Oxiteno, a global leader in surfactants and specialty chemicals, announced today, an investment in a new Research & Development (R&D) laboratory in the United States. The R&D lab is the output of a partnership between Oxiteno and the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and will be located in The Garden, the University’s 521-acre innovation and commercialization park. The Lab is a great example of Oxiteno’s commitment to international markets, and USM’s commitment to innovation.
The laboratory will begin operating on mid-September, focusing on research and development of products to serve the U.S. market in the agriculture, paints and coatings, personal care, home care, and oil and gas segments. “Being close to our clients will allow the Company to server them better. We will now be able to provide samples and develop products locally, reducing the time required for these activities.”, explains João Parolin, Chief Executive Officer, Oxiteno.
“Oxiteno will be the largest commercial laboratory tenant in The Accelerator. The presence of such a prestigious and innovative company will certainly help spotlight the depth of capabilities and resources we have to offer at USM. We are looking forward to a productive partnership and the international attention Oxiteno will help bring to The Accelerator”, says Robbie Ingram, Manager, The University of Southern Mississippi Innovation and Commercialization Accelerator.
The University of Southern Mississippi is an excellent fit as a partner for Oxiteno, particularly because of the research performed there and the availability of cutting edge technology and state of the art equipment.
“Opening this lab represents a new chapter for Oxiteno in the US but also as a global organization. It will allow us to do more things, and to do them faster. Exciting times for all of us”, celebrates Parolin.