An Ohio-based supplier of high-performance plastic compounds and resins, A. Schulman Inc., will open a technology center in Bay City this summer to house a team of material experts, design and stress engineers, and manufacturing specialists.
"Our Innovation and Collaboration Center will initially focus on our engineered thermoset composites product line," says Frank Roederer, senior vice president and general manager of engineered composites at A. Schulman. He says future plans for the Collaboration and Innovation Center include expanding our focus to include all of A. Schulman's materials.
"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," says Doug Gries, director of market development for engineered composites at A. Schulman. "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."
The company's customers include markets such as packaging, mobility, construction, electronics, agriculture, personal care, and sports, among others. A. Schulman, founded in 1928, employs about 5,000 people and has nearly 60 manufacturing facilities globally.