AMSTERDAM - Corbion has opened an advanced research and development (R&D) and applications laboratory in Gorinchem, the Netherlands. The new facility will be pivotal to Corbion’s continued delivery of its food ingredient and biochemical products and services to customers across the globe.

Home to over 150 technical specialists, the laboratory focuses on the conception and development of new biobased products, comprehensive application development work, and testing and trials. State-of-the-art equipment and an experienced team now enable Corbion to offer customers more collaborative NPD services, faster development times, and exhaustive testing and trialing under conditions that mimic specific manufacturing environments.

With a range of production and analytical equipment in a purpose-built, 3500-square-meter facility, Corbion can now innovate faster, manufacture flexibly for rapid sample provision or testing, and dramatically boost its efficiency and responsiveness to customers.

One task of the new research center is to develop biochemical solutions that improve the sustainability and performance of industrial products such as coatings and adhesives, chemicals, home and personal care, pharmaceuticals, and animal nutrition. Customers will benefit from pilot-plant and scale-up facilities and extensive analytical equipment. Developments in the area of adhesives include PURALACT® B3, which can be incorporated into polymers to produce safe, high-performance, fully compostable, hot melt adhesives for cases and cartons.

Commenting on the opening, Boudewijn van Nuland, VP Marketing at Corbion, said, “This new R&D applications laboratory is a prime example of Corbion’s ongoing commitment to and investment in the development of world-leading solutions and services. With over 80 years in biobased products, this exciting news shows we remain at the forefront of the industry. The laboratory’s state-of-the-art equipment and extensive tasting and microbiology capabilities position us to deliver an even higher level of customer-driven innovation and value over the coming years.”