As of June 1, 2016, Akron Polymer Training Center (APTC) and Applied Polymer Research Center (APRC) have merged. The combined centers will go forward together under the name Akron Polymer Technology Services (APTS).

At Akron Polymer Technology Services, our mission is to advance all sectors of the polymer industry through the delivery of training, testing, and processing services that enrich learning and optimize industrial performance. Services are enhanced by the capabilities within The University of Akron and by developing domestic and international partnerships with business, industry, community, and other institutions of higher education.

Why did you do this merger?

We believe that this merger offers a compelling value proposition for our clients.

Combining these two centers, provides customers with access to testing capabilities that include a new TOSOH EcoSEC GPC Laboratory, means to improving technical skills for conducting efficient failure investigation and root cause analysis through hands-on training courses with pilot and industrial scale equipment, as well as a range of processing services. Both centers have considerable talent and experienced staff that together will allow us to better serve our customers moving forward.

What does this mean for me and my relationship with Akron Polymer Training Center and/or Applied Polymer Research Center?

You should continue to work with your regular contacts at either Akron Polymer Training Center or Applied Polymer Research Center. We will continue to share any additional relevant details in the coming weeks on how Akron Polymer Technology Services will continue to set new standards for meeting all of your training, testing, and processing service needs.

I am in the process of signing a new contract with Applied Polymer Research Center or Akron Polymer Training Center – how does this merger affect that?

Given the nature of the merger, all prior contracts remain valid and in full force and effect. There is no need to change or execute new Contracts, Master Services Agreements or Confidentiality Agreements at this time. Any new contracts executed after July 1, 2016 will follow new templates, as appropriate.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Dr. Jelynn A. Stinson at 330-972-8661 or apts@uakron.edu.