On 15 July 2015 a new technical service centre for the European chemicals business was officially opened by Masao Nemoto, the president of AGC Chemicals. With a growing market in Europe & the Middle East this facility will improve the communication and response time to customers’ technical enquiries. With the existing commercial centre of AGC Chemicals Europe being in the World Trade Center in Amsterdam, the natural choice of location for the new technical centre was the nearby Amsterdam Science Park. The main focus of the new laboratory will be supporting both the fluorinated water and oil repellent, ‘AsahiGuard E-Series’ and the fluoropolymer resin for coatings, ‘Lumiflon’. Further products can expect technical support from the centre in the future. For the Opening Ceremony current customers of AGC Chemicals Europe were invited to a tour of the technical capabilities of the facility led by the Technical Centre Manager, Floris Kooistra, followed by presentations by the Head of European Technical Service, Phil Spencer, the Managing Director of AGC Chemicals Europe, Kazunobu Kawahara and the General Manager of the fluoroproducts division of AGC Chemicals, Takashi Yukoshi. Management team members from AGC in Japan as well as the European-based project team responsible for setting up the technical centre as well as AGCCE’s senior management team also attended the event which was later celebrated with drinks and a Japanese themed evening buffet at the Okura Hotel in Amsterdam.
As the evening progressed Masao Nemoto, AGC Chemicals’ president, was invited by Master of Ceremonies, Yuji Narita, Commercial Director of AGC Chemicals Europe, to take the stage at the Okura Hotel. Nemoto-san addressed the key customers present with thanks for their contribution to the growth of the business and gave an interesting insight into both the history and future of AGC Chemicals Europe.
Much to the delight of the guests present, there was also a surprise appearance by the company mascot of AGCCE, Simon the Scientist, who insisted on joining in with the celebrations.
AGC Chemicals EMEA Technical Centre
Matrix Innovation Center
Science Park 408
1098 XH Amsterdam