Bayer Polymers Upgrades Development Facilities
|This new extruding equipment was installed as part of Bayer Polymers' renovations to its Americas Technical Center facility.|
Following similar renovations at its facilities in Germany and China, Bayer Polymers (Pittsburgh; www.bayer.com) has upgraded the research and development capabilities of its Americas Technical Center.
Located in Pittsburgh, the technical center has been improved with the installation of an environmental testing chamber, a weathering lab, and other specialty research equipment. The new resources will be used to develop and test new plastics, evaluate applications and processes, provide technical support, and research new methods of injection molding, coextrusion, and thermoforming.
"The upgrade to the Americas Technical Center is a major investment in the future of Bayer Polymers," says company spokesman Bob Kumpf. "New technologies and specialized technical capabilities are the key drivers for success in a competitive marketplace, and our upgrading efforts will allow us to service our customers more effectively worldwide," he adds.
The renovations to the testing facility follow a 2002 decision to relocate it from Massachusetts to the company's headquarters. Like the upgrade, Kumpf says the move was geared to improve service for the company's customers. "In its new location, the Center shares space with our plastics, polyurethane, and coating businesses. This colocation allows us to take advantage of the synergy between our divisions, adding more value for our customers who are looking for a one-stop shop for material and technical solutions," he says.
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