PHILADELPHIA—Great Lakes Solutions, a Chemtura Corp. business, has added global research and development laboratories at its large research campus in Naugatuck, Conn.
Its new laboratories focus on flame retardant research and development along with applications development.
They were built at an existing building where Chemtura had available space, according to a company spokeswoman. The laboratories were added at a facility that houses Chemtura's Petroleum Additives R&D, Urethanes R&D and Process Development R&D operations.
Located at the Nudenberg-Wheeler Technology Research Campus in Naugatuck, the R&D laboratories house new state-of-the-art equipment used primarily for organic synthesis, flame retardant testing, physical property testing, chemical analysis and process development.
Naugatuck is the primary R&D location globally for Philadelphia-headquartered Chemtura, said Dave Sikora, the company's global director of 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,” he said.
Great Lakes' additions reinforce the company's commitment to fire safety, the development of innovative new products, and customer collaboration and support, the firm said.
“We work hard to continually find ways to connect our technical community worldwide, and we have connection methods in place and operating,” the spokeswoman said. “With such connectivity, when you work with Chemtura, we leverage everyone's knowledge, know-how, expertise and experience to solve customer problems and create new innovations.
“By having all of our United States researchers in one location, this "supercharges' such efforts.”
Great Lakes said the custom-built center was designed not only for efficiency, with close alignment of interaction between synthesis and applications scientists, but also for collaboration between the company's chemists and engineers and those of Chemtura's Petroleum Additives and Urethanes businesses.
Urethanes and Petroleum Additives “discover, invent and develop new products and processes, solve customer problems and execute on customer collaborations,” the spokeswoman said.
She said two large laboratory buildings that comprise the technology research campus are located on a tract that spans 87 acres with a New England style vista.
The campus replaced a Great Lakes center in West Lafayette, Ind., that was closed in 2015 and consolidated on the site in Naugatuck.
Applications areas on the campus include not only small scale bench top extrusion, injection molding and combustion testing equipment for the rapid formations of new exploratory flame retardants, but also large scale extruders and molding equipment for formulation improvement and new applications of existing products.