Adhesives Magazine

Michelman Forms Fibers and Composites Business Unit

March 1, 2011

Michelman has formally organized its growing chemical sales into the fibers and composites markets under a business unit umbrella. The new Fibers and Composites Global Business Unit offers manufacturing capabilities in North America, Europe and Asia; worldwide distribution; dedicated business development personnel around the world; and technical and sales support staff.

“Our well-known capabilities in the area of emulsification and polymer dispersion technologies preceded us in the fibers and composites markets,” said Steve Shifman, president and CEO. “Early successes with polypropylene applications led to our acquisition of Hydrosize in 2008 and their expertise with polyurethane. Overall, there has been a tremendous adoption of Michelman technology by fiberglass manufacturers and producers all around the world. The formation of this business unit now better positions us to help our reinforcing fiber manufacturing customers deliver product with surface treatments designed for ultimate performance in the manufacturing of composites.”

The new Business Unit will be led by Yves De Smet, Ph.D., and Andy Brink, Ph.D. De Smet will be responsible for the commercial aspects of the business, including sales and marketing, while Brink will be responsible for technology and business development.

For additional details, visit www.michelman.com.