NPE2018 will feature new products from many compounders, including Star Plastics Inc. and Polymer Resources Ltd.
Star, based in Millwood, W.Va., is marking its 30th year in business by exhibiting at NPE for the first time. The firm (Booth S19205) does custom compounding work based on engineering resins, with a focus on flame-retardant grades.
"We really want people to know more about us," President and CEO Doug Ritchie said in a phone interview. "We've been in business for 30 years and have made a lot of connections, but we think there's more that we can be doing."
At NPE, Star is focusing on its non-chlorinated and non-brominated resin product line, which meets UL standards.
"These products have a lot of market value in electrical and electronic uses like servers and notebook computers," Ritchie said. "They're also environmentally friendly."
Star recently installed a new ERP computer system and added a twin-screw extrusion line, along with launching a rebranding campaign. The firm employs a total of 175 at two plants in West Virginia and two plants in China.
Farmington, Conn.-based Polymer Resources (Booth S15175) has expanded its Express Services offering, which officials said is a new expedited service for color matching and additional stocking programs for shorter delivery times.
"One of our core competencies is speed," Chief Operations Officer Scott Anderson said in a phone interview. "We can do a project for a customer in a week if needed, and we have warehousing across the country for just-in-time deliveries."
Current standard delivery times for the firm are two weeks for black materials and four weeks for custom colors, but national sales Vice President William Galla said Polymer Resources "can get the material there when our customers need it … we can create solution customized to them."
The firm also recently added new employees and equipment at its color lab, including a new injection press to help make better color chips.
In end markets, Galla said Polymer Resources "is committed to the electrical market," which he described as "a strong winner for us."
"We have UL-listed materials [for electrical] and have made great strides in materials for non-invasive health care," Galla said.
Polymer Resources has averaged double-digit sales growth in recent years, and Anderson said he expects that trend to continue. The firm also is considering adding a third production site, in addition to its locations in Farmington and in Rochester, N.Y.
"We're not afraid of long-term projects," Anderson said. "We've been in business for 44 years and look forward to the next 44."