A Schulman names first R&D director Asia Pacific region

A Schulman names first R&D director for Asia Pacific region

4:10 AM, 25th June 2015
A Schulman names first R&D director for Asia Pacific region
Bernard Rzepka, president and chief executive officer, A Schulman. (File photo)

AKRON, US: A Schulman Inc said it has appointed Tony Daponte as the company’s first research & development director masterbatch for the Asia-Pacific region. In this capacity, he will collaborate with the existing application centres in the region and assist in the development of a R&D facility dedicated to harnessing the technical know-how in APac.

Since 2001, Daponte has served as the company’s R&D director masterbatch for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). In this role, he has contributed to the ongoing development of innovative products and value-adding properties that support A Schulman’s diverse solutions portfolio. In 2012, he also was named the managing director for the company’s facility in Bornem, Belgium, the company said.

“This action aligns with our aim to further develop our R&D capabilities with global and local reach. Our network of innovation & collaboration centres is essential in providing our customers with market-leading technologies thus providing differentiation and value for them,” said Bernard Rzepka, president and chief executive officer, A Schulman.

“Tony’s appointment is a testament of the company’s commitment to advancing its R&D capabilities and innovation potential in APac. Tony is a proven team builder whose commitment and dedication will prove invaluable to us as we deepen our ability to serve the region with custom, niche solutions,” said Derek Bristow, senior vice president and general manager, Asia Pacific, A Schulman.

Product innovation is a critical component of A Schulman’s organic growth strategy. Through its global R&D centres, the company is able to accelerate the development of customer-centric solutions that address specific needs anywhere in the world. A Schulman provides customized masterbatch solutions that serve a diverse range of niche markets, including agriculture, appliances, mobility, building and construction, electrical & electronics, sports, leisure & home and packaging, it said.

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