Color and additive concentrates maker Plastics Color Corp. has opened a new research and development center at its plant in Asheboro, N.C.
The center is equipped with the latest analysis and testing equipment and is staffed by experienced scientists and technicians, officials with Calumet City, Ill.-based PCC said in an Aug. 5 news release.
The new facility allows us to better serve existing and future customers by providing new product development and testing services that we couldn't offer at this time last year, Asheboro R&D head David Witt said in the release.
PCC development director Tim Workman added that the center is much more than a testing lab it's at the heart of our new emphasis on working with customers at the very beginning of their product development process. More equipment for the center already is on order, said PCC President Doug Borgsdorf.
PCC's lab in Calumet City also recently was accredited by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation. The A2LA tests a lab's quality control measures and other functions. PCC also operates a lab at its site in Nanjing, China.
The lab projects have been part of a busy 2010 for PCC. In May, the firm announced it would open a 30,000-square-foot color and additive concentrates plant in Sun Valley, Calif., by the end of the year. The new plant, in a building PCC previously had used as a warehouse, will operate two twin-screw extrusion lines and is expected to employ 14.
Companywide, PCC employs 130 and has annual sales of about $40 million. It operates more than 140 million pounds of annual production capacity.