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Coatings Firm Expands R&D Facility in KC

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

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Protective coatings and linings firm Tnemec Company Inc. announced that its new research and development facility has opened in Kansas City, Missouri.

The opening, which is an expansion of Tnemec’s current manufacturing plant, doubles the size of its R&D laboratory and office space. Testing and ventilation equipment have been upgraded.

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Tnemec's new facility doubles the size of its R&D laboratory and office space. Testing and ventilation equipment have been upgraded.

Tnemec says its new chemical immersion room allows for more expansive performance testing, such as in-house autoclave experimentation and severe wastewater analysis. The firm says updated fume hoods were installed in correlation with tougher testing protocols.

“Tnemec Company has always been dedicated to researching and developing innovative technologies to protect our customers in corrosive environments,” notes Remi Briand, Vice President of R&D for Tnemec. “This expansion and renovation represents the next phase of this commitment.”

Series of Upgrades

The company lists other improvements, including a controlled spray booth for panel preparation; new contact angle devices for nanochemistry; a chamber that can handle temperatures ranging from minus-94 degrees Fahrenheit to 356 degrees Fahrenheit; and a state-of-the-art ventilation system that ensures safety for personnel. The firm adds that Tnemec coatings systems were applied to walls and floors to ensure employee safety.

“The scope of this project also included updating our shipping and traffic offices and renovating the building’s break room,” Briand adds. “This expansion improves our capabilities and the working conditions for our current employees, while also adding additional room for added personnel in the future.”

Briand says the expansion follows several company changes, such as the hiring of Chase Bean as Tnemec President, various product introductions and an effort to increase the domestic sales force.

Tnemec, which also has a manufacturing facility in Baltimore, manufactures more than 120 architectural and industrial coatings products. The company makes coatings for water and wastewater facilities and tanks; manufacturing and processing plants; bridges; oil and gas facilities; and other markets.


Tagged categories: Coating Materials; Coatings; Coatings Technology; North America; Research and development; Tnemec

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