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
SMI is also a member of the Industrial Research Institute (IRI) and
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Industrial Liaison Program
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 States.