Cloverdale Paint Inc. has opened a new coatings R&D laboratory in Surrey, BC. The new facility is charged with developing liquid coatings technologies for the company, with an emphasis on waterborne and low-VOC technologies. The 7,200-sq ft addition to the existing solvent-based and OEM product development laboratory will provide the necessary space for research chemists to conduct development work. It includes an application laboratory in which chemists, sales and marketing staff, along with customers, can experience and provide feedback on existing and new coatings technologies.It has separate raw material storage areas and a scale-up mixing room, and also allows for improved office space and meeting room capabilities. Tom Snider, vice-president of research & development at Cloverdale Paint, commented: “This creative environment for chemists, technicians and specialists will foster the development of innovative products well into the future.”