Merck opens new application laboratory in Shanghai, China

Merck opens new application laboratory in Shanghai, China

11:10 AM, 21st July 2017
Merck opens new application laboratory in Shanghai, China
(L-R) Tom Song, head of pigments & functional materials, Merck China; Joern Beissert, deputy consul general of the Federal Republic of Germany in Shanghai; Ma Shuyan, vice director of Jinqiao Export Processing Zone and Friedhelm Felten, pouring Merck pigments into the four letters of TANC.

DARMSTADT, GERMANY: Merck KGaA has opened its new application laboratory for the performance materials business sector in Shanghai, China. The expanded Technology Application Network China (TANC) underscores the company’s leading position in pigments and functional materials.

It marks the continuation of a 20-year commitment of supplying materials and application technology services to China and Southeast Asia for products that make people’s lives better and more beautiful.

The new, expanded application laboratory at the Jinqiao site in Shanghai’s Pudong district is the first application laboratory in China that Merck launched to deliver comprehensive, customised services for its quality products and to seek and foster creative collaboration with customers for new applications and formulations.

The TANC initially focused on print applications, with three expansions over the years leading to additional application fields – ranging from plastics, coating, and cosmetic applications, to dispersion paints and powder coating technologies, to quality control and cosmetic testing. China is one of the fastest-growing markets for Merck’s pigments and cosmetics businesses. Many of China’s most popular and best-known brand manufacturers rely on pigments and functional materials from Merck and tap into the TANC when developing new products.

Growing customer demand for advisory services and collaboration

The underlying TAN (Technology Application Network) is a global unit with more than 100 employees in central competence centres who provide the market regions with technical consultation and access to application technology laboratories. Within a split of a second, information can be transmitted from one site to another via a global network, allowing the sites to benefit from each other.

Thanks to the expansion of the TANC in Shanghai, Merck can meet the growing number of customer requests for close collaboration and technical consultation on the entire product portfolio of pigments and functional materials and especially on how to integrate these products with new technologies. This includes the use of pigments in high-temperature ceramics, RGB printing, and waterborne coatings or the application of polysilazanes. In addition, more and more customers are expressing a wish for local training. It thus made sense to establish a customer experience centre for workshops in a creative environment and with good connections to a lab.

The TANC’s core tasks are to evaluate R&D materials according to customer specification, develop demo tools and steer their production, scientifically support products with lectures and publications, provide training for employees and customers, and perform supportive work for quality control and production.

“The new TANC boosts our capabilities for supporting China and the surrounding region. We’re pleased that we can now offer our Chinese customers, even more, capacities to make their customers’ colour dreams come true – from automotive coatings to printing, architecture, and cosmetics. Furthermore, we’re expanding their possibilities by providing technical services for functional materials, such as for laser marking or security applications,” said Friedhelm Felten, executive vice president and head of pigments & functional materials, Merck.

This reflects Merck’s customer-centric approach of not only developing high-quality raw materials for innovative products in line with market requirements and making them available to its partners but also delivering the related innovative technologies and applications.

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