A. Schulman, Inc. (Nasdaq: SHLM) serves the industrial design community with plastic compounds and powders that address critical performance, appearance and processing requirements.
The company is featuring these solutions at Booth 22 at IDSA 2010, the annual conference of the Industrial Designers Society of America, which is being held August 4-7, 2010, in Portland, Oregon.
A. Schulman's full range of design-enabling polymer materials includes engineered plastics, masterbatch additives/concentrates, and rotomolding products. Among the featured solutions and parts on display at the show will be:
- AgriPlas™ wheat straw bio-filler, which was first featured in the Ford Flex crossover vehicle and is now being expanded for use in small engine covers, a new lawn mower housing and other consumer applications
- Rotomolding grades for metal replacement – because they reduce weight, do not need to be painted, and improve design/part consolidation in the manufacture of large industrial, consumer and medical cabinets
- Proprietary masterbatch anti-counterfeiting compounds that offer enhanced security and traceability features
"One of the primary themes of this year's conference is enabling technologies, which are what our materials and our commitment to innovation mean to industrial designers," said Paul R. Boulier, Chief Marketing Officer for A. Schulman. "With our high-performance plastic compounds and powders, designers' products work better and look better, and they are easier and more efficient to manufacture. We help designers pick the right, cost-effective polymer for their particular end-use application, based on the products' critical performance, appearance and processing requirements."
A. Schulman's polymer solutions on display at the show cover the following areas:
Performance, including weight reduction, metal replacement, dimensional stability, part consolidation, antimicrobial/antibacterial, and flame retardants
- Appearance, which includes custom colors and special effects, high gloss or matte finishes, scratch and mar resistance, and paint-free technology/paint replacement expertise
- Processing, covering a broad range of conversion process, including multi-shot injection molding, extrusion, thermoforming, rotomolding and blow molding, thus providing production scalability, efficient cycle times and recycling/low scrap benefits