Arkema opens Center of Excellence dedicated to photocuring, photoinitiator technologies

U.K.-based facility will act as a collaborative space to develop and fine-tune energy curing challenges and solutions.


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Arkema's U.K.-based Center of Excellence laboratory.

Center of Excellence laboratory. Photo Credit: Arkema

Following the acquisition of Lambson (Wetherby, U.K.), a company specializing in the development and supply of photoinitiators for curing, Arkema (Colombes, France) opened a Center of Excellence in Wetherby, U.K., to provide its customers and partners with expertise and comprehensive, high-performance solutions for UV technology. Integrated into its Sartomer photocurable resins business, Arkema says the center will be a key component for the growth and development of photocuring technologies.

Said to be equipped with first-rate equipment and led by an experienced team with expertise in photoinitiator synthesis and formulation, Arkema says this center will provide an exceptional collaborative space for developing and fine-tuning solutions that are tailored to the challenges of its customers and partners, particularly in the electronics, 3D printing, inks, adhesives and high-performance coatings markets.

“The center supports both experienced formulators and those new to energy curing technology who are seeking state-of-the-art UV resin and photoinitiator systems expertise,” says Laurent Peyronneau, CEO of Sartomer and VP of Arkema’s Coating Solutions. “It also brings together technologies and know-how to address energy curing challenges and develop innovative solutions to unlock new opportunities.”

This laboratory will reportedly complement the existing network of research and application centers dedicated to Arkema’s coating and performance additive solutions. These additives enhance the group’s expertise in many areas and play an essential role in the design and development of innovative products, and new applications in the fields of coatings, adhesives and advanced materials.