Canadian Plastics

Omnexus relaunched as hub of technical info on plastics and elastomers

Omnexus is back on-line, but it's not selling resin anymore. It's giving away knowledge. Omnexus began life as a tr...

June 14, 2004   Canadian Plastics

Omnexus is back on-line, but it’s not selling resin anymore. It’s giving away knowledge. Omnexus began life as a trading exchange in 2000, and the site’s new owners (SpecialChem) are hoping its revamped format will bring about a brisk exchange of ideas.
The Omnexus platform (www.omnexus.com) has been repositioned as a knowledge hub specializing in plastics and elastomers. "We think there are a lot of inefficiencies and hurdles hindering the design of products," explains Christophe Cabarry, COO of SpecialChem. "With our new Omnexus on-line technical platform, we will provide industrial designers and engineers working with plastics and elastomers with technical services to create innovative products, implement better solutions, much faster."
The new platform is aimed at engineers, OEMs and designers. Membership is free, but users must register on the site. The site includes sections on innovations in materials and processes, a polymer selector tool, and coverage of application-oriented solutions with the possibility of on-line technical assistance from resin suppliers.
Since the purchase of the Omnexus name and platform in Dec. 2003, SpecialChem has surveyed users to determine what services and capabilities were needed by the industry. "We found that our users see innovation as the best way to compete with low-cost producers, and as the best way to differentiate their company."
However, Cabarry says plastics companies are operating in an environment where declining availability of technical resources intersects with increasing pressure on margins. "Innovating in these conditions is quite difficult."
SpecialChem operates similar knowledge-based web sites for three other industry segments: plastic additives; adhesive and sealants; paint and coatings. Cabarry notes that about 80% of SpecialChem users are technical decision-makers, and that about 3000 new registrants sign up each month.
Omnexus was launched in 2000 by a partnership of resin suppliers, and billed as a global injection molding e-marketplace. Much emphasis was on its transaction engine for e-commerce, which allowed purchases from several resin suppliers through one centralized location, www.omnexus.com. The transaction portion ceased business in late 2003, and the Omnexus name and content were sold to SpecialChem in Dec. 2003.


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