Univar launches innovative European coatings laboratory
13 December 2010
Brussels, Belgium – 13 December 2010 – Univar, a leading global chemical distributor, announced today the launch of an innovative European coatings laboratory. The new laboratory has been established by upgrading and extending the services, scope and reach of the existing UK facility in Middlesbrough.
In the new laboratory, Univar’s specialist technicians will create product concept samples for customers throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with ingredients from its extensive coatings product portfolio. Technicians will also evaluate raw materials, test specific coating-related problems and enable customers to see products in their finished state ahead of full production. These services will significantly cut testing and product development time for customers and enable them to develop the optimal product mix, saving time and money.
“The launch of the new European coatings laboratory enables Univar to differentiate itself from other distributors and provide an increasingly important and tailored service,” said Sergio de Sola, Sales and Marketing Manager for Univar’s Coatings business in EMEA. “The fact that all major testing can be done within this single facility means Univar is not only a key source for coatings products, but also an expert in customised coatings formulations, thus providing the upmost value and quality to all our customers.”
The laboratory will provide services for many coatings market segments, including decorative, general industrial, wood and protective coatings as well as construction chemicals, liquid inks and overprint varnishes.
Increasing the proportion of ‘greener’ and natural products in Univar’s portfolio is a key pillar of its pioneering U+stainability program. The coatings laboratory provides the facilities for Univar’s technicians to formulate products with lower health, safety and environment impacts while also helping customers with sustainable formulations of their own products. One such Univar product is water-based solvents - as opposed to petrol-based solvents. Univar has investigated acrylic, alkyd emulsion and silicon resin technologies for the development of a wood stain that not only provides good colour stability but also offers a good water beading effect and water vapour permeability.
Univar’s strong sales and marketing teams complement chemical producers and create value for customers. The company provides technical expertise in application development, excellence in logistics support, and outstanding customer service to help its partners grow their business.
Univar will have a presence at the European Coatings Show 2011 in Nuremberg, Germany (stand number 9-113), one of Europe’s most important coatings events, to ensure customers can experience these formulations first hand.