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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

Doctor of Philosophy for Taking the Rough with the Smooth

Study of mould surface effects leads to award of PhD.

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Interplas 2014

Several SPRA Corporate Members were exhibiting at Interplas 2014, held at the NEC, Birmingham from 30 September to 02 October 2014.

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World Premiere of a 16,400 Chihuahua, Environmental, Health and Safety Product

The first public unveiling by John McLoughlin of the all new Duradrain©, a plastic kerbstone with an integrated drainage channel manufactured from recycled polypropylene with crushed limestone as filler. But, where do the Chihuahuas come in?

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Fantastic Plastic 2014

Fantastic Plastic again proved to be a great success amongst school pupils and apprentices. An audience of 400 were enthralled by Professor Averil Macdonald’s presentation.

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The Chemistry Clinic

SMEs and larger companies can access facilities and expertise through the Chemistry Clinic in the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde, in tackling chemistry related problems.

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Corporate Members

Events Diary


26 November 2014
Edinburgh Napier University

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Injection Moulding

05 February 2015
Edinburgh Napier University

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SPRA Annual Dinner Dance 2015

06 March 2015
Glasgow Crowne Plaza Hotel

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Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing)

19 March 2015
Edinburgh Napier University

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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.