April 2016

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Engineering Practices: How a full-service R&D laboratory can help your company

To survive and stay competitive in the rapidly changing, technology-driven hydrocarbon processing and petrochemical fields, companies must stay ahead of their research and development (R&D) needs.

Daruwalla, D., Southwest Research Institute

To survive and stay competitive in the rapidly changing, technology-driven hydrocarbon processing and petrochemical fields, companies must stay ahead of their research and development (R&D) needs. Maintaining a dedicated R&D laboratory can be prohibitively expensive, especially for small- and medium-sized companies. Contracting with a full-service R&D laboratory can bring greater resources to a company’s efforts at a competitive cost. As an example, there is a current spike of interest in developing new products and processes to take advantage of the continuing low costs of natural gas and crude oil. Many companies are looking toward “green processing,” or switching to bioderive

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