Sheet producer Sekisui Polymer Innovations LLC will begin operating as Sekisui Kydex LLC on April 1.
Sekisui Chemical Co. Ltd. acquired the Kydex brand in 1990. Officials with the Bloomsburg, Pa.-based business said in a March 13 news release that the two firms "have been on a journey toward this culminating moment ever since."
Officials added that when Ronn Cort became president and chief operating officer of Sekisui SPI in 2012, he was presented an opportunity to work with Tokyo-based Sekisui Chemical more closely. "I wanted our customers and communities to experience the commitment to the environment and society that I saw at Sekisui Chemical," he said in the release.
Kydex sheet products currently range from PVC to polycarbonate materials, as well as high-impact performance plastics. In addition to Bloomsburg, the business also operates a plant in Holland, Mich.
Sekisui Kydex also has opened application and design lab innovation centers. Officials said these are collaborative spaces for clients and customers to do rapid prototyping and to inspire color, trim and finish designers.
Sekisui SPI was formed in 2014 from a combination of the previous Kydex LLC and Allen Extruders LLC sheet businesses.