A new research and development laboratory will facilitate Momentive Performance Materials’ testing and development of advanced compounds for the tyre industry. The 1,860-square metre (20,000-square foot) centre is located in Charlotte, North Carolina and has been set up with an investment of US$3.5 million. Momentive says it is “staffed by some of the industry’s foremost tyre researchers.” The silicones and advanced materials specialist intends for the facility to serve as a global hub for the discovery and development of new silane materials that can help tyre makers deliver products with lower rolling resistance, better wet traction and advanced performance.
Officials from the German city of Leverkusen and the Chempark chemical park joined Momentive Performance Materials Inc. at the official groundbreaking of its new manufacturing facility on 26 January. The company intends to invest US$30 million to build a dedicated manufacturing capacity for its NXT silane products in the European market. The new facility will join Momentive’s existing Leverkusen operations and network of 24 manufacturing sites located around the world.