Minerals Technologies Inc. (MTI) conducts research, develops technology and
provides analytical support in laboratories throughout the world.
The research and development teams for Specialty Minerals Inc. (SMI)
and MINTEQ International Inc. (MINTEQ) are headquartered in Pennsylvania’s
Lehigh Valley with technology centers located globally. MTI further extends its
R&D efforts through industry associations, academic relations and alliances,
joint development agreements and equity positions as well as world class, pilot
scale production resources.
MTI maintains a dynamic portfolio of trade secrets, know-how and patents and
recognizes the importance of complementary technologies. We are active in
identifying and acquiring selected technologies through purchase or license.
MTI’s technology licensing office also offers valuable intellectual assets from
our portfolio through donation, sale or license.
SMI operates research and development
facilities in Bethlehem and Easton, Pennsylvania, which are located about 90
miles west of New York City. The Company also operates an R&D Center in
Kaarina, Finland, and has plans to initiate an Asian R&D Group. In total,
MTI has built and equipped about 50,000 square feet of space in which the most
up-to-date instruments and equipment are used by more than 100 scientists and
engineers working to support today’s products and technology, while developing
new products and technologies for tomorrow.
SMI employs almost two-dozen paper technology specialists trained at the
premier paper science universities in the United States and Europe. These
scientists are able to test paper made by paper-company customers as well as
experimental samples SMI makes in its own laboratories. All of our equipment
adheres to the various international standards, including TAPPI in North America
and ISO in most other countries.
SMI is a majority shareholder of the CIC (Centre Internationale Couchage),
near Trois Riviere, Quebec, a state-of-the-art pilot coater. Besides CIC, SMI
also utilizes the Coating Technical Center in Finland.
Each year, the Company also conducts trials and sponsors research at a number
of Institutes and Universities. These include, The Finnish Pulp & Paper
Research Institute (KCL); the Swedish Institute for Surface Science (YKI), in
Stockholm; Åbo Akademie in Turku, Finland; the University of Maine, Western
Michigan University, the Institute for Paper Science & Technology at Georgia
Technical University and others.
SMI is also a member of the Industrial Research Institute (IRI) and the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Industrial Liaison Program (MIT ILP).
Research and development for our Performance Minerals is also conducted at
the laboratories in Bethlehem and Easton. Performance Minerals includes
Specialty PCC precipitated calcium carbonate products for use in plastics,
sealants, food fortification and antacids, as well as our ground calcium
carbonate and talc products, that are produced at five facilities in the United
MINTEQ's array of technologically advanced
refractory materials was developed at our research centers in Easton,
Pennsylvania; Gamagori, Japan; and Cork, Ireland. Scientists and technicians at
these locations study advanced applications of refractory materials used to
protect a diverse range of industrial furnaces, ladles and tundishes. Other
areas of investigation include different product formulations that exhibit
extended furnace lining durability and new technologies that provide safer,
faster application of refractory materials for increased steel production.
MTI's Analytical Services Group
The Analytical Services
Group provides solutions to material characterization problems.
State-of-the-art instrumentation, well-equipped facilities, and leading-edge
technical personnel have been specifically assembled for the analysis and
investigation of materials. For more than 40 years, analytical and microscopy
specialties have been developed to characterize materials from a variety of
industries. These materials include:
- Natural and synthetic minerals
- Paper and in-process papermaking samples
- Refractories and ceramics
- Metals and alloys
- Building Products
The Analytical Services Group is viewed as a problem solving resource. The
staff strongly encourages that a problem be discussed in its entirety prior to
submission of samples so that the proper test methods, reference materials, and
preparation techniques can be applied.
Unusual samples or analyses are subject to extensive testing by multiple
methods to corroborate results and ensure the integrity of the data. Quality
Control and Proficiency Testing Programs monitor all tests and instruments in
accordance with our accreditation by A2LA (The American Association for
Laboratory Accreditation) to ISO 17025.
By combining analytical instrumentation with classical chemistry practices, a
wide variety of materials can be analyzed. Some of the analytical tools
- Chemical Analysis
- X-ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy (XRF)
- Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectroscopy (ICP-MS)
- Ion Chromatography
- Variable Temperature Carbon Analyzer
- Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectroscopy (GC-MS)
- FT-Infrared Spectroscopy