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DSM opens research and technology centre in Michigan


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September 25, 2016 by Canadian Plastics

Netherlands-based materials science company Royal DSM has opened a new US$5 million research and technology centre in Troy, Mich., designed to strengthen DSM Engineering Plastics’ product development and application development capabilities in North America.

Material characterization resources and other technologies at the facility include mechanical testing capabilities; analytical tools, including microscopy; material aging and chemical resistance testing; physical material testing, including rheology and thermal analysis; and 3D printing capability to enable rapid prototyping.

A section of the lab will be dedicated to application testing in partnership with customers and will include test set-ups to achieve a better understanding of the performance of DSM materials under field conditions.

“The launch of this new research centre is in line with DSM’s strategy to support and grow its business, not only with customers in the U.S., but globally,” said Rein Borggreve, vice president, research and technology for DSM Engineering Plastics. “Many of our accounts run global businesses, so we can serve our customers worldwide, with a local footprint.”

DSM already anticipates expanding the technology centre next year. The company operates other research and technology centres in Europe, China, Japan, and India.