Research & Development
By definition, solving new and difficult problems demands an investment in research and development. This, in fact, may be our chief competitive advantage.
Whitford is a privately held company, so we can control our destiny, which includes allocating funds as we see fit.
In fact, Whitford commits one of the highest (and probably the highest) percentages of company sales to R&D in the entire coatings industry, an annual average approaching ten percent.
We maintain complete R&D centers at each of our manufacturing facilities. The sole responsibility of our skilled chemists (many holding PhDs) and technicians is to solve our customers’ problems, frequently by designing tailor-made products.
We’re committed to staying at the forefront of research and technology. This includes chemical testing and analysis for a wide variety of industries, using a unique combination of analytical capabilities, instrumentation, technical expertise and quality systems.
It includes precise coatings characterization and failure-analysis capabilities that enable researchers to solve a variety of coating problems.
We offer full analytical capabilities including deformulation (reverse engineering) and contaminant identification. The Whitford Analytical Laboratory also provides a broad range of services, including problem-solving, failure analysis, formulation, chemical analysis, troubleshooting, consulting, experimental design and analysis, and independent laboratory studies.
In our laboratories, you’ll find the more commonplace instruments as well as an expansive array of research-grade instrumentation not found in most laboratories. Due to the complex nature of coatings and our growing needs, we continuously upgrade laboratory equipment and enhance our services.
Our repertoire includes the scanning electronic microscope, particle-size measurer (to 20 nm), rheometer, TGA-FTIR, and a state-of-the-art sound room that is the most advanced in the country as of this writing.