Corporate Social Responsibility or CSR is fast becoming an important part of the business world. The underlying idea is to make the industry do something for the society they operate in. The plastic industry in the US has been in the forefront of such philanthropic activities. An annual golf tournament in Sterling, Massachusetts is being sponsored by a cable company, James Monroe Wire & Cable Corp., this year. Until last year, the tournament’s sponsor was the polymerization specialist that sells s&e specialty polymers. The news report says this year the organizers of the golf event managed to collect $33, 800 and gave it to a charitable purpose. This is one way for the businesses to say ‘thank you’ to those who are less fortunate and deserving within the community.
Polymerization and Compounding of Plastics
It has now been established that when two or more plastic compounds are mixed under certain conditions, the resultant plastic product displays superior properties and can be put to a lot of applications. A glance at the s&e company website gives an idea of the wide range of products that the compounded polymers cater to. Custom compounding and toll compounding are the key services the customers can get from the company.
A Wide Array of Applications Covered
The s&e polymers website also provides the spectrum of the end products that benefit from their polymers. These range from the automotive industry, the cables and wires manufacturing, automotive and industrial batteries and industrial products are all direct customers. They either buy the readymade compounds or get custom compounding done to suit their particular application. With the s&e polymers headquarters in Lunenburg, Massachusetts, the company keeps upgrading their facilities in terms of the manufacturing and testing capabilities to meet the most challenging of requirements.
Specific Properties Targeted by the Polymers
As mentioned above, the key focus is on developing plastic compounds to be used in particular conditions. For instance, the compound Chlorinated Polyethylene has been specially made with the purpose of being used in the cables and wires industry. The special property of this compound is that the outer sheath and inner sleeves made with this plastic can stand heat and in particular, the outer sheath can also be made flame resistant.
Joint Technical Collaboration
In many such similar cases, the customers work very closely with s&e specialty polymers during the process of developing the products itself. This is done with all other product lines also. The principle is that the cable manufacturer knows more about cables and wires and what their customers want in them, while s&e specialty polymers companies will be experts in plastics and the possibilities that can be achieved. There is a lot of innovation that has to constantly take place and such collaborative efforts end up as a win-win situation for both the supplier and customer.
Plastic compounds have been specifically developed for challenging applications where either there were no such products earlier or as replacements to heavier and costlier alternatives. The customers who buy these plastic compounds to manufacture their end products also benefit immensely from the innovative compounds.