Switch to

25. November 2005

Bayer expanding Chinese R&D centre

Bayer MaterialScience, Leverkusen, Germany, has started construction work to expand its Polymer Research and Development Centre (PRDC) in Pudong, Shanghai, China. The project will create the group’s first facility technical R&D facilities for its Thermoplastic Polyurethanes business in the region, as well as for its Polyurethanes; Polycarbonates and Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants units. The expansion will more than double the area of the PRDC and include the construction of two new buildings to house technical facilities for BMS’ Polyurethanes and Coatings business units adjacent to the existing facility. The four business units will have the full capacity to provide technical service, new application development, as well as training for staff and customers, said a 26 Oct BMS statement. “For the first time, we will have at the same location world-class facilities to provide technical service, application development, and training for all four of our business units operating in Asia Pacific. Our investment in this expansion project also reflects our goal to continuously invest in the latest and most state-of-the-art facilities for this centre,” said Juergen Dahmer, BMS President for the Greater China region. BMS opened the existing PRDC facility in 2001, becoming one of the first foreign companies to establish an R&D facility in Shanghai. The building, which features a façade made with the company’s Makrolon polycarbonate, and flooring based on its polyurethane systems, currently houses equipment for the development and testing of PU formulations and high-tech processing and cleanroom facilities to support customers involved in the production of Makrolon DVD-Rs. BMS has also operated an adhesives laboratory in Guangzhou in southern China Since 2004, focusing on the testing and development of adhesive products for the footwear, furniture, automotive and sealants industries

Write a comment on this article now