allnex has announced the opening of a new R&D center in Werndorf, Austria. This project is part of allnex’s strategic plan to develop sustainable, environmentally friendly resins and respond to the challenges of evolving trends. The multi-million-euro investment into the R&D center includes an investment into the modernization and expansion of production facilities for the manufacture of next generation waterborne products.

"R&D is of strategic importance to allnex, and the establishment of product development in proximity to production will enable us to translate innovations into products even faster,” said Goetz Pelikan, managing director of allnex Austria GmbH.

According to the company, the main focus of the new R&D center will be the development of new low-VOC, waterborne, and VOC-compliant resins and additives for the global coatings markets. allnex is also investing in digitalization, as the latest automated, high-throughput synthesis and application equipment has been installed. allnex hopes the equipment will increase the overall effectiveness of the laboratory and increase speed to market of new, sustainable solutions.

"Delivering industry-targeted, sustainable solutions that advance our customer’s portfolios and meet future needs to improve the planet and our customers’ business is our clear objective. This highly sophisticated research center, coupled with waterborne factory upgrades, will reduce our time to market with sustainable, differentiated products, and it supports us to maintain our leadership position,” said Miguel Mantas, allnex CEO.

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