Synthomer has recently launched its Asia Innovation Centre (AIC) at iPark near Senai Airport, Johor Bahru despite the pandemic. The 6,000+ sq m flagship facility that is now fully operational and ready to offer research and development services for Performance Elastomers and Functional Solutions business units, which cover a wide range of industries including healthcare and protection, foam, carpet, paper, automotive, coating, construction, adhesive and textile.
Synthomer has invested RM35 million in a state-of-the-art AIC at the iPark, close to Johor Bahru, with sufficient expansion capacity to meet the future anticipated needs of the business, said Gan Boon Teck, Vice President & General Manager of Performance Elastomers Division in Asia at Synthomer . “ This flagship facility will provide leadership in novel nitrile innovation and will ensure Synthomer continues to stay at the forefront of Nitrile Latex product development and applications know-how. It will also create the right environment to attract and retain the best talent in the industry,” he commented, adding that the AIC is the first phase of the ongoing innovation investment of the company in Asia.
Dr Zhenli Wei, Vice President of Innovation for Performance Elastomers Division at Synthomer , said, “Clearly a major focus is on our NBR business, and in addition to expanding our pilot DIDO lab reactor capacity, we are also investing in a new robotic dipping arm to more effectively mimic our customers’ processes and accurately predict the behaviour of our polymers. We are working on a range of new product innovations and our team of chemists is tremendously excited about that and working in the new laboratory environment.”