Project Description

The New ChemQuest Technology Institute incorporates C-CARE testing facility

The state-of-the-art application testing facility expands The ChemQuest Group service offering

CINCINNATI, OH (April 7, 2016) – The ChemQuest Group, Inc., a leading business strategy firm in specialty chemicals, and The Industrial Development Authority of Halifax County, Virginia, announce an agreement on terms to incorporate C-CARE (National Center for Coatings, Application, Research, & Education), South Boston, VA into the newly formed ChemQuest Technology Institute.

ChemQuest Technology InstituteThe state-of-the-art facility was designed to provide coatings suppliers the ability to test their products in a controlled environment that replicates a range of production conditions. The applications laboratory incorporates a wide selection of technologies, including 6-axis robotics, electrostatic and wet spray, flat and hang lines, IR, UV and convection curing. Also included is an automobile sized cross-ventilated spray booth suitable for robotic or manual equipment.

ChemQuest envisions these capabilities will strengthen the Technology and Development pillar of their value chain services. As part of the agreement, The ChemQuest Group, Inc., through The ChemQuest Technology Institute, will be adding formulary and analytical laboratories and expanding services to support specialty chemicals clientele in paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants, plastics, inks, personal care, HI&I and more.

According to Dan Murad, President and CEO of ChemQuest, “Halifax IDA’s vision to create and build a facility meeting industry best practices gives the ChemQuest Technology Institute a launchpad to address our clients’ needs. Our clients have indicated the desire to verify and document applications processes to better serve their customer demands. We look forward to a bright future helping end-users, formulators, and raw materials suppliers meet their technology and production challenges.”

“The Halifax, Virginia Industrial Development Authority (IDA) couldn’t be happier with its new relationship with The ChemQuest Group.” said Matt Leonard, Halifax IDA Executive Director. “We spent over two years, beginning with an international Request for Proposal, to identify a partner to whom we could entrust our multimillion dollar applied coatings laboratory.  ChemQuest is that right partner. They bring decades of experience, thousands of critical industry contacts, a spirit of teamwork, and a vision for the lab far beyond what we put in place and could have imagined. Halifax IDA looks forward to a long and effective partnership with ChemQuest.”

For more information on The ChemQuest Technology Institute’s capabilities, please contact Edye Fox Abrams, Director of Business Development, The ChemQuest Group, Inc. 410-215-5731,

About The ChemQuest Group, Inc.

The ChemQuest Group Inc., a leading international business strategy firm in specialty chemicals, is widely recognized among raw material suppliers, formulators and financial investors for its experience and expertise. ChemQuest’s four service pillars include Business Strategy; Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures; Commercial & Operational Efficiencies; as well as Technology Planning & Development through the ChemQuest Technology Institute. ChemQuest services extend across twelve formulated product categories and over ten end-use markets within the specialty chemicals value chain. Our team includes experienced senior managers from major manufacturers, business owners, and senior technical managers including twelve Ph.D. chemists, with a minimum of 25 years of experience in specialty chemicals. For more information, go to

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