A. Schulman Inc., US-based high performance plastics compounds and resins maker, recently started a new high performance additive manufacturing plant in Akron, Ohio. The new plant will expand its production capacity for its Polybatch® high-performance additive business in North America aimed at the film and packaging markets and add 20 new jobs. The plant is at the site of company's existing distribution warehouse in Akron. The facility features two new production lines, a research and development laboratory and pilot lines for three-layer blown and cast films for product evaluation and development programs with customers. The state-of-the-art extrusion lines incorporate Schulman-developed designs to capitalize on technical innovations made by its European and Mexican operations.