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Geon Offers Free Manufacturing Assistance to SMEs Combating COVID-19

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Geon invites SMEs to leverage the intellectual and manufacturing know-how of its workforce to overcome barriers they have encountered meeting demand or getting virus-related products to market.

“We’re all in this together” has become a mantra of sorts as we navigate life under the COVID-19 cloud. People in the plastics industry are uniquely positioned to provide assistance by producing much-needed personal protective equipment and parts for medical devices in short supply, as PlasticsToday has reported over the last few weeks. In that same spirit of solidarity, materials supplier and contract manufacturer Geon Performance Solutions recently announced the launch of Project Collaboration, an opportunity for small and medium-sized businesses to tap into Geon’s expertise at no cost to help combat the coronavirus.

For 90 days starting from April 16, Geon invites SMEs to leverage the intellectual and manufacturing know-how of its workforce to overcome barriers they may have encountered meeting demand or getting virus-related products to market. Even if you just have a good idea for fighting the pandemic but limited resources to implement it, Geon would like to hear from you.

"Geon has the knowledge, expertise, and assets to help companies get products to market and make a significant impact on minimizing the spread of the virus," said CEO Tracy Garrison. "Our team wants to do its part to support our communities in this time of dire need. Through Project Collaboration, we hope businesses can develop products more quickly and get them into the hands of those who need them most."

Project Collaboration is deliberately malleable to best meet the needs of individual companies, said Geon. Assistance can take the form of:

  • Accelerating custom formulas;
  • supporting mold design for healthcare and medical devices;
  • connecting with thousands of raw material suppliers, producers, and manufacturers around the globe;
  • sharing supply-chain expertise;
  • accelerating pilot scale compounding; or
  • providing commercial guidance for the development of marketing and sales tools.

"There are companies out there with great ideas but limited know-how to manage one or more aspects of the design, development, manufacturing, or distribution process," said Larry Shaw, Geon Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. "We hope these companies will contact us so we can share our expertise and collaborate to make their idea a reality."

Go to the company website for more information.

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