2016 News

A. Schulman Announces Innovation And Collaboration Center For Engineered Composites

AKRON, Ohio -- March 3, 2016 -- A. Schulman Inc. (Nasdaq: SHLM), a leading international supplier of high-performance plastic compounds, composites, powders, and resins, today announced that it will open its first Engineered Composites Innovation and Collaboration Center in late summer. The center will be located in Bay City, Michigan. Thus, the Company's customers will have the opportunity to develop unique solutions to challenging applications with a focus on light-weight materials and parts consolidation.

"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. "Our future plans for the Collaboration and Innovation Center include expanding our focus to include all of A. Schulman's materials."

A. Schulman will have a core innovation team including material experts, design and stress engineers, and manufacturing specialists who will work directly with their partner customers to accelerate the timeframe from concept to production. 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.

"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. 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," said Doug Gries, Director of Market Development, Engineered Composites. "The approach is to lay out customer goals from the start and work in close partnership to find the best solution for their needs."

A. Schulman has over 55 years of composites experience and a history of developing unique solutions in markets such as automotive, aerospace, electrical, energy and industrial. The Company has five Innovation and Collaboration Centers located in Mexico, Belgium, Germany and two in the United States.


AKRON, Ohio – February 25, 2016 – A. Schulman Inc. (Nasdaq-GS: SHLM), a leading international supplier of high-performance plastic compounds, composites, powders, and resins, will present its broad range of materials at the JEC World Exhibition on March 8-10, 2016, in Paris, France. Using the theme "Our Definition of Success is Helping You Achieve Yours," A. Schulman will be located in Hall 6 – Stand 79, where it will showcase its Engineered Composites business, which is home to an enhanced materials portfolio as a result of the Company's recent acquisition of Citadel Plastics.

"We are excited to present for the first time our Engineered Composites' new and unique portfolio to the existing Engineered Plastics solutions for A. Schulman's joint customer base," said Bernard Rzepka, president and chief executive officer. "This enhanced and complementary portfolio enables us to provide innovative solutions to our customers using various technologies."

"With our Engineered Plastics and Engineered Composites materials offering, we are in an exceptional position to meet the increasing need for lightweight, high-strength and high-temperature materials for demanding applications," said Frank Roederer, senior vice president and general manager, Engineered Composites. "Our keen focus on markets and applications allows us to quickly identify the material synergies and offer our customers a wide range of high-performance offerings across various markets such as mobility, electronics & electrical, sports & leisure and energy."

A. Schulman's comprehensive portfolio of thermoset composites consists of:

  • Quantum Composites including Quantum's award-winning carbon fiber Advanced Molding Compounds®—AMC® 8590 and AMC® 8593 —and glass fiber vinyl ester QC 8560
  • Engineered Structural Compounds® (ESC®)
  • Bulk Molding Compounds (BMC)
  • Sheet Molding Compounds (SMC)
  • Thick Molding Compounds® (TMC®)
  • Custom Molded parts, Precision Machining and Fabrication of Complex Assemblies

  • A. Schulman's international team will be present at the stand to meet and inform customers about the Company's latest innovations as well as the existing range of proven, high-quality products for the industry.