How does the plastics supply chain work ?
How do raw material producers to compounders / formulators to
distributors fit together?
As engineers, where would they go to find specific plastics to meet
Any info would help.Tks.
they work hand in hand... zogether we are strong...
to my PC searching in the campus database...
If nothing fits I woul dto develop special formulations with experiance mine
and that f my suppliers
I am not a bug I am a undocumented feature
It depends on who you work for and how big they are.
When I use to work for a large international corporation (3M), we
would work directly with the Dows, DuPonts, etc. and would negotiate
very low prices for trainloads of resins. It was easy to get lots of
support from their technical service people, free samples and could
even get them to develop new resins as needed. I also had ~10,000
other scientists within the company to consult with just by punching 5
numbers on the phone.
Now that I work for a small medical startup company (St.Croix Medical
which I wish was located as the name implies in the Virgin Islands
since the windchill is -40 this morning here in Minneapolis), I still
call the Dows and Duponts, but soon thereafter get calls from their
local distributors that will be supplying us in the future. Technical
service is still pretty good if it is limited to simple questions,
free samples are harder to come by (we often have to pay the shipping)
and I know better than to ask for the development of a new resin.
(I've also learned to try and not say that I work for a medical device
company since that will quickly end the conversation with many
litigation-shy companies). I the only chemist in a company of
electrical engineers so if I want to consult with someone, it's off to
the University Library, 20 miles away and the work still piles up in
the office and lab while I'm doing that.
As Michael has already suggested, there are internet resouces
available as well for both the large and small alike.