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Scottish Plastics and Rubber Association Scottish Plastics and Rubber Association

Welcome to the Scottish Plastics and Rubber Association

Welcome to the Scottish Plastics and Rubber Association, an independent society catering for the needs of individual professional members and Corporate Member companies and organisations.

The primary aim of the SPRA is ‘to promote the advancement of plastics, rubbers and related materials through education and training in the science, engineering and design associated with the manufacture, conversion and end-use of polymeric materials’.

The SPRA provides a forum for the plastics, rubber and general polymer community in Scotland through the provision of technical meetings, support for polymer education and social activities.

This website contains extensive technical information in the archived reports on Materials, Processes, Design, Applications, Environment and Business Issues

Students and teachers will find relevant information in the Education pages.

Details of forthcoming technical meetings, seminars and social events can be found in the Events Diary.

Information on suppliers of materials, machinery products, and services can be found in the Corporate Member pages and in the useful Links to websites, which also cover information sources, related organisations and education and training.

Latest News

Inaugural meeting of BPF Education and Skills Committee

The meeting, attended by a wide range of plastics companies, training providers, Cogent and the Worshipful Company of Horners, confirmed its interest in all levels of education from primary school to degree level and formulated a plan to establish the training needs across the industry.

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SPRA Social Media

SPRA on Facebook and Twitter......

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The Future of Injection Moulding Technology

Peter Kirkham, MD of Billion UK, gave an in-depth comparison of drive systems for injection moulding machines, described two innovative processes, in mould assembly and anti-counterfeit technology, and introduced a new interactive animation software tool for training.

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Change of SPRA President

Due to pressure of work Kenneth McIntosh, Rosti UK, has tendered his resignation as SPRA President and David Barlow, Agilent Technologies, the current Vice-President has stepped up to the post.

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Big Expansion for Summit Systems Engineering

SPRA Corporate Member, Summit Systems, UK market leader for plastics ancillary equipment, is expanding its engineering team.

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Corporate Members

Events Diary

SPRA Annual Dinner Dance 2015

06 March 2015
Glasgow Crowne Plaza Hotel

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Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing)

19 March 2015
Room B32, Merchiston Campus, Edinburgh Napier University, 10 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, EH10 5DT

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RW Thomson Lecture

01 April 2015
St. John's Drive, Dunfermline, KY12 7TU

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Polymer Study Tour 2015

21 June 2015
Edinburgh Napier University

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Thermoplastic Composites

22 June 2015
Edinburgh Napier University

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Technical Info from SPRA

  • Materials Thermoplastics, Thermosets, Elastomers, Additives.
  • Processes Moulding, Extrusion, Thermoforming, Ancillaries.
  • Design Product, Mould, CAE, Testing.
  • Applications Healthcare, Packaging, Electronics, Other Markets.
  • Environment Waste, Recycling, Sustainability, Legislation, Energy.
  • Business Issues Network, Seminars, Competitiveness, Innovation, Regulation.