Cologne Laboratory, Germany

Our coatings and construction laboratories offer you a reliable platform to support and accelerate your business ambitions in Germany and all over Europe. 

The laboratory was opened in 2008 and one of the first IMCD Coatings & Construction laboratories worldwide. Because of its extensive experience, it plays an important role in the international network of IMCD laboratories. The facility is one of the most universal laboratories in our network with extensive application know-how in the areas of decorative paints and industrial coatings.

Also, it is a training center for our employees and customers. Worldwide, the most Coatings Academy trainings for our customers and sales teams took place in this laboratory, where they can touch, apply, and test formulations.

How we can support you

At our laboratory in Cologne (Germany), we combine industry knowledge with the necessary equipment to achieve your formulation goals

Core competencies

  • Advice and formulation development
  • Laboratory support in all types of coatings, construction, and adhesive applications
  • Training center for employees and customers

Major Equipment

  • Weathering machine (QUV) 
  • Rheometer 
  • Compressive testing machine  
  • Contact angle device
  • Water vapour permeability for fassade coatings 
  • Multiple devices for various applications


  • Decorative coatings
  • Industrial coatings
  • Adhesive
  • Construction
  • Printing inks

We have supported formulation needs
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Our Team

Our committed and passionate technical experts are there to support our partners in their product development, create formulations and find solutions.

Dr. Jörg Schmitz

Technical Director - Coatings & Construction EMEA


Dr. Jörg Schmitz holds a PhD in Chemistry and Coatings Engineer from the University of Paderborn, Germany. At IMCD he started his career in 2012 as Technical Manager Coatings Germany and took over the role as Technical Director Coatings & Construction in 2016 and is now member of the IMCD Coatings & Construction management team.

In addition, he is a passionate lecturer and took over a lectureship for “Coatings Technology” at the University of Applied Science in Aachen within the Master-degrees course of “Applied Polymer Chemistry”.

Sandra Hackbarth

Laboratory Manager - Coatings Germany



Daniel Rumpf

Laboratory Manager - Coatings Germany


Selma Flores

Laboratory Trainee - Coatings Germany



Would you like to have a closer look at our facilities and meet our experts? We would be delighted to welcome you and have a talk!

Coatings & Construction Technical Center

An der Hasenkaule 31

(c/o Alfred Talke)

50354 Hürth



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