We are a world-class family business providing quality
water-based primers and coatings, superior customer service
and innovating new products to meet your sustainability goals.
Mica Corporation develops and supplies water-based primers and coatings for paper, aluminum foil, polyolefins, metalized films, metal, fabric, and bio-based surfaces in a variety of applications, including extrusion coating and extrusion lamination. Mica's products offer adhesion, improved ink receptivity, heat-seal, and barrier properties.
At Mica Corporation, customers and quality come first. Our team members treat each other with the utmost respect, courtesy, and professionalism. We encourage every team member to balance work and home priorities and to learn something new every day. We believe that through teamwork and mutual support, Mica’s team and business will continue to thrive.
AN INDUSTRY EXPERT
"If I could use a phrase to describe Mica Corporation in a few words it would be “committed to our industry”. I have been fortunate enough to work with several members of the Mica team and it is obvious that advancing the industry is a key driver and a solid part of Mica’s corporate culture.
I have worked closely with the Mica team during my time at TAPPI and have found their professionalism is equally matched by their fun energy that is so essential when playing a leadership role in an industry association as large as TAPPI."
-Jim Lush, Celplast Metallized Products Limited
INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP & RECOGNITION
Mica Corporation actively supports and has been recognized by the following highly-acclaimed industry associations.
Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry
Member since 1971
Flexible Packaging Association
Member since 1991
Association of International Metallizers, Coaters, and Laminators
Member since 2000
Institute of Packaging Professionals
Member since 2011
Society of Petroleum Engineers
Member since 2006
TAPPI's International Flexible Packaging Division Leadership & Service Award & Andreas Ahlbrandt Prize
The Division Leadership and Service Award is intended to recognize an individual for outstanding leadership and exceptional service to the awarding Division which have resulted in significant and demonstrable benefits to the Division's members.
Since it was established in 1987, four Mica employees have received this prestigious award, including Mica's current president, Jeffrey Siegel, and Mica's Technical Sales Director, D. Robert Hammond.
TAPPI Fellow Membership
In 2007, Jeff Siegel was elected as a TAPPI Fellow in recognition for his meritorious service to TAPPI and the industry during his term as Division Chair.
TAPPI's International Flexible Packaging Division Technical Award & Samuel Zweig or Rohm and Haas Prize
The Division Technical Award is intended to recognize outstanding accomplishments or contributions, which have advanced the industry's technology in the awarding division's field of interest.
Three Mica employees have been awarded this honor, including Mica's founder Daniel Siegel.
TAPPI Young Professional of the Year Award
Two Mica employees have won the TAPPI Young Professional of the Year Award for their significant contributions in the areas of leadership, community service, and problem-solving. Jaclyn Epstein, Mica's Sales and Marketing Strategy Manager won in 2018. and Jessi Spadaccino, Mica's Communications Manager, won in 2022.
AN INDUSTRY EXPERT
"I was introduced to the Mica team 15 years ago when I accepted the position of President of TAPPI. I’ve gotten to know various Mica leaders over the years through their volunteer work with TAPPI.
It’s clear that the Mica team is extremely customer-focused, innovative, and solution-oriented. Mica’s employees do what they say they can do and have proven to move this industry forward."
- Larry Montague, President of TAPPI
We are committed to being good corporate citizens, and actively work to build lasting, beneficial and interactive relationships in the communities where we operate. Here are some of the local organizations and causes we have supported over the years.
Shelton Clean Sweep
The Clean Sweep initiative invites Shelton residents, organizations, and businesses to help rid local parks, streets, and schools of litter and debris in conjunction with Earth Week each year. Over the years, Mica team members have eliminated dozens of bags of litter from the streets of Shelton, and have been granted the Volunteer of the Year award by the City of Shelton twice for their efforts.
Bridgeport Rescue Mission
The Bridgeport Rescue Mission aims to provide food, shelter, clothing, education, job training, and counseling to neighbors in need. Mica takes pride in participating in the Bridgeport Rescue Mission's Great Thanksgiving Project, which provides warm winter coats and Thanksgiving meals to families in need.
Bikes for Kids
Bikes for Kids (BFK) is the largest group in Connecticut giving away bicycles and new helmets to kids and folks in need. BFK has given away over 21,000 bikes. Mica is delighted to have had the opportunity to build and donate bikes for this unique organization.
Connecticut Food Bank
Connecticut Food Bank is a member of Feeding America’s nationwide network of food banks. They partner with food retailers, growers, financial donors, and volunteers to source food and distribute it through a network of 500 food access points to serve 71% of the state’s population and 65% of the state’s food insecure.
Operation Hope provides individuals and families the opportunity to experience transformative change. Their programs and services focus on eliminating hunger and homelessness and are designed to help people solve their crises and build stability in an environment in which compassion inspires dignity and hope. Mica participates in Operation Hope's "Hope for the Holidays" event, an annual volunteer-run program where local organizations, schools, families and individuals “adopt” families and individuals in need and provide them with holiday gifts, clothing, basic necessities.
American Heart Association
For nearly 100 years, the American Heart Association (AHA) has been fighting heart disease and stroke, striving to save and improve lives. Mica has supported the AHA's Little Hats, Big Hearts event by donating supplies and knitting red hats for babies born in February to help raise awareness of heart disease and congenital heart defects - the most common type of birth defect in the country.
Mica Corporation's founder, Daniel Siegel, was a trailblazer. His innovations in water-based adhesive technology were game-changers in their time, and continue to be the standard for worldwide manufacturers of flexible packaging materials to date. His forward-thinking mentality, and ability to adapt and grow with an ever-changing industry are the reasons Mica Corporation has been a leader in the manufacturing of water-based adhesives for over five decades.
When Daniel passed away in 2010, Mica Corporation and the Siegel family established "The Daniel Siegel Memorial Scholarship," to honor the memory of an incredible innovator, husband, father, founder, and friend.
The scholarship is presented and awarded by the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI) to qualified undergraduate candidates in flexible packaging programs. Every two years, one winning candidate is awarded the scholarship at the USA TAPPI International Flexible Packaging and Extrusion Division Conference (Formerly PLACE) Conference.
2012: Natalie Quin; Clemson University
2014: Kanishka Bhunia; Washington State University
2016: Hongchao Zhang; Washington State University
2018: Pasquale Caccavella; Clemson University
2022: Anna Kent; University of Wisconsin
Mica celebrates five decades of
sustainability, growth and innovation
The new company was incorporated in the State of Connecticut in February 1971 and began operating in the facilities of Industrial Aromatics, then on East 72nd Street in New York City. Within several months the company moved to Stamford, Connecticut where it leased space on the second floor of a factory building on Elm Court.
Founder Dan Siegel and his wife, Alice, at the grand opening of the Stratford,CT Facility in 1985. After about eight months, when shipments began to increase in size and number, it was imperative that the operation be moved to ground level. A freestanding building was leased on Ludlow Street in Stamford where the company stayed for a number of years. A reactor and mixing equipment were added as well as a shipping platform and the company continued to grow.
By the early 1980s the building was bursting at the seams, and the company looked for larger space. Finally, property was purchased and the company erected a custom building in Stratford. This new building had more manufacturing capacity and added state of the art laboratory and office space.
Interest in Mica Corporation’s water-based coatings and extrusion primers continued to expand as Mica’s scientists built a reputation as leaders in converting knowledge. Business in Europe and Asia developed during this time, and warehousing locations were established in Germany and the Philippines.
By the mid-1990’s Mica Corporation had once again outgrown its physical plant. We embarked on a search for a new home that would allow for future expansion. A ten-acre parcel was purchased in Shelton, CT. Our new facility was designed and built and we moved in during the spring of 1999.
Today we have sales offices in 13 countries and stores of product in 11 locations around the world. While we continue to serve very specialized niche markets, we are the recognized world leader in these areas of concentration.
• MICA established and breaks into US and EU markets
• Company launches groundbreaking technology
• MICA introduces water-based PEI and EAA primer technology to the flexible converting industry
• Business flourishes in the US and Europe
• Warehousing is established in Germany to support company growth
• Partnership with DaeJoo established in Korea
• MICA moves to Stamford CT
• Global distribution network expands 200%
• Mica outgrows its plant, relocates to Stratford, CT
• Service areas expande in India, Australia, and New Zealand
• MICA launches new line of barrier coatings
• Grupo Magnacolor added to network to support growth in Mexico
• Phillipines distribution expands with new partenrship with TPT International
• PKOare joins network to service Peruvian market
• New, spacious and energy-efficient headquarters constructed
• Launch of first water-based oxygen barrier coating
• Distribution network expands
• MICA outgrows Stratford location
• Company relocates to brand new, energy-efficient facility in Shelton, CT
• Mica installs a new Pilot Line
• New sales associates join MICA to service exanding market in Asia
• Company launches a new line of premier heat-seal coatings
• State-of-the-art pilot extrusion coating and laminating line installed at MICA
• Coating and lamination line expands to support customers and other industry partners
• Chinese sales agents Cahota, join network and expand MICA's China market
• MICA partners with Kencana to service growing customer base in Indonesia
2010'S to present day
• Mica introduces new coating lines
• Global sales network continues to expand
• MICA undertakes major initiative to reduces the company's carbon footprint
• BIPCO of South Africa joins MICA's international team
• MICA partenrs with Concepts Worldwide of Turkey
• Argentinian market added to MICA's network with new partners PAMATEC
• Fotedar Engineering Services of the Middle East join the international MICA network
• Mica launches MICA G-1124, a temporary protective coating for metal substrates
• MICA MC-140-A introduced, an ink-receptive coating for non-wovens
• MICA's MICA MC-634, a compostable adhesion promoter, finds major success in the hot cup market
• Solar panels now generate 30% of MICA's electrical needs each year
Mica Opens with a Mission to Supply Water-Based, Sustainable Products
Mica Opens with a Mission to Supply Water-Based, Sustainable ProductsFebruary 1, 1971
Mica Corporation was founded in 1971 with a mission to develop and supply environmentally responsible, water-based products to the flexible converting industry which, at the time, was predominantly using solvent-based primers, coatings, and adhesives. More than five decades later, Mica still honors these values and strives to maintain and enhance the product quality customers have come to expect, while we continue to be an advocate for the environment by improving the sustainability of our products, our facilities, and our community.
Mica Establishes Warehouse in Germany to Support Growth in Europe
Mica Establishes Warehouse in Germany to Support Growth in EuropeMay 9, 1979
Mica establishes warehousing in Germany to support growing business in Europe.
Mica Outgrows HQ
Mica Outgrows HQMay 5, 1985
Mica expands; moves to Headquarters in Stratford, CT.
Mica Breaks into Flexible Converting Market in India
Mica Breaks into Flexible Converting Market in IndiaSeptember 17, 1986
The first water-based MICA products are sold in India.
Mica Hires Dae Joo to Support Growth in Asia
Mica Hires Dae Joo to Support Growth in AsiaSeptember 8, 1988
Dae Joo is still Mica’s exclusive sales associate in Korea today.
Mica Launches 1st Oxygen Barrier Coating
Mica Launches 1st Oxygen Barrier CoatingSeptember 12, 1991
Mica’s innovative coating found success in food and pharmaceutical packaging that required superior oxygen barrier properties.
Mica Expands Distribution Network to include Mexico, Peru, and the Philippines
Mica Expands Distribution Network to include Mexico, Peru, and the PhilippinesOctober 14, 1994
Mica appoints Grupo Magnacolor to grow business in Mexico, assigns TPT International as its exclusive partner in the Philippines, and assigns PKD to be its exclusive representative in Peru.
Mica expands; moves HQ to Shelton, CT
Mica expands; moves HQ to Shelton, CTMarch 1, 1999
Mica moves into its current headquarters in Shelton, CT; a state-of-the-art facility with room to grow.
Mica installs Pilot Line
Mica installs Pilot LineOctober 3, 2001
Mica installs a pilot extrusion coating and laminating line at Shelton Headquarters to support customers and other industry partners.
Mica hires partner to support growth in China
Mica hires partner to support growth in ChinaOctober 3, 2003
Mica appoints Cahota as its exclusive associate in China to support growth in the region.
Mica Launches Groundbreaking Emulsion Technology
Mica Launches Groundbreaking Emulsion TechnologyOctober 19, 2009
Mica’s heat-seal coatings enter the market offering high performance at low coat weights in a variety of applications, including lidding and labels.
Mica Establishes The Daniel Siegel Memorial Scholarship
Mica Establishes The Daniel Siegel Memorial ScholarshipOctober 20, 2010
The Daniel Siegel Memorial Scholarship is established in memory of Mica’s founder. The award is presented and awarded by TAPPI to qualified undergraduate candidates in flexible packaging programs.
Mica Appoints Sales Agent in Brazil
Mica Appoints Sales Agent in BrazilDecember 31, 2010
Mica adds By Engenharia to its global sales team to help support growth in Brazil.
Mica Solidifies Agreements with Agents in South Africa and Turkey
Mica Solidifies Agreements with Agents in South Africa and TurkeyMay 10, 2011
Mica’s adds BIPCO of South Africa and Concepts Worldwide of Turkey to its global distribution network.
Mica launches Temporary Protective Coating
Mica launches Temporary Protective CoatingMay 7, 2012
Mica’s specialty temporary protective coating for metal surfaces, MICA G-1124, enters the market.
Mica hosts Global Sales Meeting in Shanghai
Mica hosts Global Sales Meeting in ShanghaiAugust 21, 2012
Mica gathers global sales and distribution network together for a sales strategy meeting in Shanghai.
Mica Introduces Ink-receptive Coating for Tyvek
Mica Introduces Ink-receptive Coating for TyvekAugust 5, 2015
MICA MC-140-A, an ink-receptive top coat for Tyvek and non-woven substrates is launched.
Mica’s Solar Panels Generate 30% of Annual Electrical Needs
Mica’s Solar Panels Generate 30% of Annual Electrical NeedsJuly 11, 2017
Mica installs solar panels at HQ that generate 30% of Mica’s electrical needs each year.
Mica Hires Sales Agent in Middle East
Mica Hires Sales Agent in Middle EastSeptember 20, 2018
Mica appoints Fotedar Engineering to handle growing business in the Middle East.
Mica Hosts Sales Strategy Meeting in Germany
Mica Hosts Sales Strategy Meeting in GermanyOctober 12, 2019
Mica gathers its global sales and distribution network in Germany to discuss new technology and growth opportunities.
Mica Launches First Compostable Product
Mica Launches First Compostable ProductJune 11, 2020
Mica launches groundbreaking commercially compostable adhesion promoter, MICA MC-634, which passes the ASTM D6400 standard.