US Cray Valley relocates resins research centre in Pennsylvania

15 October 2012 20:18  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON(ICIS)--US-headquartered Cray Valley Hydrocarbon Speciality Chemicals has relocated its research and development centre in Exton, Pennsylvania, a company executive said on Monday.

Cray Valley will use the new laboratory, which is twice the size of its old facility, to continue developing tackifiers and functional additives for the adhesives, rubber and thermoplastic industries, said Steve Henning, global research director.

“It will allow us to run the service to our customers and allow us to bring new equipment and capabilities and better support our growth strategy,” he said.

As a part of Total’s Refining and Chemicals, Cray Valley’s hydrocarbon resin business and Sartomer’s photocure resins business had shared a building in Eaton.

When Total sold Sartomer to French specialty chemicals company Arkema in 2011, Cray Valley relocated its headquarters nearby, but the laboratory took longer to move.

“Cray Valley was pleased to find the old Johnson & Johnson space close to its offices,” Henning said. “The new space was renovated, and the laboratory is now a top-notch facility for research and development.”

Henning said laboratory staff did not increase with the move.

Cray Valley still has laboratory space within Arkema’s research facility in France, as well as a synthesis laboratory at its plant in the Czech Republic.

By: Tracy Dang
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