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IDI Composites International introduces new R&D center

News International-French

29 Oct 2015

Multi-million dollar center will support application innovation with a possibilities focus.

IDI Composites International (IDI), a global custom formulator and manufacturer of thermoset molding compounds, is celebrating the completion of a new research and development (R&D) center at its global headquarters in Noblesville, Ind. (USA). The multi-million dollar facility is adjoined to the 110,000 square foot manufacturing plant and serves a mission to advance existing technologies and discover innovative new materials that meet the evolving desires of design engineers across a breadth of industries.

Research and development efforts at the new center will focus on exploring and advancing material possibilities in four key areas:

  • Materials Expertise: Proprietary processes, in-house expertise and advanced technology equip the research and development center to offer materials prototyping and create custom product simulations that meet customers’ unique design and application requirements.
  • Materials Evaluation: Customer prototypes can be safely, efficiently and effectively tested under a broad range of conditions including strength, colorfastness, environmental elements and other variables.
  • Aligning Engineering and Customer Requirements: Advanced technologies housed at the IDI research center enable customers to match material components with design and engineering requirements.
  • Discovery and Innovation:  In-house scientists and engineers focus on developing new materials that expand product design possibilities across a wide range of industries.

In addition to developing research and development strategy for IDI’s worldwide locations, the R&D center will provide expert technical assistance to IDI’s six production facilities around the globe. The completion of the center coincides with a milestone moment for IDI as the company prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2016. 

IDI President Tom Merrell says the investment reflects the company’s commitment to leading new market development in the composites industry. “In order for our industry to evolve and grow the way we all want it to, we have to be willing to commit resources to this end.  That is what we are doing with our new R&D center,” Merrell says, adding that the new center will expand IDI’s offerings. “Our objective is to provide a center of excellence that fuels innovation in materials development while offering advanced capabilities in prototype development and materials evaluation.”

About IDI Composites International:
Headquartered in Noblesville, IN (USA), IDI has a strong presence in the international thermoset composites market. Celebrating a half century of industry leadership in 2016, IDI works closely with customers to identify the optimal thermoset molding compound for each application. The company’s R&D center is complemented by a team seasoned in chemical engineering, ISO-certified manufacturing, and comprehensive quality control. To support a growing customer base worldwide, the company operates multiple, wholly-owned manufacturing facilities in North America, Puerto Rico, the UK, France, and China. IDI along with sister company Norplex-Micarta employ a global workforce of 700 employees

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