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Continuous innovation

The Desmet Ballestra R&D team consists of an experienced and committed team of chemists and engineers highly motivated to support the company's strategy and to meet the customers’ needs through continuous innovation.

New Processes and Technologies

The core of Desmet Ballestra R&D mission is to develop breakthrough processes, advanced equipment design and differentiating technologies to produce a wide range of surfactants, detergents and chemicals, applying the consolidated know-how and proprietary or licensed technologies and through a continuous focus on developing emerging technologies.

Customer support

Desmet Ballestra R&D works actively and closely with customers through joint development partnership programs on the basis of strict confidentiality, to develop new ideas, reliable processes and products in demanded quality and yield, from initial laboratory study to pilot plant scale-up test until full industrial scale.

Desmet Ballestra R&D is committed to supporting customers in starting-up new strategic productions:

  • providing customized plants and advanced technology solutions;
  • improving the quality of the products;
  • optimizing the processes;
  • increasing the manufacturing capacity;
  • in contributing to sustainable development program through the reduction of the environmental impact and of the energy consumption.

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Laboratory and Pilot Plants

Desmet Ballestra R&D team is structured and well supported with laboratory equipment and pilot plant facilities to conduct internal and customer’s tests, to produce samples for new applications, to test new / specific raw materials, to develop new processes and to perform scale-up studies.

Analytical characterization of products and intermediates is a key part of the R&D activities; skilled chemists apply and develop analytical methodologies (HPLC, IC, GC, potentiometry, etc…) in order to ensure the best correlation between process and the product specifications.

Research

Desmet Ballestra R&D team actively collaborates with scientific research institutes in joint development programs. R&D keeps a strong external focus on market trends and on most recent developments in science and technology.

The R&D is supported by digital tools, like “physical predictive models” and CFD (Computational fluid dynamics) to strengthen the development activities

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