CHANGSHU, China – Coatex and Arkema Emulsion Systems have announced the opening of a new Asia-Pacific coatings application laboratory in Changshu, China, to provide technical support to their coatings customers in the region.

Arkema Emulsion Systems focuses on latex binders, while Coatex is entirely dedicated to water-based rheology additives. Products offered by the two businesses include EnVia® certified latex products from Arkema Emulsion Systems, as well as RHEOTECH™ and COAPUR™ thickeners and ECODIS™ dispersing agents from Coatex.

On the same Changshu site, a water-based rheology modifier plant will be operational in the coming months, followed in 2012 by latex production lines for Arkema Emulsion Systems products.