On 28 November 2017, Michelman is marking two decades of providing water-based coatings and surface modifying additives to the Asia Pacific markets with a capacity expansion of its manufacturing facilities. It has recently invested in a 20-ton reactor, to double its production capabilities and complement its existing 400 kg, 6000 kg, and 12000 kg reactors. The occasion also marks laying the foundation for improving the company’s Advanced Technology Center laboratory with advanced barrier testing equipment for improving the characterization of both the physical and chemical properties of coatings. These capability improvements will benefit Michelman’s competitive benchmarking, customer service, training and in-house expertise.
A Capacity Expansion Grand Opening Ceremony will be held on 28 November 2017 at Michelman’s Singapore Technology Center and feature presentations from Steve Shifman, president and chief executive officer of Michelman, as well as Gian Yi-Hsen, regional president, Americas, of the Singapore Economic Development Board. The event will include a plant and laboratory tour, which will showcase the new reactor as well as other state-of-the-art testing equipment. “Our high-performing associates, along with our partners and customers, are to be thanked for the company’s success in this region,” exclaims Steven Wong, vice president and managing director of Michelman Asia Pacific, “Great people and great partners equals great success.”
The continued investment in the Asia Pacific region complements and supports past acquisition activity and organic growth in Asia, and will allow Michelman to better serve its expanding customer base, particularly in China and India. The Singapore location will not only serve as an Advanced Manufacturing Site and Technology Center, but also a regional logistics hub and shared service center for finance and HR activities. “Singapore is proud to be a key manufacturing site for Michelman over the last two decades, and today’s expansion is a testament to their commitment to strengthen their footprint here to serve growth markets in Asia,” said Cindy Koh, director, Energy & Chemicals of the Singapore Economic Development Board. “We look forward to further success together.”