EMD Performance Materials opens new Surface Solutions lab

By Deanna Utroske

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EMD Performance Materials opens new Surface Solutions lab
This summer, the materials, pigments, and specialty chemicals maker announced opening new laboratories in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, complete with cosmetics development and testing capabilities.

“This substantial investment further solidifies our unyielding commitment to our customers and the segments we serve,”​ Luiz Vieira, president and managing director of EMD Performance Materials, tells the press.

“Our new application labs in Philadelphia will,”​ he says, “enable even closer collaboration with our customers and provide the ideal environment to further develop tailor-made solutions to achieve our customers’ desired outcome.”

Cosmetic applications

EMD Performance Materials serves a number of global industries, including consumer electronics, semiconductors, lighting, coatings, printing technology, plastics, foods, and cosmetics.

The new laboratories, open in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard (an urban development region on the city’s waterfront) “are equipped to develop trendsetting and impactful formulations, creating outstanding looks and intensive care for lips, eyes, face, nails, and hair,” ​according to a company press release.

Additionally the labs have claims testing technologies in place: “Testing capabilities, such as in vitro Sunscreen Protection Factor (SPF) testing according to FDA and ISO methods, help customers accelerate their product development cycles and facilitate the creation of novel formulations and products,” ​explains the company.

EMD clients can engage directly with the company’s lab professionals at the new facility too. “To leverage the lab’s full potential, EMD Performance Materials provides hands-on trainings for customers and offers an environment for collaboration in a broad variety of applications.”

Beyond beauty

The new labs are also equipped to serve clients with automotive coating needs, as well as industrial coatings and applications more broadly.

Since the food and personal care industries readily transfer trends and technologies, one to the other, it’s worth noting that the new EMD labs are fitted out “to create eye-catching, unique effects on confectionary and other food products such as chewing gums, nutritional supplements, and drinks,” ​as the press release states.



Deanna Utroske, CosmeticsDesign.com Editor, covers beauty business news in the Americas region and publishes the weekly Indie Beauty Profile column, showcasing the inspiring work of entrepreneurs and innovative brands.

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