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Great Lakes Solutions, a business of Chemtura Corporation, announces the completion of its new, global center of excellence for flame retardant research and development and applications development at the Nudenberg-Wheeler Technology Research Campus in Naugatuck, Connecticut, USA.
Having opened on August 1, 2016, these laboratories house state of the art equipment for organic synthesis, flame retardant testing, physical property testing, chemical analysis, and process development. These new facilities reinforce Great Lakes Solutions’ commitment to fire safety, the development of innovative, new products, and customer collaboration and support.
The custom built facility has been designed not only for efficiency, with close alignment of interaction between synthesis and applications scientists, but also for synergy between the Great Lakes Solutions chemists and engineers and those of Chemtura’s Petroleum Additives and Urethanes businesses, who are co-located on the Naugatuck R&D campus.
The applications areas include not only small scale bench top extrusion, injection molding and combustion testing equipment for the rapid formulation of new, exploratory flame retardants, but also large scale extruders and molding equipment for formulation improvement and new applications of existing products. The testing area services all of the necessary mechanical and burn performance tests for new and existing products, and the unsurpassed analytical instrumentation provides required data regarding polymer structure, small molecule composition and interactions thereof.
"Naugatuck is the primary global R&D location for Chemtura” explains Dr. Dave Sikora, Global Director, Chemical Technology. “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. We look forward to partnering with our key flame retardant customers and leveraging our multiple, diverse chemical disciplines to solve their most pressing problems.”