Researchers of UT develop for Krimelte, the European leading producer of construction foams
On Thursday, 9 January at 4.30 p.m., Professor Volli Kalm, Rector of the University of Tartu, and Alar Salum, CEO of Krimelte, will sign an agreement in Tallinn, in the head office of Krimelte OÜ (Suur-Paala 10). The aim of the agreement is to have more effective mutual cooperation in the field of research and development of polymer chemistry, incl. in developing products based on new technologies.
“The field of construction chemistry has changed a lot during the last ten years – demand of the consumers for the quality of products and awareness of energy saving has considerably increased,” said Alar Salum, CEO of Krimelte. He added that as the above-mentioned trend is going to continue also during the following years. The key words of Krimelte product development are environmental friendliness and energy saving and innovation.
“Last year we contributed a lot to the product development of sealants and glues, and we launched several new products in different fields of application,” said Salum, adding that besides sealants, the company focuses on the development of one-component polyurethane foams for specific fields of application. “We would continually like to be the market leaders in the development of innovative products and we are convinced that cooperation with the researchers of the University of Tartu will contribute to this,” Salum emphasised.
Alar Tõru, Head of Industrial Liaison Unit at UT, was also glad that partnership of Krimelte OÜ and the University of Tartu, which is based on mutual trust, has offered development possibilities to the leading research group as well as interesting challenges to several other researchers of UT. “As to cooperation, the researchers of UT, who are partners of Krimelte, have not emphasised only the importance of polymer chemistry as a field but also the connection and analogies between seemingly different disciplines. The influence of this particular cooperation on the quality of chemistry and physics education, provided by the university, cannot be underestimated,” said Tõru.
The cooperation agreement between UT and Krimelte foresees bilateral active communication between the researchers of the university and developers of Krimelte. Krimelte informs the industrial sector of the university of new operational trends and technological problems that need solving. Proceeding from the problem statement, the university will carry out research on the raw material and materials and end products used by Krimelte. For example, chemical modification of fillers’ surface is developed together in order to achieve better rheological qualities.
As a result of joint research and development, Krimelte will be a base of practical training or degree courses for the students, agreed so by both parties.
Krimelte is an Estonian capital-based internationally recognized European leading manufacturer of construction foams and sealants, the constantly expanding export geography of which includes today about 50 countries. Krimelte’s different trademarks, sales and manufacturing enterprises in 9 countries are agglomerated under the umbrella brand Wolf Group. The products of Wolf Group are marketed under reputable brands Penosil and Temps. Further information: http://www.krimelte.com
The University of Tartu is a research and development partner for companies that need to carry out work, which requires know-how, applied research and expert opinion. The services of laboratories and structural units of UT in the field of construction and real estate, energy and mining industry, processing industry, occupational health and biotechnology, agriculture and forest management, information and communication technology, water supply and cultural research are agglomerated into constantly improved database of services.
Further information: Alar Salum, CEO of Krimelte OÜ, phone: 6 059 0300, e-mail: alar.salum [ät] krimelte.ee.
Alar Tõru, Head of Industrial Liaison Unit at UT, phone: 737 4807, 505 2783, e-mail: alar.toru [ät] ut.ee.
Uno Mäeorg, Senior Lecturer of Organic chemistry at UT, phone: 737 5243, 562 383 97, uno.maeorg [ät] ut.ee.
Koit Herodes, Senior Lecturer of Analytical Chemistry at UT, phone 737 6030, 527 6523, koit.herodes [ät] ut.ee.