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Technology

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 States.​