A. Schulman, Inc. a leading international supplier of high-performance plastics compounds and resins, today announced the appointment of Tony Daponte as the Company’s first Research & Development Director Masterbatch for the Asia-Pacific (“APAC”) region. In this capacity, he will collaborate with the existing application centers 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.
Bernard Rzepka, President and Chief Executive Officer of A. Schulman stated, “This action aligns with our aim to further develop our R&D capabilities with global and local reach. Our network of Innovation & Collaboration Centers is essential in providing our customers with market-leading technologies thus providing differentiation and value for them.”
“Tony’s appointment to R&D Director Masterbatch APAC is both a testament to the industry thought leadership he has demonstrated over the years, as well as the Company’s commitment to advancing its R&D capabilities and innovation potential in APAC,” said Derek Bristow, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Asia Pacific for A. Schulman. “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.”
Product innovation is a critical component of A. Schulman’s organic growth strategy. Through its global R&D centers, 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.
Source: A. Schulman, Inc.