Michelman manufactures a variety of emulsified and dispersed polymers used as sizing by manufacturers of glass fibre and other reinforcing fibres.

The new Fibers and Composites Global Business Unit offers Michelman customers manufacturing capabilities in North America, Europe and Asia, worldwide distribution, dedicated business development personnel around the world, as well as technical and sales support staff.

"Overall, there has been a tremendous adoption of Michelman technology by fibreglass manufacturers and producers all around the world," says Steve Shifman, President and CEO at Michelman. "The formation of this business unit now better positions us to help our reinforcing fibre manufacturing customers deliver product with surface treatments designed for ultimate performance in the manufacturing of composites.”

The new business unit will be led by Dr Yves De Smet and Dr Andy Brink. De Smet will be responsible for the commercial aspects of the business, including sales and marketing. Brink will be responsible for technology and business development.

Michelman, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, is a global developer of water-based barrier and functional coatings for flexible film packaging, paperboard, and corrugated cartons; and water-based surface modifiers, additives and polymers for numerous industries including wood care, industrial coatings, inks, fibres, composites, and construction products.