Altana build new research laboratory in Germany; invest €10 mn

Altana to build new research lab in Germany; invest €10 mn

7:00 AM, 19th August 2016
Altana to build new research laboratory in Germany; invest €10 mn
Design of the new laboratory building of Actega. Encompassing a space of 5,700 square meters, it will be twice as large as the site’s two current labs combined. Research and development, quality control and service will be united here under one roof.

GREVENBROICH, GERMANY: Actega Rhenania GmbH, a division of Altana AG said that it has invested around €10 million to build a new coatings and adhesives research laboratory in Grevenbroich, Germany.

Encompassing a space of 5,700 square meters, the new laboratory building of Actega will be twice as large as the site’s two current labs combined. Research and development, quality control and service will be united here under one roof.

This results in products that almost everyone comes into contact with. Among Actega’s most well-known products are inner coatings for yoghurt lids. The aluminium foil used for this purpose is coated with a food-friendly coating that keeps the contents fresh and protects the lid from corrosion.

The laboratory building was planned by architects and engineers of Vollack GmbH & Co KG, which specialises in the conceptual design, planning, and completion of office and industrial buildings. One requirement the planners have to meet is to integrate a customer technology centre into the new building. It will contain various production facilities in miniature format, enabling Actega to understand the production processes and specific requirements of customers better than purely under laboratory conditions.

So far, the different facilities have been spread around the site. With the planned customer technology centre, the company will be able to test new trends for packaging, such as coffee capsules and aluminium trays, at a central location.

The move into the new building is slated for mid-2017. Subsequently, the old laboratory buildings will be dismantled.

“So far, these laboratories have been housed in separate buildings. By bringing together these departments in one building we are optimising our processes and thus can support our customers even more efficiently with new developments,” said Dr Thomas Sawitowski, the managing director of Actega Rhenania.

“One of our most important competitive advantages is that we develop innovative packaging solutions in close cooperation with our customers. With the new representative customer technology centre, we will now meet this demand spatially as well. Not only Actega but also other companies in the Actega division will make use of it in the future,” added Dr Sawitowski.

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