22.11.2022 - Green technology, Technology

CrossChem opens Baltics' only AdBlue testing laboratory

CrossChem has established an AdBlue laboratory at its main production site in Olaine, which will allow performing specific tests right here in Latvia. The laboratory will start operating in test mode at the end of the year and will be fully operational in 2023 when it receives international accreditation.

For more than a year, CrossChem has been working to introduce a new, high-value product, AdBlue EVO – a version of AdBlue that is able to operate at both high and low temperatures and significantly reduces its environmental impact throughout the product life cycle.

“Despite the economic challenges that have forced manufacturers to slow down in the second half of this year, CrossChem is committed to its development plan, working towards the launch of its new product AdBlue EVO. A new AdBlue laboratory has been set up, which will significantly facilitate and accelerate our product development capabilities, as CrossChem tests every batch of AdBlue produced in the laboratory before the liquid reaches the customer to ensure the quality of the product. The new laboratory will also reduce our operational costs as we will no longer have to send every sample of the product we produce to laboratories abroad – testing can be carried out in-house, reducing transport emissions,” says Ričards Andersons, Chairman of the Management Board of CrossChem.

Only laboratory of its kind in Baltics

Over the past six months, intensive work has been carried out at the main production site in Olaine – laboratory facilities have been set up and equipped with the necessary equipment, furniture, materials, reagents and utensils, and staff have been trained. An analytical chemist has also joined the CrossChem team to ensure precise testing procedures and reporting. The CrossChem laboratory will be the only one in the Baltics capable of performing unique chemical analysis related to AdBlue products. It will be operational in test mode at the end of the year and will be fully operational after its international accreditation in 2023, allowing the laboratory to provide testing services to all interested parties.

In total, just under one million euros have been invested in the AdBlue EVO project, of which EUR 223 thousand has come from the Norway Grants Business and Innovation Programme. In addition to the new AdBlue laboratory, CrossChem is also building a new production and packaging line as part of the development project. The new product is expected to be launched on the market in the second half of 2023.

Contributes to reducing acid rain

CrossChem is a 100% Latvian-owned company, part of the CrossChem International group and a global chain of chemical manufacturers and distributors. The company’s business is based on the production of sustainable and environmentally friendly products, which allow reducing costs and increasing competitiveness. CrossChem manufactures AdBlue, AUS40, liquid fertilisers and automotive chemicals and provides a range of services related to these products. AdBlue is a reagent designed for vehicles equipped with Selective Catalytic Reduction systems to neutralise exhaust emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx), which are one of the causes of acid rain and generally have a negative impact on the environment. The AdBlue solution is filled into a dedicated tank and fitted to virtually all trucks and cars powered by diesel engines today.

Source: Press realese (labsoflatvia.com). Publicity photo.

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