Bayer MaterialScience, a leading manufacturer of high-tech polymer materials, has chosen DuBiotech in Dubai, as the location for its new coatings, adhesives and specialties laboratory.
The company announced earlier this week that this location, which is a major life science cluster in the Middle East, will provide customized technical support in both the Middle East and Africa.
“We must adjust our resources accordingly to the market needs,” said Daniel Meyer, head of the Coatings, Adhesives, Specialties Business Unit of Bayer MaterialScience. “We are therefore making targeted investments in the individual regions in order to maintain or further expand our leading market position.”
The lab will focus on key application areas including construction, automotive, industrial, plastic, wood and furniture coatings. It will also lead to the development of polyurethane coatings for diverse high performance applications including sealants for construction joints as well as airport tarmacs and solvent free coatings for pipe applications.
Also the laboratory will provide tailor-made solutions to the manufacturers of adhesives and sealants for the transportation, construction, furniture, packaging and shoe industries.
"In keeping with our mission statement, ´Bayer: Science For A Better Life´, our company develops innovative and sustainable solutions as answers to global challenges,” said Bayer Middle East managing director Harald Liedtke. “One example is combating climate change and CO2 emissions which results in rising demand for high-tech raw materials for eco-friendly construction.”
The lab will work with its other laboratories and technical centers in India, China, Japan, Russia, Brazil, U.S. Spain and Germany.
“We are delighted to welcome Bayer as a new partner at the DuBiotech freezone,” said Marwan Abdulaziz Janahi, executive director of DuBiotech, said. “ Recently Frost & Sullivan found that the coatings market in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council is expected to grow by six annually over the next five years. With this newly established laboratory, Bayer is well placed to make the most of this opportunity.”