Evonik opens coatings laboratory in Turkey

16 February 2017

Evonik opened a new Coating Additives laboratory at its Tuzla, Istanbul site on January 31. The state-of-the-art laboratory will support customers with the development of innovative surface coatings in Turkey and throughout the Middle East. The application technology laboratory features equipment for processing customer requests for a wide range of coatings and printing ink applications. This allows the lab staff to effectively formulate, apply and test coatings and printing inks in water-based, solvent-based or radiation-curing formats. The modern laboratory equipment also includes a spray booth and a climatic chamber.

"The new laboratory strengthens our presence in the region”, emphasised Gaetano Blanda, Head of the Coating Additives business line. "It enhances our market proximity and enables us to provide our customers with technical service and product solutions for the development of new formulations even faster.” From its Tuzla site, Evonik Ticaret Ltd. manages the distribution for the Turkish domestic market and exports to adjacent growth markets with a staff of 50.

Evonik Ticaret will celebrate its 30th anniversary in Turkey in August 2017. The opening of the new laboratory is just another milestone of the Evonik growth strategy for Turkey.

Evonik’s most important products in Turkey include monomers, amino acids, cyanides, silicas and superabsorbents. The Group also holds 51% of shares in Egesil Kimya Sanayi & Ticaret, a JV based in Adapazari, near Istanbul, for the production of silica.

Evonik recently completed the acquisition of the Performance Materials Division of Air Products, for US$3.8bn (approx €3.5bn) making the Group a leading provider of additives for the coatings industry.

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