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Crypton appoints Michael Grigat as Vice President of Research and Development

Grigat held senior positions at several major chemical companies and holds several patents for treating textiles, carpets and floor coverings.

2nd February 2016

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Bloomfield Hills, MI

Clothing/​Footwear, Interiors

Michael Grigat has been hired as the new Vice President of Research and Development and Hardy Sullivan has been promoted to Vice President of Market Development. Both work in the company’s Kings Mountain, NC, research and manufacturing facility.

Michael Grigat

Grigat joins Crypton from Rudolf-Venture Chemical, where he was the Technical Director responsible for market expansion of the company’s chemical product range in the US, upgrading environmental and product safety procedures and the planning and coordination of a new plant site.

“Michael has extensive knowledge of surface protective polymers and we look forward to leveraging his know how to constantly improve upon our existing technology as well as create new performance platforms to offer our customers the most advanced products in the world,” commented Craig Rubin, Chairman of Crypton.

Responsibilities and achievements

Grigat’s responsibilities at Crypton and Nanotex include overseeing all aspects of chemistry development. He will work closely with suppliers to develop best in class performance, utilize his extensive industry knowledge to create new formulations that will provide the framework for both Crypton and Nanotex to bring leading performance properties to the industry.    

Prior to Rudolf, Grigat held senior positions at several major chemical companies including Clariant and Hoechst-Celanese, where he led the research and product development of new fluorine-based protective agents, specialty polymers and textile specialty chemicals. Grigat holds several patents for treating textiles, carpets and floor coverings. He is an active member of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC).

Hardy Sullivan

“Hardy’s new role is vital to Crypton and Nanotex as we expand globally. Having led the introductions of Wick+Block to the NFL and the award-winning Crypton Revl vinyl, he has a proven track record for expanding Crypton’s offerings,” said Craig Rubin.

In his new role, Sullivan will be responsible for identifying and developing new markets and applications for all Crypton Technologies. In addition to his focus on market development, he will maintain responsibility for advancing Crypton’s sustainability efforts.


The Crypton Companies have patented and branded environmentally responsible textile performance solutions since 1993. The company’s flagship product, Crypton Fabric, is used in the healthcare, hospitality, government, education and contract segments. Crypton Home fabric is a leading provider of fabrics for the home furnishing industry and available at national retailers.

In 2014, Crypton acquired Nanotex, which was among the first to market nanotechnology solutions for textiles when it was founded in 1998.

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