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Trinseo opens new R&D center in The Netherlands

New R&D Building in Terneuzen

An enabler for cross-cultural projects

On September 27, Trinseo celebrated the opening of its new research and development site in the city of Terneuzen, Netherlands. The new facility serves as a plastic research center for 180 non-manufacturing employees, and is part of Trinseo’s endeavors to invest in the company’s future.

In Terneuzen, Trinseo already produces styrene monomer, PC/ABS, ABS, and latex binders – but after two and a half years of investment and modernization, the global chemical materials solutions provider has transformed the site into a Plastics Innovation Hub.

Green Offices in Terneuzen

“I never thought that this would become reality! This building represents and supports the ‘We are Trinseo’ feeling completely.” The words by Peter van den Berghen, Technologist Leader R&D at Trinseo, show that everything was worth the effort. Though it seemed to be impossible only two years ago, Trinseo created a modern space for growth that reflects the image of the company. Green living areas, excellent work stations and a fresh look create a comfortable homey feeling that is highly appreciated by the employees.

Open offices for improved communication

But the center in the heart of Terneuzen’s Maintenance Value Park is more than just a beautifully furnished building. “It works as an enabler for cross-functional projects,” declared Frans Kempenaars in his opening speech. Kempenaars, Director of Trinseo Netherlands praises that the site supports functions like Supply Chain, Environmental Health & Safety, Quality and Procurement. The facility will therefore innovate Trinseo’s workflow and strengthen its commitment to customers.

New R&D Building in Terneuzen

Mr Kempernaars called the R&D facility a “great step for Trinseo Netherlands” since it allows supporting staff to sit together for the first time in the company’s history, which not only enhances productivity, but the sense of unity as well.

Getting staff together was the ultimate goal for the responsible architects, Ronald Hoogeveen and Tessa Barendrecht from Architectenbureau Broekbakema. That is why they planned the structure of the work spaces just as thoroughly as the quality of the coffee in the new restaurant. It all adds up to the unique character of the Innovation Hub.

Never thought that this would become reality, but look: it is there now, and how! This building gives us a strong ‘we’ feeling compared to when we were spread all over the site.

Trinseo CEO Chris Pappas at the opening ceremony

Trinseo CEO Chris Pappas, who also attended the opening ceremony on September 27, promises the conversions “will help to drive new plastics innovation” and “to serve our customers even better across Europe and the rest of the globe.” On that account, the new building supports Trinseo’s goal to grow the Performance Material division by $100 million between 2016 and 2019.

If you would like to learn more about the Trinseo site in the Netherlands, please contact Liesbeth Adam: adam@trinseo.com

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