According to the company, the new laboratory will contain the highest quality processes and safety features and have capabilities up to and including 50-liter glass lined vessels. The centrally located facility will yield enhanced customer collaboration through all stages of research and development for Albemarle's European customer base. "A critical focus for Albemarle's FCS team is to support the efficient development of complex multi-step synthesis' for our customers," said Steve LeVan, Division Vice President - Fine Chemistry Services. "Our new lab gives our European customers a convenient way to increase collaboration and consultation with Albemarle scientists, ultimately accelerating the process from idea stage to commercialisation." Albemarle's FCS division is a global provider of products, custom manufacturing and process scale-up services to a wide variety of markets including pharmaceuticals, crop protection and specialty chemicals. The new kilo lab will strategically support FCS's multiple existing cGMP and custom manufacturing facilities. Albemarle, headquartered in Baton Rouge, LA, USA, is a global developer, manufacturer, and marketer of speciality chemicals for consumer electronics, petroleum refining, utilities, packaging, construction, automotive/transportation, pharmaceuticals, crop protection, food-safety and custom chemistry services. The company employs approximately 4,000 people and serves customers in approximately 100 countries.