Lubrizol makes room for discovery at Hexagon Tower

Lubrizol Advanced Materials, a leading global producer of advanced speciality polymers, has acquired new laboratory space at its North West base Hexagon Tower, in order to advance its testing potential.

The international chemical company already occupied a significant area (24,523 sq. ft.) at the UK’s only vertical science park, with both laboratory and technical and commercial office spaces.

However, this additional 4,533 sq. ft. of lab space will allow Lubrizol to carry out technical application testing of new chemicals in textiles for sportswear and home furnishings, as well as digital inks used in industrial printing systems for ceramics and textiles.

Peter Bloyce, Global Business Director at Lubrizol, said “It’s great to be able to expand our footprint at the Hexagon Tower building. It’s an ideal location for us to develop our new lab with a focus on supporting the digital ink jet chemicals market.

“Our new facility provides state of the art application testing in the digital ink market and the new lab will support global sales of our product range in this segment.”

Lubrizol’s movement in ink testing reflects the history of the Hexagon Tower site, with the original Blackley Works leading chemical innovation through the synthesis of Turkey’s famous red dye in the late 18th century, meaning cotton mills no longer had to import the original.    

Stewart Needham, Facilities Manager at Hexagon Tower, said “We’re very pleased to see one of our high value tenants grow within the tower. Their expansion highlights the strength in the UK science sector and its exports.”

Hexagon Tower houses state of the art lab and office facilities that are designed to encourage the kind of ground-breaking discoveries that have taken place on the tower’s Blackley site for centuries.

With Manchester being European City of Science 2016, Lubrizol’s recent expansion in order to progress its testing is another great example of the scientific innovation taking place in the city and at Hexagon Tower.

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