Spartech: New product development center

Spartech Corporation announced that a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held earlier today to formally open the Company’s new Product Development Center (’PDC’) located in Warsaw, Indiana. The ceremony was held in conjunction with the Company’s Annual Technical Conference where over 230 customer representatives along with local dignitaries, investors, and suppliers attended the Grand Opening of the 30,000 square foot facility. Spartech invested more than $8 million in the PDC to complement the technical capabilities of the Company’s more than 5,500 customers and to accelerate the development of its new Alloy Plastics and Product Transformations. It is anticipated that annually as many as 1,500 visitors will come to the Center to work on process improvement initiatives, new product developments, and Product Transformations. Bradley B. Buechler, Chairman, President and CEO, stated that ‘Spartech’s new Product Development Center has been designed to serve our current and future customers by developing thermoplastic and advanced polymer products that meet the needs of a rapidly growing global marketplace. Our PDC team will work closely with our business partners to (A) provide innovative product and process solutions, (B) accelerate new products to market, (C) optimize product formulations, and (D) complement our customers’ technical capabilities. The Center will initially consist of two large sheet extrusion lines and a smaller lab line; two profile extrusion lines; a four station rotary and one single station thermoformer; complete lab capabilities with a full range of physical and mechanical testing; and a VEC cell, which represents today’s state-of-the-art closed-mold plastics processing technology, for gel coat/FRP replacement. While the PDC certainly represents a sizable investment for the Company, we believe the payback will be considerable, as more extensive customer product development, new technologies and solutions, and the acceleration of products to market, leads us to increased business and more satisfied customers.’
Mr. Buechler added, ‘The Product Development Center will also further enhance our ability to more rapidly develop new innovative Alloy Plastics. These proprietary products that combine advanced engineered compounds and additives with innovative manufacturing techniques have continued to support and drive Product Transformations, which expands business growth opportunities for both our customers and the entire plastics industry. Finally, the PDC will centralize our knowledge base for new developments, further integrate the R&D efforts between our custom sheet and specialty compound groups, and improve the Company’s production efficiencies by eliminating most of the sample and new product development time previously performed 100% at our production facilities.’
For more information on the Company’s Product Development Center and new product developments, or to receive a copy of our PDC Informational Flyer, please contact Spartech Corporation at (314) 721-4242.
Spartech Corporation is a leading producer of engineered thermoplastic materials, polymeric compounds, and molded & profile products, which has 48 facilities located throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe, with annual production and sales of approximately 1.4 billion pounds and $1 billion, respectively.

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