor,
» Formulation and applications testing for rigid and flexible PVC as well as development in engineered resins to provide technical solutions for many of today’s market segments from building and construction to medical applications, and
» Full analytical support for lubricant and plasticizer development and modern analysis including NMR, FTIR, SPME, GC/MS, HPLC, HPLC/MS, DSC TGA and viscosity measurement as well as physical testing to measure percentage elongation, compression and tensile strength.
The new lab is also equipped with weathering devices to simulate weathering characteristics of the finished article.

“Our lab housed in the TDC in Cincinnati is specifically designed to leverage our in–depth application knowledge of polymer processes and technical capabilities to deliver customizable market–ready solutions to the North American Market,” said Dr. Harald Klein, Global Business Director, Green Polymer Additive Business. “By providing our customers with the latest innovations, we aim to be an instrumental partner in the development of polymer additives that are sustainable, environmentally friendly and exceed the requirements in today’s polymer industry.”

With its local Green Polymer application lab capabilities, the Cincinnati TDC can be seen as another key milestone backing the business unit vision to be ‘The first choice in sustainable polymer additives’.

As Michael Hoppe, Senior Sales Manager Specialties, explains: “Our continued investment in the US into technical development capabilities combined with the recent completion of our $50 Million (USD) bio–based and recycled content ester plant, also located in Cincinnati, places the Emery Oleochemicals’ Green Polymer Business in a prime position to be the preferred partner for the plastics industry by offering renewable and innovative polymer additive solutions such as lubricants, plasticizers, anti–fogging, anti–static, and release agents.”



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