Senior Product Development Engineer
KYDEX® Thermoplastics 30th Anniversary
30 Years of Collaboration and Innovation
The KYDEX® Thermoplastics story actually began more than 30 years ago, in 1965, when KYDEX® 100 was invented near Philadelphia at the Rohm & Haas Co. At its outset, this high-impact, fire-rated acrylic-modified PVC thermoplastic sheet was proven ideal for hard-to-form parts for a wide-range of applications including components in aircraft and mass transit interiors. It quickly gained a reputation as an extremely durable, chemical resistant, and fire retardant polymer innovation.
In 1987, the KYDEX® Thermoplastic production assets and the brand name were purchased by a small team of ex-Rohm & Haas employees, who started the Kleerdex Company in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. In 1990, the company was acquired by SEKISUI Chemical.
The team who purchased KYDEX® Thermoplastics recognized the profound potential in the product. Their entrepreneurial spirit and unfailing resolve to expand the product line to deliver more than our customers could imagine drove its early success and continues to influence today’s product lines.
Roots in transportation
After the production assets were installed in Bloomsburg, the team worked diligently to quickly expand the portfolio beyond the workhorse KYDEX® 100, which was already widely used by domestic airlines for aviation interior components. In 1990, they invented KYDEX® 6200 for mass transit interior components to meet newly-established low smoke regulations set forth by the Federal Transit Administration.
Soon after, the aviation portfolio grew with KYDEX® 657 and KYDEX® 6565 to meet and exceed the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) more stringent regulations for heat release and smoke density.
KYDEX® through the years
An interactive timeline
KYDEX® 100 invented by Rohm & Haas Company
Kleerdex purchases KYDEX® brand; Manufacturing begins in Bloomsburg
SEKISUI Chemical purchases Kleerdex
Invention of KYDEX® 6565
Kleerdex becomes KYDEX, LLC
KYDEX® XD03 Integral Pearlescent (building interiors)
Move to 24/7 schedule, designLab™ opens
KYDEX, LLC & ALLEN Extruders, LLC become SEKISUI SPI
Infused Imaging™ launched into Aviation market
Infused Imaging™ wins the prestigious Crystal Cabin Award
SEKISUI SPI celebrates 30 years of ownership of KYDEX® Thermoplastics
Innovation through process
Excellence in manufacturing, customer service, and design are just a few foundations that have made KYDEX® Thermoplastics a success. Through its early adoption of Kaizen methodology and continuous improvement, the company has always provided best-in-industry lead times and low minimum order quantities. In 1993, KYDEX, LLC was one of the first plastic manufacturers in North America to achieve ISO 9001 certification.
Innovation through design
Since its early days, KYDEX® Thermoplastics were known for having refined, integral color. The original nine-color palette quickly grew to 33 standard colors, and now includes over 4,000 library colors with virtually unlimited color matching capabilities. Over the decades, design capabilities have grown with the addition of decorative lamination and light-reflective pigments. With the recent addition of pattern-in-product with Infused Imaging™, design options are more far-reaching than ever before.
The sky's the limit with collaboration
Collaboration with our partners and inspiration from other industries have engendered development of new technologies, products, and applications. Today, KYDEX® Thermoplastics are virtually everywhere, from the planes in our skies to devices in your doctor’s office.
At the SEKISUI SPI designLab™, customers work with design and R&D teams on color and finish to begin, refine, or extend a design. Making the world safer is the focus in our FSTLab™, where we collaborate with suppliers, engineers, and end users on developing fire-resistant materials.
The first 30 years of KYDEX® Thermoplastics have been an inspiring journey. We’ve been most fortunate in our relationships and resources and are grateful to our customers, employees, and ownership. The future certainly looks bright for building on that legacy together for the decades to come.
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SEKISUI Chemical Group
A New Frontier, A New Lifestyle.
Since its founding, the SEKISUI Chemical Group has delivered a wide range of products and services to enrich people's lives and the social infrastructure. Our corporate philosophy of creating social value while responding to stakeholders' expectations, has us advancing our efforts on a daily basis.
The SEKISUI Chemical Group pledges to continue pioneering new frontiers through prominent technologies and quality, contributing to improve the lives of people around the world and global environment, and through these efforts realizing further growth.
The company's goal is to work together as one to be a company that can be trusted by the members of society and achieve continued growth.
When SEKISUI became the first Japanese company to establish operations in the U.S. fifty years ago, they had great aspirations for their business.
SEKISUI Polymer Innovations stands today as a successful result of what two cultures, united in a common goal, can achieve. At the core of our business model are two fundamental constants: Our mindset to continually improve our manufacturing quality through proven, rigorous Japanese processes (Kaizen, Monuzukari, etc.), and our commitment to educate and inspire our customers – rather than sell them.
A Leading Product Line That Creates Solutions
Our ALLEN® Thermoplastics product line provides a wide array of solutions that are more than just products. With ALLEN® Thermoplastics you can replace standard, heavier materials; making your products lighter, stronger, and more aesthetically pleasing.
Core Products That Raise Industry Standards
Our core products include ABS, ABSPC, TPO, and ALLEN® Alextra™ – a high-gloss, exceptionally durable sheet that raises the industry standard for aesthetics and extreme weather resistance.
Special Projects Require Custom Solutions
When pre-configured solutions just won't do, ALLEN® Thermoplastics can be customized for applications that have very specific requirements. By providing answers upfront to a few simple questions, you can help us understand your project better and determine which product is the best fit.
The Proven Choice For Leaders In The Industry
As part of the SEKISUI SPI product portfolio, KYDEX® Thermoplastics is the proven choice of industry leading designers and engineers. With our entire product line, customers have the ability to create and match colours across a wide range of demanding specifications for fire, smoke and toxicity.
Engineering Standards Meet Design Aesthetics
Over the years, KYDEX® Thermoplastics has earned an unrivaled reputation for quality, innovation and technical support. Our products come in over 40 grades, in unique colours, and are completely customized for the specifications of your application. Plus, our products are moldable and durable under extreme pressure delivering "best in class" performance for pressure forming.
With our multi-dimensional portfolio, the flexibility for both engineering standards and design aesthetics are found all in one thermoplastic sheet – and they will ship to meet your required timeframe anywhere in the world.
Committed To A Responsible Environmental Policy
At SEKISUI SPI, being "green" is no recent trend. In fact, being environmentally responsible is an essential part of our business philosophy. We strive to produce and sell all of our products while keeping with our commitment to and regard for safety, health, and environmental protection worldwide.
Did You Know...
SEKISUI SPI thermoplastics are 100% recyclable – making them a sound investment for your company AND the environment.
Our Optimized Manufacturing Processes
We always work to limit the environmental impact of our sheet manufacturing, by optimizing our processes to increase yield while reducing waste.
- In the mixing and extrusion processes, Kaizen projects are constantly identified to continuously improve material yield, and computerized process control is used to reduce waste
- In our internal recycling process, out-of-specification product is re-extruded and then reused as raw material.
- Waste flows and material recovery opportunities are routinely identified at all manufacturing facilities.
Did You Know...
During the winter, heat produced in the manufacturing process is recycled to heat our manufacturing facilities.
Protecting Our Natural Resources
Air – By using clean energies such as electricity in the manufacture of thermoplastics, insignificant particulate matter or carbon dioxide is emitted from the production process into the air.
Water – During the manufacture of SEKISUI SPI thermoplastics, we limit the use of water for processing; in fact, water never comes in contact with the process. Where water is used, it is recycled internally, and no surface water is discharged.
Energy – At two of our three facilities, raw material is shipped to us in rail cars to minimize fuel consumption.
Making Sustainable Products
Our thermoplastic sheets require lower processing temperatures when compared with most other polymers in the industry. This translates into lower energy consumption, that when combined with high-efficiency motors and sophisticated temperature controls allow us to create high quality products that are also very energy efficient.
We Hold Our Facilities to the Highest Standards.
Our manufacturing operations and R&D facilities are certified to the ISO 14001:2004 environmental management system, as well as the ISO 9001:2008 quality management system. Our commitment to the ISO 14001:2004 standards ensures that SEKISUI SPI complies with applicable laws and regulations while minimizing how our operations affect the environment.
ISO 9001:2008 / 14001:2004
We practice and honor above and beyond best practices for our industry, business and planet.
Why? We agree with the International Standards Organization and practice Kaizen.
ISO 9001:2008: Quality management system
ISO 14001: 2004: Environmental management system
The ISO 9000 and ISO 14000 families are among ISO's (International Organization for Standardization) most widely known and successful standards ever. ISO 9001:2008 has become an international reference for quality requirements in business-to-business dealings, and ISO 14001:2004 looks set to achieve at least as much, if not more, in helping organizations meet their environmental challenges. ISO 9001:2008 is concerned with "quality management." This means what the organization does to enhance customer satisfaction by meeting customer expectations and applicable regulatory requirements, continually improving its performance in this regard. ISO 14001:2004 is primarily concerned with "environmental management." This means what the organization does to minimize harmful effects on the environment caused by its activities, and continually improving its environmental objectives.
- Customer focus
- Involvement of people
- Process approach
- System approach to management
- Continual improvement
- Factual approach to decision making
- Mutually beneficial supplier relationships
Kaizen is Japanese for "improvement" or "change for the better." We can always do better. It's what fuels us, no matter our place in our ecosystem.
A New Chapter With A Rich Story To Tell.
The story of SEKISUI SPI is one that is still being told, but our origins can be traced back to the companies that we were created from – KYDEX® Thermoplastics and ALLEN® Thermoplastics.
1965 - KYDEX® 100 sheet invented at Rohm and Haas Company, outside Philadelphia, PA. With FAR 25.853 (a) and UL recognized fire rating and other mechanical properties it was destined for aircraft interior applications.
1970 – ALLEN® Thermoplastics opened its doors in Holland, Michigan and began raising the bar in the industry by exceeding the demands of thermoformers with flexibility of our production lines, and multi-layer capabilities.
Today as SEKISUI SPI, we're a formidable competitor and an understated leader in the industries we serve.
IT'S our spirit of collaboration and innovation that drives us to create new industry and market needs, and ENABLES us to deliver more than our customers can imagine. FROM manufacturing specialty thermoplastics that are lighter, stronger and more aesthetically pleasing, to reducing development time for new materials, to unleashing design possibilities as endless as one's imagination.
Our Mission and Values
Success Through Collaboration, Innovation, And Support.
By reliably producing and delivering value-added, niche-oriented, technically driven products, we will establish KYDEX® proprietary thermoplastics and ALLEN® thermoplastics as the world's leading sheet products for thermoforming, membrane pressing, miter folding, laminating and fabricating high-performance components for demanding OEM and building product applications.
At SEKISUI SPI we understand that our future is brightest when we work with our customers, as well as with each other. Our approach brings our customers, designers, and engineers to the table with our own designLab™ and FSTLab.
We will accomplish this by:
- Ensuring total customer satisfaction
- Providing superior value
- Caring for the environment
- Promoting a team spirit among all personnel
- Recognizing and rewarding excellence of individuals
The launch of SEKISUI SPI represents a new way to think, design and create using thermoplastics. But it's more than just a new way to do things. We have a 50-year heritage in thermoplastics, a passion to invest time in our customers' businesses and a legacy of manufacturing process innovation.
We Deliver Unique Solutions To Meet Your Every Need.
As SEKISUI SPI, our KYDEX® and ALLEN® Thermoplastics product brands are now aligned under a single entity that services 11 unique industries across five continents. With access to global resources and R&D information our designLab™ and FSTLab are able to lead more intense levels of collaboration and partnership with our customers.
We grow and invest time in our customers' businesses so we can deliver more than our customers can imagine. We challenge you to bring your ideas to us, so we can make them a reality
We have a broad range of products to handle an infinite range of possibilities in a number of industries. Our products come in the colour, shape, and size you need it to – when and where you need it to.
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