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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

SPRA Student Scholarship 2014

The winner of the SPRA 2014 Student Scholarship, an award sponsored by SPRA Corporate Member, Arburg, is Surya Prakash Vesavkar.

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Engineering Thermoplastic Blends

Andreas Vetter explained the rapidly expanding field of thermoplastic blends and how their combination of properties is being utilised in various applications.

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Flame Retardants for Thermoplastics

David Hall (Perrite Europe) outlined the role of flame retardant additives for thermoplastics, particularly in relation to regulations and fire testing.

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SPRA Dinner Dance 2014

The annual Dinner Dance for the Scottish Plastics and Rubber Association, the 40th time the polymer community has gathered for such an occasion, was held in the Crowne Plaza hotel in Glasgow on Friday 7 March 2014.

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Safeguarding Scotland’s Resources

To reduce the impact on the environment, Scotland is aiming to become more efficient in the use of energy, material and water, by improving recycling of materials and adopting the ‘Circular Economy’.

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Corporate Members

Events Diary

Women in Materials Seminar

29 April 2014
Shell Upstream International, 1 Altens Farm Road, Aberdeen AB12 3FY

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29 April 2014
Hamilton Campus, University of West of Scotland, Almada Street, Hamilton ML3 0JB

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Polymer Study Tours 2014

22 June 2014
Edinburgh Napier University, Merchiston Campus EH10 5DT

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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.