A, SCHULMAN, INC.: A. Schulman and 3M Partnership to Design Lightweight and Insulating Compund Solutions

Source: A. Schulman, Inc.  

A. Schulman, Inc. issued the following announcement on Feb. 27.

A. Schulman, Inc. (Nasdaq-GS: SHLM), a leading international supplier of high-performance plastic compounds and powders is partnering with 3M to develop innovative insulation and weight-reduced compounds that incorporate 3MTM Glass Bubbles, engineered hollow glass microspheres. The partnership is focusing on the DACH region and western Europe.

Based on both companies’ experience in the field of weight reduction, A. Schulman and 3M are combining their respec-tive core competences – 3M’s marketing power and technology to produce best-in-class glass microspheres and A. Schulman’s compounding capabilities, services and customer contacts.

“First innovations which are now in production, such as scuff plates in vehicles, show great potential for further light-weight applications’, says Heinrich Lingnau, Vice President and General Manager EMEA at A. Schulman. “Due to the combination of 3M’s hollow glass beads and our innovative filler systems, a weight reduction of 15 percent can be achieved without compromising on product properties.”

Some of A. Schulman’s newly developed reduced-density compounds can be used in existing tools without any changes in process or tool design. Reduced density leads to reduced fuel consumption, and thereby the CO2 emissions, of com-bustion engines – or the increase the range of electric-powered vehicles without high investments.

In addition to automotive light weighting, A. Schulman also focuses on developing compounds with improved insulating properties for the construction industry. By using 3M Glass Bubbles in an existing compound, thermal conductivity can be reduced by 23 percent.

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