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40 million euros for R&D - Chem-Trend opens new lab in Germany

The worldmarket leader in the development, manufacturing, and marketing ofhigh-performance release agents, purging compounds, and other process chemicalspecialties, Chem-Trend, announced the opening of an advanced research anddevelopment (R&D) laboratory space in Maisach, Germany, about 25 kilometreswest of Munich. The new lab space will enhance Chem-Trend’s existing R&Dcapabilities and joins Chem-Trend’s network of innovative laboratories acrossthe globe.

Chem-Trend’sparent company, Freudenberg Chemical Specialities (FCS), has invested roughly 40million euros into the expansive new facility - spanning almost 10 acres. Variousparts of the facility will be used by FCS’s Chem-Trend, Klüber Lubrication, andOKS business units. The integrated space includes areas for R&D,warehousing, training, dining, and administrative services. This majorinvestment primarily aims to amplify excellent service, enhance technicalsupport, and advance development capabilities for its customers over the longterm.

Chem-Trend’sadvanced technology centre includes new equipment and dedicated laboratoryspace for its thermoplastics, polyurethane, and wood composite R&D teams.The centre combines a future-oriented layout with maximum flexibility toaddress future growth and industry shifts. The expanded lab space - especiallythe new test field for product development, evaluation, and demonstration - iskey to delivering elevated service to customers, with a special focus onEurope-based OEMs.

“Chem-Trend’sR&D teams will benefit from additional lab space, yet the greatest valuelies in the cooperative layout of the new laboratories, offices, and testfields. The development lab is designed to foster easy communication anddevelopment synergies, and to provide cross-functional support”, commentedDevanir Moraes, President and CEO, Chem-Trend. “With these newly optimizedR&D capabilities in Maisach, we are well positioned to accelerate our speedto market in Europe and keep our customers one step ahead”.

This latestinvestment continues a movement for both Chem-Trend and FCS: enhancinglaboratory spaces, development, testing equipment, and increasing R&Dpersonnel around the world. These updates allow Chem-Trend to develop thelatest testing methodologies to create breakthrough technologies for itscustomers. Chem-Trend is focused on helping its customers become moreproductive, more efficient, safer, more sustainable, and more prepared forwhat’s to come. Through a global supply chain, customers have access toChem-Trend’s discoveries worldwide, with regional teams ready to customizesolutions for their specific needs.

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