ITW Global Brands, a diversified manufacturer of highly engineered components, industrial systems and consumables, has opened a new Technology Center in Houston to coordinate and accelerate new product research and development with ample room for future expansion.
According to the company, the US$1-million, 11,000sq foot facility is staffed by a team of 10 engineers, scientists and associates.
“Our role at the Technology Center, although it does involve pure scientific research and testing, is very much business-oriented,” said Dr Liliana Minevski, Director of R&D and Technology for ITW Global Brands. “We are actively involved in building and maintaining relationships with suppliers and product blenders and conducting ongoing customer visits and training. We also work with industry organizations and our company’s marketing group to reinforce the strong engineering heritage and high quality reputation of ITW Global Brands.”
The Technology Center team is proficient in material and surface science, surfactants and polymers, colloid (dispersion) technology, tribiology (lubrication) technology, and fuel and oil additives. Together they hold more than 40 issued patents, with a dozen more pending. Primary activities at the Technology Center will emphasize product development, testing, evaluation and differentiation. Other brand-focused activities for the Center include substantiating label claims, facilitating technology transfers and maintaining product stewardship.
Based in Houston, ITW Global Brands, which is part of ITW Performance Polymers & Fluids, a Division of Illinois Tool Works Inc., is well known for marketing and distributing a portfolio of automotive appearance and performance products as well as wiper blades.