BASF: Research Lab Opens in the United States
BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany, 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.
The initially five-person team’s main working area is TPU synthesis and processing. The aim is to customize key material properties such as stiffness, elasticity, transparency and UV stability to meet individual customer wishes by varying the manufacturing conditions.
The new lab in Wyandotte is the latest strategic step toward an ever more global overall approach to research. It is also a basis for expansion of the existing scientific network with universities and other research facilities in North America.
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