Thermoset molding compound specialist IDI Composites International (Noblesville, IN, US) announced on July 11 the opening of its IDI 3i Composites Technology Center. IDI created the 3i Composites Technology Center to help customers solve their engineering and performance challenges.
Launched in conjunction with IDI’s 50th anniversary, the IDI 3i Composites Technology Center is located in the company's Noblesville headquarters and is part of the newly dedicated John K. Merrell Center. The 3i Tech Center will serve as the R&D division of IDI Composites International.
The IDI 3i Composites Technology Center was founded to meet increased demand from OEMs for stronger, lower density and higher performing materials. It is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and connected technology to partner with OEMs and molders to streamline and efficiently manage the breakthrough cycle for the formulation, testing and manufacture of composite materials.
“As markets for our products expand, so does the demand for innovative new materials that can meet and exceed the challenges posed by a variety of environments and applications,” says Tom Merrell, IDI’s president. “And as our customer base continues to widen, the need to create, produce and test new chemistries, formulas and parts prototyping plays an ever important role in the manufacturing to market cycle.”
“The 3i Composites Technology Center will promote the sharing of ideas in early stage innovation through inquiry, ideas and innovation — 3i,” said Larry Landis, IDI's director, technology and quality, of the origin of the Center's name. “Our 3i Tech Center will have a major impact on future breakthroughs that will benefit the entire composites industry.”
IDI Composites International (IDI) is a global custom formulator and manufacturer of thermoset molding compounds for OEMs and molders. The company provides customized polyester/vinyl ester-based bulk molding compounds (BMC), sheet molding compounds (SMC) and a new line of structural thermoset composites (STC). IDI has manufacturing facilities in the US, France, Puerto Rico and China.