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Associated Spring announces new Innovation and Technology Center

Associated Spring, a business of Barnes Group and a leading company in engineered precision spring and stamping solutions, has announced the opening of its new Innovation and Technology Center (AS ITC) in Plymouth, Michigan. With this new facility, Associated Spring has solidified its commitment to innovation and market leadership in engineered precision spring solutions for its customers worldwide. In addition to the AS ITC, Associated Spring operates seven other global manufacturing and engineering divisions: four in the US (Bristol, Connecticut; Corry, Pennsylvania; Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Syracuse, New York), one in Mexico, one in Brazil, and one in Singapore – with an eye for future additional footprint growth.

The new AS ITC will house Associated Spring’s global headquarters, as well as its world-class metallurgical lab, and product/process and research and development areas. Additionally, the facility will serve as a production center for high performance/racing, drag racing, and circle track racing springs, and other aftermarket applications.

The AS ITC will also be a hub of New Product and Process Development (NPD), spring training events, technology benchmarking, and other customer/market-focused initiatives. With the new Plymouth AS ITC location, Associated Spring’s engineering and sales teams will be closer to many of its local customers – who are launching strategic platforms such as 8-, 9-, and 10-speed automotive automatic transmissions that benefit from the precision and value added engineering that Associated Spring provides. Furthermore, in partnership with its domestic and global divisions, the AS ITC will support its industrial customers with key technological advances, serving multiple markets such as transportation, aerospace/defense, construction/mining, diesel powertrain, race/performance, energy, medical, HVAC/compressor, consumer products, telecommunications/electronics and general industrial.

Since 1857, Associated Spring has been recognized for its innovation in spring design, engineering and manufacturing. Over the past several decades, the company has demonstrated a strategic commitment to developing and adapting game-changing disruptive technologies and intellectual property to offer superior value to its customers. Associated Spring continues to be an industry leader, constantly pushing the envelope to achieve superior high-stress performance with optimized lighter springs for key critical applications.

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7 January 2015


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