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Archroma’s HQ Move Helps Designate a Space for R&D

Archroma is relocating its headquarters and revamping the old one as a “true tech hub.”

The Swiss specialty chemicals company announced Thursday the relocation of its HQ to a business center in Pratteln, located just outside of Basel, that includes the Baselland chamber of commerce and a full-service conference and event center.

The existing HQ in Reinach will be converted into a center for customized R&D.

Rebranded as Archroma’s Reinach TechCenter, the space will be designed to accommodate laboratories and technical expert teams, returning to the company’s roots in global R&D and application development. It will support Archroma Competence Centers (CC), which are also located in Switzerland, including the CC Textile Finishing, CC Textile Repellents, CC Paper Coloration and CC Paper Whiteness.

“We are excited to refocus our Reinach site as a true ‘tech hub’ to provide innovative, sustainable solutions and services to our customers to help them increase the value of their products,” said Heike van de Kerkhof, Archroma CEO.

The move comes after a decade of growth for the company, which evolved the HQ from being a dedicated technical center to hosting a growing number of corporate services and teams.

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Despite a general price increase across its portfolio to counter “ongoing exceptionally high freight and logistics costs,” Archroma has remained focus on sustainable chemical solutions for the apparel industry. In August, fast-fashion retailer Primark introduced a line of apparel and home goods dyed with EarthColors, Archroma’s dye range using waste generated by the food and plant industries. It also marked three years of producing aniline-free indigo, estimating that it has removed over 18 metric tons of the chemical from the denim supply chain during this period.

“Our science and technology expertise, coupled with in depth market, customer and regulatory understanding, provide the platforms for the creation of safer, more sustainable chemicals and practices in the industries we serve,” van de Kerhof added. “With this latest development we are strongly reaffirming our deep commitment to our Swiss roots and presence.”

The transition will take place this month.