Brenntag Opens Innovation Center in Germany


Chemical and ingredients distributor Brenntag Specialties announced last week that it has opened a new Innovation Center at its site in Duisburg, Germany. The company reports that it is its first application center for the coatings, adhesives and construction industries in Germany and the seventh in its EMEA region.

The new facility will be used jointly by Brenntag and its group company, BCD Chemie. According to the company, customers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland will be able to benefit from formulation of new products and evaluation of new materials.

“Our technical experts know about the changing customer demands in today’s market and can offer individual solutions and promote new ideas that meet these demands,” commented Christian Frimann, President Material Science EMEA at Brenntag Specialties. “Strengthening our Innovation Center network brings us closer to our customers and shows our commitment to adding value to the raw materials we can supply.”

“Our Innovation Center will support our customers in their business with sustainability solutions in a changing world. The combination of our comprehensive supplier portfolio with a state-of-the-art Innovation Center enables us to further enhance our customer satisfaction. We help sustainable use of raw materials and improve product performance in various areas,” added Mike Dudjan, Managing Director BCD Chemie.

According to the release, the Innovation Center offers technical services such as:

  • Performance testing of raw materials, finished paints, construction chemicals and adhesives;
  • Physical testing to industry and customer specific standards;
  • Comparative testing of different materials in formulations; and
  • Formulation advice to customers to create tailor-made solutions.

Recent Brenntag News

Last month, global chemical company BASF issued a press release announcing that Brenntag Specialties would be its exclusive distributor for the company’s Baxxodur portfolio in the United States and Canada.

Since July 2019, Brenntag has been the exclusive distributor for Baxxodur products in the Western and Eastern United States. The portfolio is reported to include polyetheramines and isophorone diamine, which customers use as curing agents and chain extenders in epoxy and polyurea applications for the wind, electrical, composites, adhesives and flooring industries.

According to BASF, with Baxxodur’s agreement to expand its international distribution, customers will be able to achieve a wide range of benefits in their formulation, including curing time, hardness, flexibility, peel strength, chemical and temperature resistance. BASF offers the broadest portfolio of amine-based curing agents for these industries.

The expanded collaboration is slated to go into effect on May 1.


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