Fairlawn, Ohio-based A. Schulman Inc. said it will open its first "Engineered Composites Innovation and Collaboration Center” in Bay City, Mich., this summer.
“Our Innovation and Collaboration Center will initially focus on our engineered thermoset composites product line, recently acquired through the Citadel Plastics acquisition," said Frank Roederer, senior vice president and general manager, Engineered Composites, in announcing the center. “Our future plans for the … include expanding our focus to include all of A. Schulman's materials."
The company did not specify what it will spend on the center, or how many people it will employ. It will include a “core innovation team” of experts on materials, design and stress engineering who will work closely with partner customers to accelerate product development efforts, according to a news release.
“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,” A. Schulman said in a news release.
The company provides high-performance plastic compounds, composites, powders and resins to other manufactures serving a variety of end markets, including the automotive industry. A. Schulman said its new center will work on “challenging applications with a focus on light-weight materials and parts consolidation,” which are initiatives now emphasized in much of the U.S. auto industry.