US chemical manufacturer Huntsman has inaugurated a new innovation centre in Tienen, Belgium.

The new facility is aimed at helping Huntsman to reinforce its research and development (R&D) capabilities in the region, supporting “the application of Huntsman technologies in key markets, including adhesives, coatings and sealants; automotive; elastomers; energy; furniture and bedding and insulation.”

It will provide a workspace for over 100 scientists from the company’s polyurethanes and performance products businesses. Covering an area of 11,000sqm, it incorporates an analytical laboratory, two machine halls and automated product testing facilities.

Peter Huntsman, company chairman and chief executive officer, said: “Today marks a significant milestone as we officially open the doors to our new European innovation centre, a facility dedicated to creativity, collaboration and progress. We already have a rich legacy of innovation in Belgium. This centre reflects our continuing commitment to exploring new ideas and turning imaginative concepts into practical solutions that can make a positive impact in the world.”

Tony Hankins, president of Huntsman’s polyurethanes business, added: “Fitted with the very latest equipment and staffed by some of the best scientists in the world, our Tienen site is a place where innovation can thrive, and where we can find new meaningful ways for our chemistries to address the sustainability challenges of tomorrow.”

Headquartered in the US state of Texas, Huntsman operates manufacturing, R&D and operations facilities in approximately 25 countries and has around 6,000 employees globally.

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