FMC Corporation Opens New Asia Innovation Center in Shanghai

SHANGHAI, July 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — FMC Corporation (NYSE: FMC), a leading diversified chemical company, today officially opened its Asia Innovation Center in the Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park in the Pudong area of Shanghai, China. The new state-of-the-art facility serves as the company’s hub for research and development, technical innovation, operational support and executive management in the Asia Pacific region.

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“FMC has grown dramatically in recent years. An important element of our strategy has been a greater focus and investment in Asia where our products and technologies have tremendous opportunities,” said Pierre Brondeau, FMC president, CEO and chairman. “The FMC Asia Innovation Center represents our commitment to this important region and underscores our resolve to meet the growing — and often unique — technology needs of the diverse customers and markets we serve throughout the Asia Pacific region.”

The nine-story FMC Asia Innovation Center is home to more than 180 FMC scientists, technicians, sales and marketing personnel, support staff, and executive leaders. It features world-class laboratories for crop protection research and unique facilities designed exclusively to develop new functional ingredients used in the health and nutrition markets.

“Our customers throughout the region are looking for the right technologies that will help make their businesses more effective and sustainable,” said Bob Trogele, president, FMC Asia. “Whether it’s new agricultural products to safely improve crop yield, naturally-derived functional ingredients to enhance food texture and stability, or the latest lithium products to improve battery performance, FMC has always answered the call for smart innovation that solves complex challenges. The FMC Asia Innovation Center elevates our research capabilities to a new level, and serves as a catalyst to strengthen customer intimacy and collaboration that FMC does so well.”

According to Gordon Xu, president, FMC China, the new Asia Innovation Center will help the company attract and retain the best and brightest employees.

“Our success is built on an incredibly talented workforce. As we grow and expand our business in China and throughout the region, we need to demonstrate to our current and future employees that FMC is committed to investing in world-class facilities, the best research tools, and a first-class work environment that supports creativity and collaboration,” Xu said. “We’re proud that our new center has exceeded expectations for our company and our employees.”

The FMC Asia Innovation Center is a state-of-the-art facility with 22,000 sq. meters of laboratories and office space with approximately 60 percent dedicated to R&D labs. FMC consolidated four sites in the Shanghai region to the new Center.

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Bostik Celebrates 125 Years of Innovation

PARIS, July 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

Global adhesive specialist marks anniversary of the company’s founding in 1889 

Bostik, leading global adhesive specialist for industrial manufacturing, construction and consumer markets, today announced plans to mark its 125 year anniversary. The firm was founded in 1889 in Massachusetts, USA as the Boston Blacking Company, and numerous local events and promotional activities are planned to celebrate the role that innovation has played in the company’s development.

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Bostik Chairman & CEO, Mr Bernard Pinatel, commented, “I am proud to pay tribute to our company’s rich history and to recognise the role that innovation has played in enabling Bostik to become a leader in the adhesives industry.” He added, “We continue to pursue innovation just as vigorously as our predecessors and we look forward with confidence to the next 125 years.”

Bostik’s activities today are remarkably different from those of the Boston Blacking Company’s leather treatment business for the shoemaking industry. What has remained throughout the years is the pursuit of innovation and applying the latest advances in technology to develop smart adhesive solutions for its customers and end users. Bostik’s archives contain many examples of how its adhesive technologies have changed their respective markets, including the introduction of potato starch-based wallpaper adhesive in 1922, new packaging and application techniques for hot melt adhesives in 1960, the first elastic attachment adhesive for disposable diapers in 1975 and the first silyl modified polymer-based grab adhesives in 2001.

This commitment to delivering novel and original adhesive solutions continues, as demonstrated by Bostik’s most recent product launches. For the disposable hygiene market, Bostik recently introduced ZeroCreep Avance, an elastic attachment adhesive which combines unmatched elastic strand hold and elongation performance with significant cost-in-use advantages. Bostik’s Axios Tri-Linking polymer technology is a breakthrough in the hardwood flooring adhesives category offering improved bond strength, moisture protection and acoustic benefits. In the transportation sector, ISR 70-03 FR, is a first-to-market fire retardant adhesive/sealant which exceeds the most stringent fire protection standards for mass transit applications.

To commemorate this important milestone, unique Bostik 125 Years of Innovation branding has been developed and will be featured in advertising, company materials and point-of-sale displays over the next year. Commemorative items, including a 125 year anniversary book, will be distributed to staff and customers in the coming months.

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