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Research & Development

Our research and development efforts are geared towards providing our customers around the world with advanced and pioneering products and technologies for today and also for the future. R & D activities focus on the chemical treatment of surfaces and rely on our global network to develop technologies that are ecologically compatible, allow for a simple and cost-efficient application and yield a product with excellent characteristics for the final customer.

Chemical processes for surface treatment are constantly changing. This is down to perpetual global economic changes and the resulting customer demands, the legal framework and the industrial production processes, on the one hand, while scientific and technical innovations open up new possibilities for surface treatment, on the other. A growing number of different and new metallic and non-metallic surfaces, shorter treatment times as well as reduced energy, water and chemicals consumptions are examples of the demands which we have to address when adapting our existing products in the same way as when developing groundbreaking new technologies.


Global expertise based on three regional centers of competence

We have opted for a global set up of our R&D organization to utilize our know-how worldwide, keep it up to date and be able to meet regional particularities. Most of our R&D experts work in one of our excellently equipped centers of competence in Frankfurt am Main (Germany), New Providence (USA) or Shanghai (China) as well as for our R&D partner Nippon Paint Surface Treatment in Tokyo (Japan). In addition, smaller projects are handled in numerous local laboratories operated by Chemetall.


Surface treatment innovations from Chemetall

The success of our R&D strategies is demonstrated by the more than 1,200 patents and patent applications which we currently hold in the field of surface treatment and also by the numerous innovations that we have already successfully established in the market. Some recent examples include

  • Oxsilan®: silane-based pretreatment as an alternative to zinc-phosphating
  • Gardobond® X 4661 (SAM): chrome-free pretreatment for aluminum wheels
  • Gardomer®: lubricants for coldforming
  • Naftoseal®: low-density sealants for the aerospace industry


Identifying tomorrow’s market demands today

To ensure that we are working on tomorrow’s key market demands today and that our development processes are conducted efficiently, our R&D is networked on many different levels. First of all, close cooperation with customers guarante that important ideas for our R & D projects originate from the real marketplace and that the existing or future customer processes and demands are always at the center of our research and development activities. In addition, we are networked with many universities, universities of applied sciences as well as with scientific and industrial institutions around the world enabling us to rely on their know-how about the latest developments and innovations and with whom we cooperate directly for individual R&D projects.


  • Develop the processes for tomorrow’s market demands today
  • Faster know-how transfer due to global networking
  • Focused on the development of sustainable technologies



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