AKRON, Ohio, March 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- A. Schulman, Inc. (Nasdaq-GS: SHLM), a leading international supplier of high-performance plastic compounds, powders, composites and resins, announced that the Company was selected to participate in an exclusive event with influential economic development executives and investors at the French Strategic Attractiveness Council at the Elysée Palace in Paris. The annual event is critical to France's ability to drive international capital investment, and serves to strengthen the country's economic attractiveness. A. Schulman's President and Chief Executive Officer Bernard Rzepka was one of only 26 senior business leaders from 16 countries to meet with M. Francois Hollande, President of France, and M. Manuel Valls, Prime Minister of France, the Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs, Emmanuel Macron, as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, the Ministry of State for Foreign Trade, the Ministry of State for Transport, Marine Affairs and Fisheries and other members of the French government.
"We are honored that A. Schulman has been chosen to participate in the Strategic Attractiveness Council," says Bernard Rzepka. "France is indeed an essential location for our manufacturing and commercial activities in Europe. We have been present in France for more than 50 years and are employing approximately 300 people in the country."
"Over the years, we have become the largest producer of Specialty Plastics in France," stated Heinrich Lingnau, General Manager and Senior Vice President EMEA, A. Schulman. "We are currently producing Masterbatches in Givet (Ardennes) and Oyonnax (Ain), Engineering Plastics in L'Arbresle (Rhône), and are consolidating our Specialty Powders activities in a new, state-of-the-art facility in Saint Germain Laval (Seine-et-Marne).
"We are proud to be the leading producer of Masterbatches in Europe. In fact, our production site in Givet (Ardennes) is the industry's biggest manufacturing facility of its kind and, yet in order to meet the growing demand for our products in France and the broader European Market, we are now adding another major compounding line there," he concluded.
The A. Schulman site in Givet has produced Masterbatches for the plastics industry since 1989, mainly focusing on white and black Masterbatch as well as additive Masterbatches which are used in various industries such as packaging, hygiene products and agricultural films to name a few. The A. Schulman's Givet site is certified ISO 9001 and will soon be certified ISO 22000.
About A. Schulman, Inc.
A. Schulman, Inc. is a leading international supplier of high-performance plastic compounds and resins headquartered in Akron, Ohio. Since 1928, the Company has been providing innovative solutions to meet its customers' demanding requirements. The Company's customers span a wide range of markets such as packaging, mobility, building & construction, electronics & electrical, agriculture, personal care & hygiene, sports, leisure & home, custom services and others. The Company employs approximately 5,000 people and has 58 manufacturing facilities globally. A. Schulman reported net sales of approximately $2.4 billion for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2015. Additional information about A. Schulman can be found at www.aschulman.com.
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