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Bostik to Establish "Global Center of Excellence" for HMPSA at Bostik Corporate Center, Wisconsin

Published on 2011-10-17. Author : SpecialChem

Wauwatosa, WI. -- Bostik Inc. formally announced plans to accelerate its commitment and investment in research and development (R&D) by consolidating its Americas R&D resources from multiple Bostik facilities to the Bostik Americas Corporate Center in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Bostik will also be establishing the Wauwatosa R&D site as its "Global Center of Excellence" for one of its key technology platforms: Hot Melt Pressure Sensitive Adhesives (HMPSA). In conjunction with the R&D moves, the company will also consolidate its key business management functions into the Wauwatosa location. The plan will be implemented over a two to three year period and anticipates the creation of new jobs, in addition to the retention and relocation of existing Bostik personnel. Approximately 75-100 jobs will be added to the Wauwatosa site.

"Among Bostik's key differentiators are our focus and leadership in research and development and our outstanding employees. By combining both in one comprehensive Technology Center, we create critical mass and scale, enabling more efficient and effective investment while enhancing our ability to leverage knowledge between technologies and markets. This will lead us to solutions that will improve our customers' competitive advantage while providing more career opportunities for our employees," said Bostik President and CEO Bob Marquette. "We appreciate the outstanding level of support and commitment shown to us by the Milwaukee 7, the State of Wisconsin, and the City of Wauwatosa."

Among those slated to relocate are technology and business professionals and managers from the company's facilities in Warminster, PA and Middleton, MA. Bostik's continued investment in and commitment to its Middleton manufacturing plant remains firm and unaffected by this strategic business decision. Bostik is committed to supporting all impacted colleagues and their families through this transition.

About Bostik

Bostik Worldwide, based in Paris, France, is one of the largest manufacturers of adhesives and sealants in the world. It is a leader in providing bonding solutions for the construction, consumer, and industrial markets including hygiene and personal care, packaging, transportation and assembly. The Wauwatosa site became Bostik, Inc.'s headquarters following the merger of Findley Adhesives and Bostik in 2000, while administrative, R&D functions and manufacturing have continued in Middleton, MA.

Source: Bostik

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