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Altana’s Actega division invests in its research site in Grevenbroich

Monday, 22 August 2016

Coatings and adhesives specialist Actega Rhenania GmbH is erecting a new laboratory building in Grevenbroich. The company, which belongs to the Altana Group, is investing around EUR10 million in the new building.

The new laboratory building in Grevenbroich. Source: Altana AG

The new laboratory building in Grevenbroich. Source: Altana AG

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

Twice as large

Encompassing a space of 5,700 square meters, the new laboratory building of Actega Rhenania 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. "So far, these laboratories have been housed in separate buildings,” says Dr. Thomas Sawitowski, the managing director of Actega Rhenania. "By bringing together these departments in one building we are optimizing our processes and thus can support our customers even more efficiently with new developments.”

Inner coatings for yogurt lids

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

Planners will integrate a customer technology center

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 center 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.

Testing new trends for packaging

So far, the different facilities have been spread around the site. With the planned customer technology center, the company will be able to test new trends for packaging, such as coffee capsules and aluminum trays, at a central location. "One of our most important competitive advantages is that we develop innovative packaging solutions in close cooperation with our customers,” says Dr. Sawitowski. "With the new representative customer technology center we will now meet this demand spatially as well.” Not only Actega Rhenania but also other companies in the Actega division will make use of it in the future.

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