Material Innovative Gesellscht mbH
What we do
MIG Material Innovative Gesellschaft mbH is a research-oriented manufacturer of advanced building materials providing innovative, climate-friendly solutions to increase the sustainability, safety and energy efficiency of buildings. Among MIG’s offerings are chromium (VI) reducing agents that limit toxicity in cement or cement-based materials and a thermal insulation coating system for improving energy performance and fire protection of buildings and other structures.
The MIG story
MIG’s story began in 2001, when Dipl.-Chem.Ing. Burkhard Brandt and Beton Ing. Wolfgang Bonder teamed up in their makeshift office in Paderborn, Germany, with the idea of developing an innovative chromate reduction system to help solve the regulatory problem facing cement and mortar plants in Europe – the maximum acceptable concentration of chromium (VI) in cement or cement-based materials must be limited to 2 ppm.
Hexavalent chromium is a toxic compound found in cement or mortar that can cause allergic contact dermatitis and even more serious diseases. It is also environmentally hazardous once discharged into groundwater, endangering our health and biodiversity as it can lead to water contamination. This has resulted in the introduction of the EU legislation limiting the content of hexavalent chromium in cement.
Today, MIG has grown from humble beginnings into a global player with its headquarters in Salzkotten, Germany.
Both founders held leading positions in their previous careers in the construction chemical industry with years of experience in solving construction challenges using new materials with sustainability at its core. So since its inception, the company has been driven by a clear mission, and that is to develop sustainable construction materials to enhance the environmental performance of buildings and promote health.
Chromate reduction system
MIG’s chromate reduction system features tin (II) sulfate and antimony (III) oxide, the state-of-the-art technology that offers superior, durable reducing power compared to iron (II) sulfate. With an uncompromising commitment to quality and craftsmanship while maintaining efficiency, MIG would go on to set industry benchmarks for high-quality customised chromate reduction and establish itself as a leader.
Thermal insulation coating system
The company has since continually reinvented itself, adopting innovations to diversify its product offerings to include a sustainable thermal insulation coating system for use in different surfaces including those of buildings and other structures to optimise surface performance, such as energy-efficiency, fire protection, resistance to corrosion and health promotion. The coating system consists of a thin-film heat-reflective finish coat and a wide range of functional plasters with varying properties like dehumidification, thermal insulation, fire resistance, etc. to meet different surface protection requirements. The technology has gained a lot of traction since its launch in 2009, both nationally and internationally.
Dipl.-Chem.Ing. Burkhard Brandt is the inventor of chromate reduction based on tin (II) sulfate, which laid the groundwork for a new generation of chromate reducing agents. Later on, MIG developed a unique production process for a new series of chromate reducers based on antimony (III) oxide in a dust-free encapsulated form.
MIG’s other major innovation is the underlying technology behind our thermal insulation coating system – DHMb® Double Hybrid Membrane, a micro-porous membrane embedded in the coating that manipulates thermal radiation and regulates moisture, thus improving energy efficiency of the coated surface.
Over the years, MIG has upheld its dedication to environmental sustainability through material innovation, constantly ramping up its R&D efforts to stay ahead of market trends and remain competitive. Innovative materials with strong environmental credentials are being modified and made to address changing market demands. These include a novel fire-resistant coating technology for various surfaces including walls and metal, which can trigger a revolution in material science.
As our products successfully gained a foothold in different markets across the globe, MIG’s worldwide network is being continuously expanded to accommodate its increasingly internationalised business activities.
A large number of joint projects and collaborative research have been carried out in the past two decades between MIG and its partners both home and abroad, resulting in increased sales, new markets and new products to the benefit of both sides.
In 2021, MIG celebrated its 20th anniversary. In the same year, we rolled out one of the most ambitious projects of our company’s history – building a new production facility that is fully automated right next to our existing manufacturing plant. Officially opened in September, 2022, the new facility expands the current capacity and is being used for powder-based production which include the chromate reduction series and MIG thermal insulation plasters.
In late 2021, MIG was certified to ISO 9001:2005, demonstrating our ability to deliver products that fulfil customer and applicable regulatory requirements as well as our commitment to enhancing customer satisfaction.
Despite all the challenges, most notably the Covid-19 pandemic, supply chain disruptions and recently the energy crisis, we’ve managed to maintain the growth momentum thanks to our capacity to adapt and innovate.
Looking ahead, MIG will dedicate its resources to intensify the development of cost-effective and climate positive products/technologies that can create more added value for our customers and stakeholders.
Timeline (2001 - 2022)
10.2022 Successful completion of annual surveillance audit for ISO 9001:2005
09.2022 Official opening of new production facility
06.2022 Commencement of new product development for chromate reduction
MIG is a member of the German Energy Solutions Initiative by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).
09.2021 MIG is certified to ISO 9001:2005
07.2021 Ground broken for new production plant in Salzkotten
06.2021 MIG celebrates 20 years in business
05.2021 - ETA approval of the hi-tech fire protection plaster MIG-HRP
2021 - Siemens: Coating of the first 3-D building with MIG-Thermalife
2021 - DNHK trip to ARUBA. MIG is tasked with coating the first and only carbon neutral hotel in the Caribbean - Bucuti & Tara Hotel - both exterior and interior with MIG 262 and MIG-ESP®
2021 - New distributors in Austria, Turkey and Hungary
MIG Pacific-MIG's branch office in Melbourne, Australia -was established to serve the Australasian market.
06.2020 MIG is recognised as ‘Key Innovator’ by the EU Innovation Radar
02.2020 Launch of the MIG-ESP® Anti-Microbial coating especially designed to create a germ-free environment
Completion of the BuildHeat project.
Top 100 lnnovators
MIG's partner in China was recognised as one of the country's "Top 100 lnnovators".
MIG products entered the Chinese market.
Kickoff of the EU-funded project BuildHeat for systemic retrofit of residential buildings across Europe, focusing on heating and cooling consumption attenuation.
ZIM - Project
Participation in a project to develop an innovative coating, funded by ZIM - Central Innovation Programme for SMEs - a government initiative that fosters the innovative capacity of SMEs.
MIG relocated its operation from Paderborn's Technology Park to Salzkotten. Production launch of chromium VI reducing agents using Antimony (III) oxide. Launch of MIG-ESP® insulation coating line.
MIG was founded by Dipl.-Chem. Ing. Burkhard Brandt and Concrete Engineer Wolfgang Bonder, both having held senior roles in their previous careers with extensive experience in the building chemicals industry. Production of chromium VI reducing agents based on tin (II) sulphate was launched in the same year.