Thermoplastic Polyurethanes Research Lab Opens in the United States

September 10 2012

BASF has opened a new research lab for thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) in Wyandotte, Michigan. A multidisciplinary team of product developers, chemists and material scientists will work to discover new products for the American automotive, construction, sports and leisure industries. “Closeness to our American customers and fast and direct contact are key criteria in enabling us to tap into new ideas and emerging market trends and produce sustainable innovations,” said Dr. Christian Fischer, President of Advanced Materials & Systems Research division at BASF. “The new lab in Wyandotte is the latest strategic step toward an ever more global overall approach to research.” Fischer added that it was also an excellent basis for expansion of the existing scientific network with universities and other research facilities in North America.

Wyandotte is BASF’s largest research and development site in the Midwest of the United States. The company already operates a number of labs specializing in the research and development of polymers and coatings for the North American market. The new polyurethane research team further enhances the technology and knowledge Verbund at this site. “A closely interlinked system of research, development and applications engineering enables us to develop new products rapidly and in a highly focused manner. It’s a concept for success that has proved its worth at other BASF sites and is now to be strengthened in Wyandotte,” said Dr. Karl-Rudolf Kurtz, Senior Vice President of the global research department PUR Systems & Composites and responsible for polyurethane research in Wyandotte.

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