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INVISTA's Applied Research Center (ARC)

Jan 13, 2015

INVISTA’s Specialty Materials business expanded its footprint by 20 percent at the company’s 60,000-square-foot Applied Research Centre in Newark, Del. The expansion provides the necessary space and resources to allow the INVISTA team to better collaborate with customers, develop new products and end-use applications, and further improve existing product offerings. 

“Global demand for high value products in customer applications continues to drive our business forward,” said Bob Francois, president, INVISTA Specialty Materials. “Expanding our facilities at the Applied Research Centre will allow INVISTA to continue innovating and improving its proprietary technology platforms, as well as create real long-term value for our customers.”

INVISTA's Applied Research Centre (ARC)

INVISTA’s Specialty Materials business was built by identifying applications and developing chemistries using co-products from nylon and polyester chains as raw material. The new area of the research center will focus on three key business segments:

  • DYTEK® specialty intermediates: Added space will allow additional equipment necessary to develop new formulations. Among countless other applications, DYTEK® amines provide the hardening elements for use in composite materials such as wind turbine blades, high durability coatings and epoxies.
  • FLEXISOLV® solvent solutions: Expanded footprint will provide increased lab space to assist customers with application development and to promote innovation—such as adhesive and resin removers for applications including electronics and LCD displays.
  • C12™ high-performance intermediates: Newly dedicated space will help with the advancement of supplying a full range of long chain molecules, which offer unique properties to numerous customer applications in automotive, medical, fragrances and construction.
  • “We are very excited about what this means for our customers,” said Francois. “The new lab facilities will enhance INVISTA’s innovation capability to develop new specialty materials and production processes to meet the needs of our global customer base.”

INVISTA’s Applied Research Centre offers integrated research and development support for INVISTA’s Apparel, Intermediates and Performance Surfaces & Materials businesses. Dedicated in 2006, the 60,000-square-foot facility houses advanced textile technology, state-of-the-art chemistry labs and research capabilities.


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