VENETTE, FRANCE -- 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 -- a couple of weeks ago on October 3.Bostik R&D Center

"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," said 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 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 eight to nine times 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.