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Cleveland, OH - PolyOne has opened the doors of a state-of-the art Innovation Center at its Avon Lake, OH, headquarters. “The Innovation Center bridges the gap between concept and commercialization for our customers, and enables them to cut development time while boosting their profitability,” said Stephen D. Newlin, PolyOne chairman, president and chief executive officer. This facility will support PolyOne’s Global Specialty Platform customers with leading-edge capabilities for application development, testing, process optimization and color matching.

The new facility represents a first-phase investment of over $3 million. “The combined financial investment and technological expansion underscores our commitment to deliver specialized services and material solutions that create value for customers,” said Dr. Cecil C. Chappelow, vice president, innovation, sustainability and chief innovation officer. While the center will also add new capabilities for long-term product-related research and process development and enhance technical collaboration between PolyOne business units, its most important purpose is to support collaboration with customers.

To facilitate an interactive experience, it features modern, comfortable areas where customers can relax, brainstorm and work; a showroom area to help generate ideas; and a color chip display room to help explore possibilities in color and special effects. Customers will be able to obtain real-time color matches, complete with sample chips, during their visit to the center. The operations area includes three extruders with multiple pelletization and feeding options; three injection molding machines; select application capability (sheet, film, bottles); and a clean room/FDA development area.