In fewer than five years, ResiCare has succeeded in establishing itself as a new player in the market for resins for industrial use. Drawing on the Michelin Group’s longstanding expertise in high-tech materials and its renowned R&D organization, the Michelin subsidiary already has more than 40 patents to its name.

 

Our mission is to offer new disruptive technologies that are consistent with Michelin’s sustainable approach. This means clean resins that are more environmentally friendly for people and the planet. This is our strength, and it allows us to differentiate ourselves from other players in the market.
Quentin Faucret - CEO ResiCare

Conquering new markets beyond tires

ResiCare illustrates the Michelin Group’s determination to move into new growth areas beyond tires. ResiCare adhesives are mainly used in textile reinforcement of tires, plywood and other applications involving glued wood.

In early May, ResiCare installed a skid (a mobile resin production unit) at Michelin’s Olsztyn site in Poland, signaling the start of normal operations. “This is a commercial achievement that paves the way for an ambitious deployment plan for ResiCare technology," says David Doisneau, co-founder and technical manager at ResiCare. Several skid installations are planned in Europe and Asia over the coming months.

Skid4TEX V2 chez OLS

For more than three years, the Michelin subsidiary has also been working closely with Allin, a French specialist plywood panel manufacturer, to develop new uses for its resins beyond tires. This collaboration has recently resulted in the launch on the market of R’PLY, the first responsible plywood incorporating a ResiCare resin: Resi4Fit. With less material and a shorter curing time, this new adhesive also helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to textiles and wood, there are also developments in insulation, abrasives and other composites. “We are constantly exploring new technologies in order to conquer new markets and broaden our reach,” adds Faucret.

ResiCare Slide marches ENG V2

Producing resins from bio-based raw materials is a major challenge!

With the aim of bio-sourcing the raw materials used to manufacture resins, ResiCare is coordinating the BioImpulse2 project. Launched in 2018, this project should, by 2025, result in an industrial process for producing a 100% bio-based molecule of interest and a range of non-toxic resins (with no SVHC compounds) that are kinder to human health and the environment.

 

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“With this research project run in collaboration with our partners, Michelin continues to demonstrate its commitment to the environment, including outside the tire industry, by bringing to bear its expertise in sustainable materials for the entire industry.” Florent Menegaux – CEO Michelin.

1* : Without « Substance of Very High Concern » (SVHC)

2 : The project brings together several private- and public-sector stakeholders (Lesaffre, FCBA, INRAE, INSA and ResiCare) and is supported by ADEME as part of its future investment program.

 

ResiCare
en 3 Key Dates

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2008

The Group’s advanced research begins exploring an alternative technology aimed at developing a resin that is more environmentally friendly for people and the planet.

 

2016

ResiCare is created and joins Michelin’s Incubator Program Office, whose purpose is to foster projects that contribute to Michelin’s sustainable growth.

 

2020

ResiCare becomes a wholly-owned Michelin subsidiary.

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