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Midland Compounding & Consulting Included in first US Circular Economy Landscape Scan




Midland Compounding is proud to be included in the first US Circular Economy Landscape Scan.  The report features XXX, along with 201 other initiatives, that are all united as thought leaders in helping to provide solutions for a transition to a more sustainable economy where growth is no longer tied to continued resource depletion.

The goal of the report is to provide a broad understanding of the diversity of Circular Economy solutions and approaches that are already occurring in the United States.

Our mission is to provide practical and effective solutions to those in need of material compound development and plastics waste management” Thayer A. Brown, Jr., President of Midland Compounding.

Gina Lee, the Founder of Circular CoLab and the author of the report, adds “While the United States may lack a holistic Circular Economy policy framework similar to ones that have already been created in the EU, many Nordic countries, as well as China and Japan, we are far from behind in terms of providing innovative solutions.   What is important to note is while the term “Circular Economy” may be relatively new in the United States, many organizations and industries have already been pursuing Circular Economy initiatives for years without necessarily labeling it as such.”

For further information on the report and to view the full database of initiatives, please visit

Midland Compounding and Consulting is a privately held, custom compounder of thermoplastic materials. Since 1999, we have been providing specialty thermoplastic compounds, product / material development services, and unique solutions to difficult recycling opportunities. Midland Compounding is a proud supporter and innovator in the circular economy.

Circular CoLab is an organization created to support Circular Economy innovators in America.

3D printing company expands into larger Michigan facility

3DXTech LLC, a manufacturer of high-performance 3D printing materials and 3D printed parts, has purchased a building in Grand Rapids, Mich., more than 10 times the size of its current facility.

The 4-year-old company, which is currently based out of 6,000-square-foot leased facility in Byron Center, Mich., bought the 68,000-square-foot building for more than $2 million to accommodate current and future growth.

“We’ve had about 200-250 percent growth year over year for the last four years. … We’re working 12-hour shifts, six days a week, right now just trying to keep up with orders, so we had to expand,” Matt Howlett, founder and president of 3DX Tech, said in a Sept. 13 phone interview.

“This place is really going to be nice,” he added. “The whole goal is to have a very nice, modern place that’s focused really exclusively on additive manufacturing — both materials and parts manufacturing.”

The company plans to be completely moved into the new facility in October and will initially occupy 24,000 square feet. A 3,000-square-foot area will be dedicated to 3D printing parts, Howlett said.
“The rest is to grow into as the business continues to grow,” he said.

3DXTech currently employs 10, but Howlett said that number could increase to 30 by the end of the year. And by the end of 2019, he estimates the company could employ up to 50 workers.
In addition, 3DXTech is more than doubling its extrusion capacity and has invested more than $1 million in equipment and upgrades to keep up with the growth rate.
“We already purchased all-new extruders from a company here in the U.S., and one of them was delivered this week,” Howlett said, noting additional equipment purchases such as 3D printers, dryers and lasers.

3DXTech supplies its high-performance 3D printing materials, including carbon fiber, polyether ether ketone (PEEK), polycarbonate and ABS, and printed parts to multiple industries such as automotive, electronics and aerospace. Customers range from NASA, Boeing Co., Lockheed Martin Corp., SpaceX, Nike Inc., Samsung and Apple Inc.


Midland Compounding and JM Polymers collaborate to create value from recycled carbon fiber.

  • Midland Compounding & Consulting, Inc.
  • 3802 James Savage Road
  • Midland, MI. 48642
  • Contact: Chris Surbrook
  • (989) 495-9367
  • JM Polymers, Inc.
  • 2152 W. Addison Street
  • Chicago, IL 60618
  • Contact: Matt Johnson
  • (773) 818-7990

For Immediate Release


NOVI, Michigan (September 4, 2018) – Plastic parts manufacturers can now get commercial quantities of carbon fiber reinforced compound that is also a sustainable material. JM Polymers with the help of Midland Compounding & Consulting, Inc. has developed a new line of carbon fiber reinforced plastic compounds that combine carbon fiber recycled from the Aerospace Industry and nylon 66 recycled from carpet scrap. The new line called FiberX2 will provide green solutions for applications with high strength performance requirements.

The FiberX2 material was developed through a collaboration between Midland Compounding & Consulting and JM Polymers. In 2014, the companies came together to develop a carbon fiber reinforced compound for automotive applications. The initial material was a 40% recycled carbon fiber filled nylon 66 compound. This material was tested to Automotive standards, side-by-side with other prime, and recycled, carbon fiber filled compounds and met competitive performance values. From this, the companies went on to develop materials with 20% and 30% carbon fiber loadings. For more details on FiberX2, go to the website at

According to Josh Ullrich, JM Polymers president and CEO, the company began working with Ford Motor Co. (Dearborn, MI, US) to develop the product, and they currently are working on several developmental projects at the automaker and to get specified. The company next plans to introduce a grade that is reinforced with 15% fiberglass and 5% carbon fiber. That product will offer slightly better impact and lower cost than the all-carbon grades, albeit at lower stiffness and strength.

Chris Surbrook, New Business Development Manager for Midland Compounding says, “We expect our joint development partnership with JM Polymers to last for some time. We will continue to engineer valuable, sustainable materials that help JM Polymers meet their customers performance requirements.”

Midland Compounding and Consulting, Inc. is a privately-owned company, providing materials formulation expertise, lab scale equipment support, physical property testing capabilities, and processing experience that are ideally suited for developing products from prototype through to pilot production. MCC also recycles post-industrial ABS, ASA, PC, PC/ABS blends, and nylons materials. MC&C consults in the areas of compounding, recycling, testing, and plant layout and design.

JM Polymers is a distributor of commodity and engineering grade plastic raw materials. JMP distributes prime, generic prime, and recycled resins, and also manufactures and markets a full line of engineered plastics under the JM Polymers trade name.

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