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Innocor Inc.

able to drive the core messaging of
our company, which is our size and our
national ability to serve our customers,
with the ability to bring innovation to
multiple nodes in the value chain,"
Eicher explains.
Innocor's operations are split between two divisions. Innocor Comfort is the bedding products arm of
the company that retains the Sleep
Innovations brand and provides products for retailers. Innocor Foam Technologies is a purveyor of foam materials for OEMs that create bedding and
furniture among other applications.
Eicher says that having a sizable presence in both the B2B and B2C markets
supports Innocor's strategy around
innovation and go-to market.
The company has 23 manufacturing
and distribution facilities in the United States and is vertically integrated.
That network of facilities is positioned
across the country so that Innocor can
be close to its customers, helping it to
grow as the demand for foam rises.
Eicher says a significant amount of
Innocor's growth can be attributed to
bringing new products to retailers and
the company's proximity to customers. "This is a manufacturing company
and our ability to meet our customers'
needs and to do that better than anybody else is clearly a differentiator for
us," she explains.
As a manufacturing company, InDow is proud to have the continued opportunity
to collaborate and innovate with one of our key
partners, Innocor. As a leader in polyurethane research,
manufacturing and sales, Dow is focused on delivering
innovations that have a significant, positive impact on
society and in markets where our customers will benefit most. This requires a unique collaboration in which
we explore, listen and invest in the most promising
solutions with key stakeholders across the value chain
and around the world. Dow is committed to investing
in opportunities where our science is the difference-maker that enables products to perform better,
more comfortably, longer, smarter, safer, and more
efficiently - in their production, in their application and
in their use over time.

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innocor says its relationships
with suppliers helps it to develop
innovative and successful new
products.

nocor strives to stay ahead of the
latest production trends. When Sun
Capital created the company, the
new leadership, including Eicher,
developed Innocor's own version of
a continuous improvement mindset
based on Six Sigma principles. From
those standard procedures, Eicher
says Innocor created a common platform for operating excellence to ensure consistency and quality.

Leading on Innovation
Innovation and new products are how
Innocor remains a leader in the flexible foam market. One of the driving
forces of that innovation is the company's relationship with its suppliers. Many of the chemical companies
Innocor buys from are billion-dollar
businesses with countless customers.
Despite that volume, the size of Innocor's market means the foam producer is often among the largest customers for those suppliers.
Chemical manufacturers tend to be
much larger than Innocor and have to

develop products that fit a wide range
of industries and applications. That
requires large investments in innovation and capabilities.
Innocor's customers rely on the
company to deliver innovative products. Because of the close ties Innocor
has developed with its suppliers, the
company can leverage the vast innovation engines of those chemical manufacturers to develop products that
are unique to itself. Further, Innocor
has extensive market research it can
use to help direct the fundamental
material science used to make foam
products, allowing it to solve consumer problems and fulfill demand.
Covestro is a global leader in high-tech polymers

and creative solutions that positively impact people's
lives every day. We push the boundaries of what is
possible in the automotive, building & construction,
furniture & bedding, electronics, medical, and many
other industries.
Our global presence gives us a first-hand view of the
world and the challenges facing it. Covestro creates
sustainable solutions to address climate change,
resource scarcity and urbanization. Our products
insulate buildings, make cars more efficient, and help
protect food and water supplies. And that's just a
sampling.


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