Michelman celebrated the grand opening of its new Advanced Materials Collaboration Center. The celebration on October 2, 2014, at the company’s global headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. The AMCC enhances Michelman’s ability to develop innovative water-based coatings, surface additives and polymers for the many industries it serves. The center includes six new laboratories with state-of-the art equipment, bright and accessible open space and meeting rooms. These are designed to allow application teams to collaborate on projects. There is also office space for both staff and associates.
Michelman carries the spirit of the word “Collaboration” throughout the facility. The building was designed physically and technologically so that Michelman’s teams of internal application specialists and chemists are able to seamlessly interact with customers, vendors, research universities and other R&D facilities engaged in activities related to the markets Michelman serves around the globe. This innovative collaborative approach facilitates the open sharing of ideas and technology between groups to the benefit of all Michelman stakeholders.
New simulation equipment in Michelman’s pilot laboratory allows the company to more accurately observe how product solutions perform under actual end-use conditions. They can then use that information to improve formulations. This capability helps customers reduce product concept to commercialization time.
At the grand opening, attended by well over 100 guests, Steve Shifman, President and CEO at Michelman, commented, “In June of 2012, the State of Ohio through its Third Frontier Fund believed in our vision and stepped forward with a $2.5 million grant, which when combined with our own $20 million investment allowed us to build this facility. At our core, we are a science organization. With the AMCC, we have created an environment that exceeds our scientist’s expectations. It helps us attract the best and brightest, lets them do their best work. It also helps us retain our outstanding talent.”
Michelman is a global developer and manufacturer of environmentally friendly advanced materials for industry, offering solutions for the coatings, printing & packaging and industrial manufacturing markets. Many leading manufacturers around the world use the company’s surface additives and polymeric binders to enhance performance attributes. They also aim to add value in applications including wood and floor care products, metal and industrial coatings, paints, varnishes, inks, fibers and composites. Michelman is also well-known as an innovator in the development of barrier and functional coatings. Additionally, they have digital printing-press primers. These are used in the production of consumer and industrial packaging, paper products, labels, and commercially printed materials. Michelman serves its customers with production facilities in North America, Europe and Asia. The company also has both product development and technical service centers in several major global markets. Additionally, Michelmen has a worldwide team of highly trained business development personnel.