DÜSSELDORF, Germany — Asahi Kasei Europe has opened a new Foam Lab at its R&D Center in Düsseldorf, Germany. Localizing the technical support and grade development in Europe is the company’s next step of business expansion of its SunForce™ family of high-performance particle foams.

The new Foam Lab was installed in December 2021 and is scheduled to start operation in spring 2022. The centerpiece of the new lab is the beads foaming facility, which will be used to locally produce test samples of the engineering plastics-based particle beads foam SunForce for European customers. This high-performance foam family is made of modified polyphenylene ether (mPPE) and polyamide (PA) and is a key element of Asahi Kasei’s business expansion in Europe.

Yoshito Kuroda, General Manager R&D at Asahi Kasei Europe, said, “The Foam Lab is the next milestone for us to realize a faster local support and will allow us to more flexibly react to our European customers’ needs.”

Located in the center of Europe, the Foam Lab will also focus on the development of SunForce grades with an improved recyclability. “The close proximity to the European market and the strong collaboration with our partners will help to develop new recyclable grades which perfectly fit the increasing demands of our customers in regard to maintaining the material performance while at the same time drastically improving its carbon footprint and recyclability”, said Takashi Onoe, Manager R&D of SunForce at Asahi Kasei Europe.

The Foam Lab is located at Asahi Kasei Europe’s R&D Center in Düsseldorf Harbor, Germany. In addition to the new facility for SunForce, the R&D Center provides grade development and technical customer support in the field of engineering plastics, synthetic rubber, as well as for battery and coating materials.

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