Naugatuck, Connecticut – Great Lakes Solutions has completed a new global centre of excellence for flame retardants at its Nudenberg-Wheeler Technology Research campus in Connecticut. The company is part of Chemtura, which is being acquired by Lanxess.
The facility will carry out R&D on flame retardants and their applications. Research carried out in the labs will include organic synthesis, flame retardant testing, physical property testing, chemical analysis and process development. Its equipment ranges from small-scale bench-top extruders, injection moulders and combustion testing equipment to larger-scale machines, plus analytical instruments.
The lab set-up will encourage synergies between Great Lakes chemists and engineers, and also those from Chemtura’s co-located petroleum additives and urethanes businesses. “Locating the new flame retardant laboratories at this research campus will accelerate innovation for our customers through the collective wealth of technical expertise, knowledge and experience of all our scientists,” said Dave Sikora, the company’s global director for chemical technology.