The Philip M. Neal Asia Pacific Research Center
The Philip M. Neal Asia Pacific Research Center, dedicated to pioneering research in materials science, polymerization, precision coating and printing processes, reflects Avery Dennison's commitment to - and strong growth - in the Asia Pacific region.
Named in honor of Avery Dennison’s fourth chief executive officer, the 4,000 square meter facility has been designed to enable the Company to accelerate the transfer of established technologies and products, customized for local use, to Asia Pacific and China. The new Center will also not only make it possible for Avery Dennison to develop, analyze and test new products designed specifically for the Asia Pacific market, but also to enhance its ability to understand regional needs, respond to customer requests and provide faster service.
The Center, which opened in Kunshan, China in 2006, ...
- Houses 12 research laboratories
- Will employ approximately 50 engineers and scientists when fully staffed
- Will contain two pilot coaters by the end of 2007
- Includes clean rooms, library resources, technical computing networks, advanced scientific equipment and state-of-the-art telecommunications.
Avery Dennison: A Tradition of Innovation and Strong Presence in China
Founded by industry pioneer R. Stanton Avery in 1935, Avery Dennison is a global corporation with more than 22,000 employees and manufacturing, distribution and sales offices in 49 countries. The Company established its first facility in China is 1995 and today employs more than 3,850 employees at 18 sites, including Kunshan, Nansha, Guangzhou, Beijing, Tianjin, Chengdu, and Hong Kong.
The Company’s tradition of innovation began with its invention of the world’s first self-adhesive label in 1935. Avery Dennison later developed the first die-cutting method, in-line machinery and rotary die for the production of self-adhesive labels; the first synthetic-based pressure-sensitive adhesive and quick release coating backing for self-adhesive products; the first systematic approach to label identification and pricing; and the first manual dispenser for self adhesive labels. Today, the Company continues to make significant investments in research and development and to introduce new technology and products.
A Variety of Technological Strengths in a Single Location
The Company's knowledge of surface science, polymer structure and performance correlation and its expertise in designing, synthesizing and formulating innovative proprietary self-adhesive products to achieve specific performance results are evident in the following Neal Research Center disciplines:
- Rheology: Basic research into polymer physics and rheology has contributed to Avery Dennison's successful development of sophisticated adhesives, coating processes and other innovative new products engineered for specific applications.
- Synthesis: Avery Dennison’s development of laboratory equipment and instrumentation for basic research in polymer synthesis has led to a number of breakthrough discoveries, including non-solvent adhesives and coatings.
- Materials Science: The Company’s advanced analytical instrumentation and custom-designed equipment has led to advances in chromatographic separation, surface science and spectroscopy techniques for detailed polymer analysis. State-of-the-art optical and scanning-electron microscopy complement these capabilities.
- Materials Performance Testing: A wide variety of materials performance testing methods, developed by Avery Dennison scientists and engineers, aid in characterizing and monitoring product performance.
- Pilot Plant Facilities: To assure the successful transfer of research knowledge to production, the Center also houses pilot plant facilities for testing new solvent and hot melt adhesive film coating - as well as adhesive polymerization and top coating processes – under full-scale manufacturing conditions.