Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials, opened its expanded $5 million research and technology center for DSM Engineering Plastics today in the Detroit suburb of Troy, Michigan.
According to company officials, the opening of the Troy Research & Technology Center strengthens DSM Engineering Plastics' product development and application development capabilities in North America, and will enable it to collaborate more closely and efficiently with its customers.
DSM is dedicating part of the lab to application testing in partnership with its customers. It also will develop novel test set-ups to drive a better understanding of the performance of DSM materials under field conditions.
DSM already anticipates expanding the Tech Center in 2017. The lab has additional floor space available to allow for increasing capacity of its current testing activities, and for introducing further capabilities, including flammability testing and secondary operations such as plastic welding. DSM also plans to add more advanced material-characterization techniques to the facility to support product development, along with more application-specific testing.
"The capabilities now available to our customers in this new facility enable us to further reduce the time to market for DSM innovations," said Jud Gibson, Vice President, Commercial Americas. "This Tech Center enables our employees to improve collaboration, allowing for faster and more efficient ways to address our customers' challenges."
The opening of this facility gives DSM a global research and technology footprint. It has R&T centers in the key areas of Europe,China, Japan, India and now North America.
"The launch of this new research center is in line with DSM's strategy to support and grow its business, not only with customers in the U.S., but globally," said Rein Borggreve, Vice President - Research & Technology for DSM Engineering Plastics. "Many of our accounts run global businesses, so we can serve our customers worldwide, with a local footprint."