Momentive: Tire Application Technology Laboratory
Momentive Performance Materials USA Inc. (“Momentive”), Albany, NY, USA, announced that it has established a 22,000 square foot tire research and development laboratory with state-of-the-art capabilities in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, through the purchase of certain assets and the sublease of laboratory space from Continental Tire North America, Inc. (“Continental”). In addition, Momentive has hired five highly experienced R&D personnel previously employed by Continental.
The facility enhances Momentive’s ability to provide faster innovation for customers in the tire and rubber industry while helping the company reduce new product development cycle times. The laboratory significantly expands Momentive’s strategic capability for analysis of the chemical interaction of innovative silanes within the complex network chemistry of tire and rubber compounds.
With the new lab, Momentive expects to substantially increase the annual number of complex compounds tested, provide more specific, relevant data, and reduce turnaround time for development samples.
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