Michelman (Cincinnati, Ohio) on June 15 announced the acquisition of Hydrosize Technologies Inc. (Raleigh, N.C.). Hydrosize is a manufacturer of coatings including sizings, film formers, fixatives, binders and resins for coatings and composites applications.
Hydrosize provides Michelman a waterborne polyurethane sizing technology designed specifically for the fibers and composites market. The polyurethane dispersion technology will complement Michelman’s existing line of polyolefin-based solutions, and will be developed for applications in other markets, including coatings and packaging.
Hydrosize carries its own polyolefin line, which will strengthen and supplement Michelman’s existing offering. The company also boasts the world’s only solvent-free, high-temperature sizing for use in advanced composites.
Hydrosize was co-owned by husband and wife, Andy and Heather Brink. Dr. Andy Brink has joined the staff of Michelman to ensure a successful transition, and has been named business development manager, Fibers & Composites. He will work with the combined customer groups.
According to Steve Shifman, president and CEO at Michelman, “Hydrosize is a perfect fit for our company. Their strengths lie in the fibers and composites market, one of our fastest growing business units. The Brinks have developed a strong and truly unique product offering that will help us answer the increasingly demanding needs of our global markets.”