2015 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.


The transaction is expected to be accretive in Company's fiscal 2016

Akron, Ohio – June 1, 2015 – A. Schulman, Inc. (Nasdaq: SHLM), a leading international supplier of high-performance plastic compounds, powders and resins, announced today that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of HGGC Citadel Plastics Holdings, Inc. ("Citadel"), a portfolio company of private equity firms HGGC and Charlesbank Capital Partners, for $800 million. A. Schulman expects the transaction to be accretive in the first 12 months of ownership and to realize approximately $25 million in synergies within the next 18 months.

"We are thrilled to add Citadel to our portfolio of highly specialized businesses, and welcome the talented group of associates to the A. Schulman team," said Bernard Rzepka, president and chief executive officer of A. Schulman. "With significant revenue in the United States, Citadel greatly enhances our regional scale and efficiencies, as well as balances our current global geographic footprint. Citadel also provides a strong entry point to our 'Expanded Vision' initiative by adding a second strategic growth platform to our organization with its industry-leading, value-added specialty engineered composites business."

"The Citadel team is very excited to become an important part of A. Schulman," said Mike Huff, chief executive officer of Citadel. "We are confident that our history of growth and innovation will only be enhanced by our new partnership with A. Schulman and we thank HGGC and Charlesbank for their support in helping us reach this new phase of our business."

Since 2010, A. Schulman has been executing a deliberate acquisitive growth strategy to aggressively grow in key geographic regions and expand the Company's global specialty product portfolio and capabilities. The Citadel acquisition builds upon this successful strategy, and provides our customers with an extended, value-added product offering.

HSBC Securities (USA), Inc. acted as exclusive M&A advisor to A. Schulman, Inc. in connection with this transaction. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated served as financial advisors. Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP served as A. Schulman's outside legal counsel in connection with the acquisition, Jones Day served as legal counsel in connection with the 2015 Senior Notes and the Convertible Special Stock, and Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP served as legal counsel in connection with the Credit Facilities.

Citadel Plastics to be Acquired by A. Schulman

WEST CHICAGO, Ill. — March 16, 2015 — Citadel Plastics Holdings, Inc. ("Citadel" or "the Company"), a leading global provider of thermoplastic and engineered composite compounds, today announced that its owners, private equity firms HGGC and Charlesbank Capital Partners, have entered into a definitive agreement to sell the Company to global plastics supplier A. Schulman (NASDAQ: SHLM). The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015.

Citadel, acquired by HGGC and Charlesbank in 2012, is a West Chicago, Ill.-based provider of comprehensive materials solutions operating 21 production facilities in North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. The Company offers a broad portfolio of proprietary compounds to diverse blue-chip customers spanning multiple industries including transportation, industrial & construction, consumer, electrical, energy and healthcare & safety.

During HGGC and Charlesbank's ownership, and in partnership with Citadel management, the Company has significantly expanded its capabilities, geographic reach and customer base through both organic growth and strategic acquisitions. Citadel added Lucent Polymers in 2013 and The Composites Group ("TCG") in late 2014. The combination of these businesses accelerated the evolution of Citadel into an industry leader with more than 1,300 customers and over 2,000 active products that have grown revenues 70 percent since the initial investment.

"The management team and I are extremely proud of the tremendous growth and expansion that has taken place at Citadel over the past three years," said Mike Huff, CEO of Citadel. "Working closely with HGGC and Charlesbank, we have built a much stronger business that is well-positioned for continued success in partnership with A. Schulman.""

KeyBanc Capital Markets, Inc. is financial advisor to Citadel. Kirkland & Ellis LLP is legal counsel to Citadel.

Citadel, Quantum Composites to Exhibit at JEC Europe

Quantum recognized as Rapid Composites' partner for 2015 Innovation Award

BAY CITY, MI — March 3, 2015 — Quantum Composites, part of Citadel Plastics Holdings, Inc., is exhibiting at next week's JEC Europe Composites Show and Conference, scheduled for March 10 – 12, at Porte de Versailles in Paris. This year marks the 50th meeting of JEC Europe, considered the leading tradeshow and conference for the composites industry worldwide.

The Citadel and Quantum Composites exhibit is booth C21, located in Pavilion 7.2.

Quantum Composites' customer Rapid Composites earned the JEC Europe 2015 Innovation Award in the UAV category for its rugged amphibious tri-copter/quad-configurable UAV drone. The drone features three of Quantum's carbon and glass fiber Advanced Molding Compounds®—AMC® 8590, AMC® 8593 and QC 8560.

"We wanted a product that could be man-portable with minimal parts for easy assembly and an unrivaled versatility; rugged enough to require no transit case; capable of carrying a 7 kg maximum payload; and that could perform amphibious take-off and landing as well as fly for more than 30 minutes," said Alan Taylor, president, Rapid Composites. "Quantum Composites and its engineered structural composites materials were instrumental in helping us to achieve our goals."

Quantum is named as Rapid Composites' partner and will feature one of these award-winning drones at its exhibit.

"We are honored to share in Rapid Composites' success," said Wisdom Dzotsi, vice president and general manager, Quantum Composites. "Citadel and Quantum welcome the chance to partner with our customers and deliver the customized solutions they need. Working with Alan and his team has proven to be one such partnership."

The JEC Innovation Awards ceremony to formally honor recipients will be held on Tuesday, March 10, at 5 pm, at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, hall 7.3, at the Agora. Exhibitors and visitors are invited to attend.

Click here for a full list of this year's JEC Europe Innovation Awards.

Citadel Plastics to Host Grand Opening for New China Facility

Site to support customers, expand reach

WEST CHICAGO, IL — January 13, 2015 —Citadel Plastics Holdings, Inc., a leading global provider of thermoplastic and engineered composite compounds, has opened a new manufacturing facility in Changshu, a city in the Jiangsu Province of China, as part of a joint venture with EMEI Group.

Citadel will hold a grand opening celebration at the Changshu plant – its 20th facility worldwide – on Jan. 20, 2015. This site will better serve Citadel's current automotive and electrical customers in the northern region outside Shanghai, while allowing the company to expand its reach.

"The new Changshu site is a prime opportunity for Citadel to continue our successful partnership with EMEI, provide improved local customer support and response, and expand our Engineered Composites footprint in China," said Mike Huff, CEO of Citadel. The company's Dongguan facility, located in southern China outside Hong Kong, opened in 1998.

The Changshu site, known locally as BMC Composite Materials (Changshu) Co. Ltd., will have 25 employees in place this year. It has begun production of bulk molding compound (BMC), part of Citadel's legacy composites business.

"Location is key, whether you're buying a home or building a business," said Kevin Andrews, President, Citadel Engineered Composites. "Simply put, we can better service our customers by being closer to them geographically. We want Citadel's compounds to be both available and accessible in the region."

The new plant is 40,000 ft2 (approximately 3,700 m2) and can expand its manufacturing capabilities to include sheet molding compound (SMC) and thermoplastics to meet future market needs.

"We welcome this opportunity to collaborate with Citadel once again and are looking forward to getting the Changshu facility operating at full production," said Johnny Lo, Director, EMEI Group.

Citadel's Dongguan plant employs 60 and currently manufactures BMC for the appliance, electrical and automotive markets.