Sun Chemical Corp. and its parent firm DIC Corp. have opened a $3 million technical center in Karlstein, Germany.
The center will focus on technical support for European customers that use polyphenylene sulfide compounds made by Tokyo-based DIC. The new facility will allow DIC to handle increased demand for production and technical support as the European and American PPS markets continue to grow, officials said in a May 26 news release.
DIC's PPS compounds provide automotive, electronic and appliance parts with resistance to heat and chemicals, they added. Sun Chemicals advanced materials president Mehran Yazadani said that the new center is “ideally placed” near Frankfurt, which he described as Europe's largest transportation hub.
DIC opened a PPS compounding plant in China last year. The firm operates a similar plant in Austria.
Sun Chemical is based in Parsippany, N.J., and ranks as one of the world's largest producers of printing inks, coatings and supplies. DIC — including Sun — employs 20,000 worldwide and has annual sales of $7.5 billion.