New Novomer Innovation Center Supports Bio-Based Chemicals Business

Oct. 20, 2017
Novomer Inc. plans to open a new innovation center in Rochester, N.Y.

Sustainable chemicals company Novomer Inc. plans to open a new innovation center in Rochester, N.Y.  The facility – named the “Novomer Innovation Center” – is reportedly designed to meet the expanding demands of the company’s growing bio-based chemicals business.                                

All equipment, production assets and employees will be transferred from the existing product development and pilot operations location to the new 26,000 square foot facility. Novomer will occupy the leased space in December, where significant renovations and improvements are currently underway, according to the company. The larger facility will house technology research, product development activities and a COEth Process demonstration unit to make customer samples for a variety of products.

The location, minutes from the Greater Rochester International Airport, will also be more convenient for partners, customers and vendors to visit Novomer’s technical facilities, according to the company. Novomer says it expects to employ about 60 chemists, engineers, lab technicians and other personnel at the new facility.

In July, Novomer announced the relocation of its headquarters to One Bowdoin Square in Boston. In addition to corporate offices, the new headquarters space will house business development and global project management activities.

Novomer is commercializing a family of competitively priced bio-based chemicals and high-performance polymers from ethanol and low-cost carbon monoxide. With its proprietary catalyst and process technology, the Novomer COEth Process reportedly enables these renewable feedstocks to be cost-competitively transformed into chemical building blocks for a wide variety of industrial products and applications.

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