CLEVELAND – Demand for innovative polymer solutions is increasing among outdoor sporting and tactical equipment makers and their consumers. In response, PolyOne today announced the creation of a dedicated team that will continue to build on recent successes and drive performance for watersports, off-road equipment, hunting, and fishing products used by outdoor sports enthusiasts, law enforcement professionals, and men and women who serve in the military.
The team will focus on improvements such as light-weighting and metal replacement, sound and vibration dampening, non-lead alternatives, ergonomics, and aesthetics.
Through close collaboration with manufacturers of crossbows and arrows, firearm components, ammunition and accessories, PolyOne has developed in-house expertise to deliver on specific needs within these targeted markets. Leading the new team is general manager Mike Bradley, a 20-year veteran of PolyOne with 35 years of polymer industry experience, a former sheriff’s deputy in Michigan, and an avid outdoorsman.
“This industry is characterized by its passionate, loyal and performance-minded consumers,” said Robert M. Patterson, president and chief executive officer, PolyOne Corporation. “We are further investing in this dynamic industry to accelerate growth and product development, and to help manufacturers meet the needs of these consumers.
“Mike’s unique combination of law enforcement experience and customer service in the polymer industry make him uniquely qualified to lead PolyOne’s Outdoor High Performance team,” Mr. Patterson added.
Mr. Bradley commented, “Being able to innovate and collaborate with customers in an industry I know and love is a dream come true, and the opportunities for improving product performance are endless. Our suite of polymer solutions and value-added services are a perfect match to deliver on the demands of this high performance market.”
PolyOne’s new team will dedicate its focused resources to identify growth opportunities through its collaborative approach to innovation, formulation expertise, and broad portfolio of polymer solutions and value-added services.
PolyOne Corporation, with 2014 revenues of $3.8 billion, is a premier provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions. The company is dedicated to serving customers in diverse industries around the globe, by creating value through collaboration, innovation and an unwavering commitment to excellence. Guided by its Core Values, Sustainability Promise and No Surprises PledgeSM, PolyOne is committed to its customers, employees, communities and shareholders through ethical, sustainable and fiscally responsible principles. For more information, visit www.polyone.com.
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