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IGM Resins moves Italy division into new laboratory and offices

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

IGM Resins has moved its offices, laboratory and technical team in Italy to 600 square meters of new space in the Gerenzano Insubrias Biopark near Milan.

The Gerenzano Insubrias Biopark near Milan. Source: IGM Resins

The Gerenzano Insubrias Biopark near Milan. Source: IGM Resins

IGM acquired the Photoinitiator business of Lamberti on 30 June 2015. The new laboratory offers full capabilities for new product development and scale-up, research and application evaluation, product customization and customer consultations and is complementary to the company’s application and development capabilities in Evry (France), Charlotte (US), Beijing and Haimen (China).

Tailoring products

Services include assisting customers in selecting the optimum photoinitiator package for their formulations from IGM’s broad portfolio, as well as tailoring products for specific applications. One area of the lab is exclusively dedicated to food packaging and PI migration analysis, equipped with UHPLC and mass spectroscopy. Graphic arts applications also have dedicated equipment, including an inkjet printer and state of the art LED curing capabilities.

Key R&D capabilities include synthesis of new molecules and scale-up from pot to pilot plant and from pilot to commercial production scale. The manufacturing unit and pilot plant are nearby.

Comparing photoinitiator properties

Research and application lab facilities allow development and comparison of photoinitiator properties, evaluation of PI curing speed by traditional and instrumental methods, and evaluation of inks and coatings in terms of properties, curing and abrasion resistance. Testing may be performed using mercury or LED lamps in air or nitrogen atmosphere.

"These new lab facilities offer additional resources for developing new generation materials including Photoinitiators for LED and for low-migration applications - two very high-growth markets for the UV ink and coatings industry,” said Edward Frindt, CEO of IGM Resins. "They also enhance our tradition of working closely with our customers to help them improve their products.”

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