As part of its growth strategy, Bostik is restructuring its global R&D footprint around three technical centers of excellence: in Milwaukee (USA), Shanghai (China) and Compiègne (France). The new French R&D center will be operational by mid-2014 and will ultimately house 150 researchers in its environmentally efficient building.
“Innovation is at the heart of Bostik's identity, and technology is the cornerstone of our success,” stated Bernard Pinatel, Bostik’s Chairman and CEO. “The future center in Compiègne will have a dual role, both global and regional. It will include the upstream research center for our leading-edge technologies, worldwide, and will strengthen our downstream research for product innovation and technical assistance aimed at our European customers.”
Compiègne was selected as an ideal location to benefit from the region’s numerous teaching and research institutions in green chemistry and agricultural resources. “Our relationships with Industry and Agro-Resources (IAR); the PIVERT Institute of Excellence for carbon-free energy (IEED); and the region’s engineering schools, including the University of Technology in Compiègne (UTC) and ESCOM, the higher education institution for organic and mineral chemistry, will be greatly enhanced,” affirmed Bernard Pinatel.
In 2012, Bostik continued its global growth program with the start-up of a factory in Egypt, the acquisition of Usina Fortaleza, Brazil's leading tile adhesives manufacturer, and the creation of a third production site in China.
Bostik collaborates closely with its customers to provide high-performance solutions, creating stronger bonds for a better life.