BASF opens re­gional de­vel­op­ment lab­o­ra­tory at Dubai Science Park

The Gulf Today - Business - - UAE -

DUBAI: BASF’S Con­struc­tion Chem­i­cals di­vi­sion on Mon­day launched a new re­gional com­pe­tence cen­tre, a de­vel­op­ment lab­o­ra­tory, at Dubai Science Park, a holis­tic science-fo­cused busi­ness com­mu­nity in Dubai.

This Lab­o­ra­tory open­ing is fully in line with BASF Con­struc­tion Chem­i­cals’ drive to ex­pand its global R&D in­fra­struc­ture for the con­struc­tion in­dus­try and to re­in­force the com­mit­ment to its re­gional cus­tomers. Seek­ing to en­sure that its prod­ucts are tai­lored to the chal­leng­ing cli­matic con­di­tions and the unique con­struc­tion and in­fra­struc­ture needs of the re­gion, BASF’S main R&D fo­cus with its new de­vel­op­ment lab­o­ra­tory will be on tech­nolo­gies to im­prove the per­for­mance of con­crete and con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als.

The new fa­cil­ity will be one of only eight re­gional de­vel­op­ment lab­o­ra­to­ries, three of which are lo­cated in Europe, two in North Amer­ica and two more in the Asia Paciic re­gion. The fa­cil­ity com­prises a re­ac­tive resin lab­o­ra­tory, a pow­der lab­o­ra­tory, an an­a­lyt­i­cal lab­o­ra­tory and ofice spa­ces, fea­tur­ing state-of-the-art equip­ment that can char­ac­terise raw ma­te­ri­als and de­ter­mine the phys­i­cal prop­er­ties of di­verse con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als.

The core com­pe­ten­cies of the lab­o­ra­tory (ce­men­ti­tious bin­der sys­tems, polyurethane/polyurea chem­istry, epoxy resins and hard­en­ers as well as wa­ter- based emul­sion chem­istry) are cov­er­ing all key tech­nolo­gies of mod­ern con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als such as re­pair mor­tars, tile ix­ing prod­ucts, pro­tec­tive coat­ings, sealants, wa­ter­proo­ing mem­branes, car park coat­ings and dec­o­ra­tive loor­ing ma­te­rial.

With a cur­rently on­go­ing ex­pan­sion of the ex­ist­ing con­crete ad­mix­ture lab­o­ra­tory, the new com­pe­tence cen­tre is ex­pected to serve not just the lo­cal mar­ket, but the wider Mid­dle East, West Asia, CIS and African re­gion.

Dr Michael Sch­midt, Head of De­vel­op­ment, Con­struc­tion Chem­i­cals Di­vi­sion ORA: Mid­dle East, West Asia, CIS and Africa, said, “The in­au­gu­ra­tion marks a sig­ni­icant mile­stone for us. This re­gion is now part of an in­cred­i­ble global R&D net­work within BASF Con­struc­tion Chem­i­cals. The new op­er­a­tion in Dubai will en­able us to de­velop and test in­no­va­tive prod­ucts and so­lu­tions speci­ically for this re­gion much faster than be­fore. As R&D is now closer to our re­gional cus­tomers we also will be able to cap­ture their needs at a very early stage and feed them back into our R&D pipe­line.”

Sch­midt: “Our new tech­nolo­gies will of­fer beneits across the com­plete life­cy­cle of build­ings and all other types of con­struc­tion, in­clud­ing im­proved health and safety stan­dards, higher en­ergy efi­ciency, faster progress and lower over­all costs. Dubai Science Park has pro­vided us with spe­cial­ized fa­cil­i­ties, as well as prox­im­ity to our sup­pli­ers and part­ners.”

Dr Chris­tian Geier­haas, Vice Pres­i­dent, Con­struc­tion Chem­i­cals Mid­dle East, West Asia, CIS & Africa, said: “BASF Group re­cently an­nounced to eval­u­ate strate­gic op­tions for its Con­struc­tion Chem­i­cals di­vi­sion, with the goal to form a global leader of the in­dus­try. This in­vest­ment in lo­cal R&D ca­pac­ity is an­other step to re­in­force BASF’S con­tin­ued full com­mit­ment to both its cus­tomers in the Mid­dle East and to the con­struc­tion in­dus­try. We are a lead­ing player in the re­gion and our new state of the art re­search cen­tre fur­ther ce­ments this, to­gether with other on­go­ing in­vest­ments into our lo­cal pro­duc­tion foot­print in the GCC”.

For his part, Mar­wan Ab­du­laziz Janahi, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Dubai Science Park and Chair­ing Mem­ber of the Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals and Med­i­cal Equip­ment Task­force of the Dubai In­dus­trial Strat­egy 2030, said, “We are de­lighted to wel­come BASF Con­struc­tion Chem­i­cals to our vi­brant com­mu­nity of more than 350 com­pa­nies and over 3,600 in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als. BASF Con­struc­tion Chem­i­cals en­joys an ex­cel­lent rep­u­ta­tion as a mar­ket leader, of­fer­ing durable and en­ergy eficient con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als cus­tom­ized to the needs of the re­gional con­struc­tion sec­tor.”

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