Bostik inaugurates new R&D Center in France
 
October 13th, 2014

Venette, France – October 9, 2014

Bostik, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of adhesives and sealants, inaugurated its new, state-of-the-art R&D facility – the Bostik Smart Technology Center – in Venette, located near Paris, on October 3rd.

“This world-class R&D center – alongside its counterparts in Milwaukee in the United States, and Shanghai, China – strengthens our global research and development capacities,” declared Bostik Chairman and CEO Bernard Pinatel at the opening ceremony. “Our R&D centers all are innovation-driven and focus on developing smart adhesives. This center of excellence for adhesive materials,” Mr. Pinatel continued, “is located in an environment where innovation is stimulated by the joint presence of businesses, universities and the regional research cluster on bio-based chemicals.”

Mike Jenkins, Business Director, Consumer & Construction Business Unit at Bostik’s North American headquarters in Wauwatosa, WI, added, “We draw upon the fact that Bostik has such a strong global footprint in cutting-edge research. For example, here in the states, where wood flooring consumption is so widespread, our R&D people have great access to that segment of the building products sector. In Europe, (where a typical consumer purchases 8-9X more tile for both floors and walls than what is consumed by those in the states) via our R&D center in France, we have that same advantage. All of this up-to-date worldwide market information goes into the constant development of new and more efficient surfacing installation materials… which results in our customers being a stronger resource for theirs.”

The Bostik Smart Technology Center was designed to facilitate collaboration and foster an open-minded approach, perfectly illustrating many of the company’s values, including team spirit and change.

Facts & Figures

  • Property surface area: 20,000 square meters/67,000 square feet
  • Building surface area: 5,100 square meters/16,400 square feet
  • Sustainable construction: built according to low energy consumption standards
  • Maximum capacity: 150 employees
  • Current workforce: 105 employees
  • Since 2011, 30% of Bostik’s new hires have been those for R&D
  • Total investment: $12,000,000€ / $15,170,000 USD

 

About Bostik, Inc.

Bostik is a leading global adhesive specialist in industrial manufacturing, construction and consumer markets. For more than a century, they have been developing innovative adhesive solutions that are smarter and more adaptive to the forces that shape people’s daily lives. From cradle to grave, from home to office, Bostik’s smart adhesives can be found everywhere. With annual sales in excess of $2 billion, the company employs 4,800 people and has a presence in more than 50 countries. Bostik is a company of Total. Visit bostik-us.com for more information.

Contact information

Chris Eichman
Marketing Communications Manager, Consumer & Construction Business Unit
Phone: 414-607-1265 Email: christopher.eichman@bostik-us.comwww.bostik-us.com

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