A. Schulman Inc. (Akron, OH, US), a supplier of high-performance plastic compounds, composites, powders and resins, reports that it will open its first Engineered Composites Innovation and Collaboration Center in late summer. The center will be located in Bay City, MI, US. The center will offer customers the opportunity to develop solutions to challenging applications, with a focus on lightweight materials and parts consolidation.
“Our Innovation and Collaboration Center will initially focus on our Engineered Thermoset Composites product line, recently acquired through the Citadel Plastics acquisition,” says Frank Roederer, senior vice president and general manager, Engineered Composites. “Our future plans for the Collaboration and Innovation Center include expanding our focus to include all of A. Schulman’s materials.”
A. Schulman will have a core innovation team including material experts, design and stress engineers and manufacturing specialists who will work directly with partner customers to accelerate the timeframe from concept to production. The company will provide full engineering services to facilitate this process and apply a material-neutral approach, thus providing the best solution based on customer needs.
“From single components to complete tear-down analyses, we will facilitate a process to guide the customer from an initial needs assessment to developed solutions. We believe that by having all disciplines participating upfront in a collaborative environment, conceptual changes to design or materials can immediately be evaluated by the team for cost and production feasibility,” says Doug Gries, director of market development, Engineered Composites. “The approach is to lay out customer goals from the start and work in close partnership to find the best solution for their needs.”