MIG mbH – About us

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.

Our mission

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.

Our technologies

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.

Partners worldwide

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.

Looking ahead

As we are celebrating MIG’s 20th anniversary this year, we have recently 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. This will add 500 m2 of extra space to the current capacity. Expected to commence operations by early 2022, the new facility will be used for powder-based production which include the chromate reduction series and other building additives.

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 - 2021)

  • 2021

    German Energy Solutions

    MIG is a member of the German Energy Solutions Initiative by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

  • 2020

    MIG Pacific

    MIG Pacific­-MIG's branch office in Melbourne, Australia -was established to serve the Australasian market.

  • 2019

    Key lnnovator

    Completion of the BuildHeat project. MIGwas identified as "Key lnnovator" by the EU's Innovation Radar.

  • 2017

    Top 100 lnnovators

    MIG's partner in China was recognised as one of the country's "Top 100 lnnovators".

  • 2016


    MIG products entered the Chinese market.

  • 2015


    Kickoff of the EU­-funded project BuildHeat for systemic retrofit of residential buildings across Europe, focusing on heating and cooling consumption attenuation.

  • 2012

    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.

  • 2009


    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.

  • 2001


    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.

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