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Nalco Opens New Research and Technical Support Center in Brazil

Follow Nalco_News on TwitterNalco (NYSE:NLC), providing essential expertise for water, energy and air, today opened a new research and development facility in Campinas, Brazil, serving Latin America. Strategically located near top Brazilian universities, the $2 million facility will serve water, process and energy customers throughout the region.

“Brazil is one of the 10 largest economies in the world, making it a key growth market for Nalco and a cornerstone of our BRIC+ (Brazil, Russia, India, China and the Middle East) strategy,” said Erik Fyrwald, Nalco Chairman and CEO. “Despite a poor global economy, we are investing in critical areas that will drive our future success as the world’s economy turns up.” 

The Campinas laboratory is located in the Techno Park Campinas, which covers more than half a million square meters and serves more than 60 companies.

“We selected Campinas because of its proximity to many research centers and universities, such as the University of Campinas – one of the finest in Latin America – and the research facilities of several of our customers. It is also close to São Paulo and other key industrial and business areas,” said Mani Ramesh, Nalco Chief Technology Officer. “The intellectual capabilities of these facilities provide tremendous opportunities to strengthen our open innovation strategy of collaborating with customers, national laboratories and universities to develop cutting-edge solutions for water, energy and air.”

The new laboratory will support customers in the paper industry, sugar, food and grains, and energy production, working in concert with the Company’s research centers in Sugar Land, Texas and Naperville, Illinois in the United States.

“The Campinas facility allows us to be closer to our customers in Brazil and in Latin America,” said Sergio Sousa, Nalco Managing Director for Latin America. “In addition to developing new technologies specific to Brazil and Latin America, it will assist in deploying important, patented Nalco programs such as 3D TRASAR® automation technology for cooling water and NexGuard® technology for boiler systems.”