BASF (Ludwigshafen, Germany) has opened a new research lab for thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) in Wyandotte, MI. A multidisciplinary team of product developers, chemists, and material scientists will work there to discover new products for the American automotive, construction, and sports and leisure industries.
"Closeness to our American customers and fast and direct contact are key criteria in enabling us to tap into new ideas and emerging market trends and produce sustainable innovations," said Christian Fischer, president of the Advanced Materials & Systems Research division at BASF. "The new lab in Wyandotte is the latest strategic step toward an ever more global overall approach to research." Fischer added that it was also an excellent basis for expansion of the existing scientific network with universities and other research facilities in North America....