A. Schulman, Inc. (Nasdaq-GS: SHLM) has announced that it is working with customers, suppliers and other technical partners at two global innovation centers in Germany and Mexico.
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The innovation centers are the recently opened A. Schulman Academy located in Kerpen, Germany (near Cologne), and the POLYnnova Group in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, one of the main industrial centers in central Mexico. These centers will enable the Company and its partners and customers to undertake research and development activities that are of shared interest.
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"We are very pleased to have these opportunities to work so closely with some of our key customers and suppliers to address the very important need for market-driven innovation," said Patricia M. Mishic, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. "Expanding these critical relationships will help align our global technology and product development efforts with the current requirements and emerging needs of our customers and end-markets. The symbiotic relationships and our joint commitment to innovation will enable us to bring new solutions to markets quicker and more effectively as well as leverage these solutions to additional geographies and markets with similar unmet needs."
Mishic continued, "I am very pleased to congratulate Thilo Stier, Technical Director for A. Schulman in Kerpen, Germany, and Miguel Waldo, Technology Manager for A. Schulman in Mexico, for providing inspiration for these new centers and bringing the key partners together, so that we may all benefit from the additional collaboration."
At the A. Schulman Academy in Germany, participants will be able to combine research and innovation in plastics engineering and application technology with specific product developments and intensive user training. The Academy will provide access to state-of-the-art machinery and laboratory space. The customer-specific optimization of manufacturing processes will also be an important part of the Academy's training and development schedule.
In Mexico, the POLYnnova Group is based on an open innovation model and manages the development of collaborative business projects through networks comprised of customers, suppliers, academic institutions and research centers. Initial areas of emphasis will be technology for agriculture and aquaculture materials, sustainable material technologies, and nanomaterials.