GREVENBROICH, Germany – ACTEGA Rhenania GmbH is building a new laboratory facility in Grevenbroich, Germany. The coatings and adhesives specialist, which belongs to the specialty chemicals group ALTANA, is investing around €10 million in the new building.

Encompassing a space of 5,700 square meters, the new laboratory building of ACTEGA Rhenania will be twice as large as the site’s two current labs combined. Research and development, quality control, and service will be united here under roof. “So far, these laboratories have been housed in separate buildings,” said Dr. Thomas Sawitowski, Managing Director of ACTEGA Rhenania. “By bringing together these departments in one building, we are optimizing our processes and thus can support our customers even more efficiently with new developments.”

Architects and engineers of Vollack GmbH & Co. KG, which specializes in the conceptual design, planning, and completion of office and industrial buildings, planned the laboratory building. One requirement of the new facility is to integrate a customer technology center into the new space. It will contain various production facilities in miniature format, enabling ACTEGA to understand the production processes and specific requirements of customers better than purely under laboratory conditions.

With the planned customer technology center, the company will be able to test new trends for packaging, such as coffee capsules and aluminum trays, at a central location. “One of our most important competitive advantages is that we develop innovative packaging solutions in close cooperation with our customers,” said Sawitowski. “With the new representative customer technology center, we will now meet this demand spatially as well.” Not only ACTEGA Rhenania but also other companies in the ACTEGA division will make use of the new facility in the future.

The move to the new building is slated for mid-2017.