ANTWERP, Belgium - Specialty chemicals distributor Azelis, Antwerp, Belgium,has opened a new coatings applications laboratory in Sankt Augustin, Germany. The new facility will enhance technical support and will offer Azelis Coatings’ customers and principals access to a key center of excellence.

Azelis represents many global coatings manufacturers, and the team of experts in the new laboratory will help companies incorporate their raw materials into guideline formulations that reflect the industry’s latest trends and processing techniques. Additionally, work with customers and principals on specific confidential projects will enhance sales support and technical advice for Azelis Coatings’ partners.

Guideline formulations will center around water-based systems such as façade and interior wall paints, wood lacquers, and pigmented primers. Testing services will include: the measurement of particle fineness, foaming and de-foaming properties, adhesion, washability resistance, gloss reflection and surface properties by microscopic analysis, and the characterization of raw materials and formulated compounds.