Boral Unveils U.S. Innovation Factory
Boral recently announced its state-of-the-art Boral Innovation Factory at a ribbon-cutting ceremony among stakeholders and other invited guests. The opening of the new 27,000-sq-ft facility supports the company’s commitment to disruptive innovation around durable, manmade light building products, bringing transformational solutions to market at an accelerated pace.
The Boral Innovation Factory incorporates office space and analytical areas to incubate projects designed to enhance Boral’s growing businesses and long-term results, and deliver innovative customer solutions. Material science, polymer chemistry, composite products, durability testing and process development are the primary areas of focus in the U.S. The Innovation Factory’s active sister research and development center in Sydney, Australia, focuses on cementitious materials and concrete technology.
“Boral has taken an international perspective on the industry as part of our commitment to drive sustainable growth through product development, customer solutions and performance excellence,” said Joel Charlton, general manager and vice president of Intellectual Property Portfolio. “The establishment of the Innovation Factory has set us on a trajectory to introduce new products and processes that can solve customers’ unmet needs in the marketplace, enabling Boral to be synonymous with innovation.”
Created in 2012 as an extension of the company’s R&D division, the Boral Innovation Factory analyzes market trends and future building requirements, then identifies emerging technologies and develops solutions that fill service gaps. Since its inception, it reportedly has helped the company achieve solid growth, using its deep industry knowledge to develop Boral’s patented poly-ash technology, a synthetic material made with specially formulated urethane glue and fly ash, which is resistant to moisture and maintains a high level of dimensional stability. The Innovation Factory has also helped Boral increase U.S. patents by more than 30% to more than 100 in total.
“The evolution of the Boral Innovation Factory is closely aligned with Boral’s growth strategy as an industry leader,” said Russell Hill, vice president and global chief technology officer. “Through a socially responsible approach to all activities, our mission is to expand our capabilities and expertise, delivering a more sustainably built environment for the future.”
For more information, visit www.boralamerica.com.