Specialty materials company, Momentive Performance Materials, is set to open its fifth R&D and technical service laboratory for Urethane Additives (UA) in Leverkusen, Germany. The new UA R&D laboratory will be physically integrated with the other R&D groups of Momentive Performance Materials in Europe including those active in silicone polymers, silicone surfactant and silanes. The new lab includes foam prototyping capabilities and a comprehensive physical testing lab. Dr. Pierre Chaffanjon will be responsible for the new UA laboratory and will also lead the R&D Team for rigid polyurethane foams in Leverkusen.
"The new UA facility will benefit from the close proximity to the other Momentive R&D labs in Leverkusen, with easy access to a large variety of equipment and synthesis labs, and cross-fertilization of ideas within the larger R&D Momentive community," said Dr. Chaffanjon. Besides the new German lab, the company also operates UA R&D laboratories in Sisterville, WV and Tarrytown, NY, USA, Shanghai, PRC and Ohta, Japan. Momentive is a leading supplier of UA additives, offering Niax* and Geolite* branded products.