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Our old friend PRW is moving!!

Plastics News Europe and Plastics & Rubber Weekly merging.....

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43rd Annual Dinner Dance

43rd Annual Dinner Dance

Dinner Dance tickets go on sale with Early Bird discount

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Nominations Invited for New Award

Nominations Invited for New Award

The prestigious new Charlie Geddes Award is now open for nominations.

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Fabulous Fantastic Plastic 2016

Fabulous Fantastic Plastic 2016

Fantastic Plastic Tour of Scotland

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Vacancy for Lecturer in Plastic Product Design

Vacancy for Lecturer in Plastic Product Design

Edinburgh Napier University is looking for a Lecturer in Plastic Product Design.

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FANTASTIC PLASTIC RETURNS TO SCOTLAND

FANTASTIC PLASTIC RETURNS TO SCOTLAND

Fantastic Plastic, the schools lecture, is coming back again.....

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Primary Engineer Programmes inspires STEM in schools

Primary Engineer Programmes inspires STEM in schools

The R W Thomson lecture by Dr Peter Hughes presented the Primary Engineer Programmes that aims to emphasise the importance of the industry within education and the Scottish economy.

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Six Sigma Quality Improvement in Injection Moulding

Six Sigma Quality Improvement in Injection Moulding

On Wednesday 3rd. February an audience of 30 enjoyed the lively presentation by Colin Parry, a six sigma master black belt from Lean Business Solutions (LBS).

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A Successful Dinner Dance for 2016

A Successful Dinner Dance for 2016

Great company, fine dining, excellent Student scholarships, a new SPRA Fellowship, tributes to an SPRA legend, and a hilarious after-dinner speaker ensured SPRA Dinner Dance 2016 was a memorable night.

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SPRA mourns the loss of esteemed member Charlie Geddes

SPRA mourns the loss of esteemed member Charlie Geddes

This month we are mourning the loss of much valued SPRA member, scholar and gentleman Charlie Geddes.

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Plastic Recycling and the Development of B♻SS (Baffle Oscillating Separation System)

Plastic Recycling and the Development of B♻SS (Baffle Oscillating Separation System)

A presentation and demonstration of B♻SS (Bafflle Oscillating Separation System), a novel separation system for plastics.

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Polymer Study Tour 2016

Polymer Study Tour 2016

The ever popular Polymer Study Tours will return in Summer 2016.

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Fantastic Plastics 2015 is a huge success

Fantastic Plastics 2015 is a huge success

Professor Averil Macdonald delivered her inspirational Fantastic Plastic lecture to over 1200 school pupils and teachers over 2 days in September.

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3D Printing

3D Printing

Ralph McNeill, of 3D Print Works, gave an interesting presentation on Additive Manufacture at the March SPRA technical meeting.

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SPRA Social Media

SPRA on Facebook and Twitter......

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Change of SPRA President

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

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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Ferromatik UK and Hardie Polymers win prestigious Plastics Industry Awards

Ferromatik UK and Hardie Polymers win prestigious Plastics Industry Awards

SPRA Corporate Members, Ferromatik UK and Hardie Polymers, were among the winners of the 2014 Plastics Industry Awards.

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Adhesives, Composites and Their Myriads of Uses

Adhesives, Composites and Their Myriads of Uses

Barrie Hayes gave a wide-ranging presentation on the applications, advantages and properties of the many different types of adhesives and composites in use today.

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Dates Set for 2015 Polymer Study Tours

Dates Set for 2015 Polymer Study Tours

2015 dates have been set for this popular FREE 4 day residential CPD course for 11 to 19 teachers of Science and Design Technology.

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Congratulations to the Class of 2014

Congratulations to the Class of 2014

Edinburgh Napier University BEng Polymer Engineering graduates, 2014.

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Doctor of Philosophy for Taking the Rough with the Smooth

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

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

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 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

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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Marine Pollution: Plastics Pellets in the Firth of Forth

Marine Pollution: Plastics Pellets in the Firth of Forth

Plastics pellets continue to be washed up on the shores of the Firth of Forth. Cathy Sexton, Project Manager at FIDRA, looks at the problem from the perspective of an environmental group.

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SPRA Honorary Secretary Retires

SPRA Honorary Secretary Retires

Charlie Geddes, who has retired as SPRA Honorary Secretary after 14 years in the post, looks back at some of the SPRA achievements during that period.

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Chinaplas 2014, Shanghai

Chinaplas 2014, Shanghai

Chinaplas, Asia’s No. 1 Plastics and Rubber Trade Fair is rapidly catching up on K, the international Trade Fair held in Dusseldorf.

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SPRA 2014 AGM

SPRA 2014 AGM

The 2014 SPRA AGM recorded another successful year for the Scottish Plastics and Rubber Association.

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Moulding 4 Success

Moulding 4 Success

Andy Barnard, Solutions 4 Polymers Ltd, explained how real life injection moulding problems stem from poor practices and showed how to avoid common mistakes.

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SPRA Student Scholarship 2014

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

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

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

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

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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Prototyping with MAKLab

Prototyping with MAKLab

Prototyping was the theme of the February SPRA technical meeting, with a description of, MAKLab, an open access workshop, a tour of the MAKLab facilities and a presentation on prototyping from Fearsomengine.

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7 Associations letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer

7 Associations letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer

In November 2013 the British Plastics Federation (BPF) coordinated a letter from the ‘7 Associations Alliance’ to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne ahead of the Autumn Statement, encouraging action on several fronts.

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40 Years of EPS Moulding in Livingston Site

40 Years of EPS Moulding in Livingston Site

DS Smith Foam Products are celebrating 40 years of expanded polystyrene (EPS) production at their Scottish site in Livingston.

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RW Thomson Lecture 2013 - Inventors and Inventions in the World of Advanced Composites

RW Thomson Lecture 2013 - Inventors and Inventions in the World of Advanced Composites

Professor Geoff Gibson, who holds the Rowland Cookson Chair at Newcastle University, delivered the 2013 R W Thomson Lecture on Advanced Composites at Edinburgh Napier University.

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Advances in Moulding

Advances in Moulding

The SPRA meeting sponsored by ARBURG Ltd, explored production efficiency in injection moulding and the new ARBURG Freeformer for additive manufacturing

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K2013 International Trade Fair and Exhibition for the Plastics and Rubber Industries

K2013 International Trade Fair and Exhibition for the Plastics and Rubber Industries

SPRA members give their perspectives on K2013, the world’s No 1 International Trade Fair for the Plastics and Rubber Industries, was held in Dusseldorf, Germany, from 16-23 October 2013

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British Plastics Federation 80th Anniversary Dinner

British Plastics Federation 80th Anniversary Dinner

The 80th Anniversary Dinner of the British Plastics Federation attracted around 500 guests to an evening of awards and entertainment.

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Plastics Recycling in Scotland

Plastics Recycling in Scotland

The opening meeting of the SPRA 2013-14 programme, sponsored by SPRA Corporate Member, Avanti Scotland, consisted of a site visit to Avanti’s recycling facility at Alva followed by a presentation in Bridge of Allan.

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Fantastic Response to Fantastic Plastic 2013

Fantastic Response to Fantastic Plastic 2013

The Schools Lecture ‘Fantastic Plastic’ attracted almost 2,300 pupils and teachers from 50 schools, with 8 performances at 6 venues across Scotland in the first week of September.

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Plastic Bag Tax Revisited

Plastic Bag Tax Revisited

An attempt by the Scottish Government to introduce a levy on single use carrier bags, as part of its plans to Safeguard Scotland's Resources, is expected to have negligible effect on material resources, environmental impact and litter.

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SPRA's New President's Vision 2013-14

SPRA's New President's Vision 2013-14

New SPRA President, Kenneth McIntosh, sets out his vision for the future of the SPRA

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Polymer Study Tour 2013

Polymer Study Tour 2013

The intensive Polymer Study Tour, a residential course based at Edinburgh Napier University, once again proved a great hit for the teachers of science and design & technology.

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Polymer Graduates at Edinburgh Napier University

Polymer Graduates at Edinburgh Napier University

Congratulations to SPRA student members graduating from Edinburgh Napier University in June 2013

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From Concept to Commercialisation

From Concept to Commercialisation

Ralf Klinnert describes how he took his Funky Cones from an academic project to a commercial product to make physical exercise for children more fun.

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Chinaplas 2013

Chinaplas 2013

The increasing size of the exhibition demonstrates the continued growth of the Asian market and China’s appreciation of European machinery quality.

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BPF On-Line Training Platform

BPF On-Line Training Platform

BPF has introduced two modules on energy in the plastics industry to its on-line training platform, BPF Training

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Polymer Process Special Interest Group

Polymer Process Special Interest Group

SPRA members from polymer processing companies participated in a Polymer Process Special Interest Group working party to discuss the challenges facing the sector.

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New Diploma in Manufacturing Polymer Technologies

New Diploma in Manufacturing Polymer Technologies

SPRA Corporate Member, Solutions4Polymers, has teamed up with G&A Technologies to create a new vocational qualification, Diploma in Manufacturing Polymer Technologies

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Dream it, Design it, Mak it

Dream it, Design it, Mak it

The MAKLab facilities in Glasgow provide designers, entrepreneurs and companies with resources and advice to produce models and prototypes.

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The Internet of Everything

The Internet of Everything

The 2013 Road Ahead Lecture, organised by Engineering Scotland, was delivered by Donald McLaughlin, Director of Cisco, who revealed how the internet of the future will transform our lives.

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Plastics: The Progressive Packaging Medium

Plastics: The Progressive Packaging Medium

BPF has produced a guide for public bodies to help their understanding of the benefits of plastics packaging.

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Lean Benchmarking at Rolls Royce

Lean Benchmarking at Rolls Royce

Three technicians from Rosti UK were invited to participating in a Lean Benchmarking event at Rolls Royce, Inchinnan.

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SPRA AGM 2013

SPRA AGM 2013

Barry Coughlan, retiring SPRA President, reported another successful year for the SPRA.

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Improved Production Efficiency in Injection Moulding

Improved Production Efficiency in Injection Moulding

David Raine, Sumitomo Demag, demonstrates how marginal gains in individual aspects of injection moulding technology can lead to significant improvement in production efficiency.

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Estimating Tool Costs for Injection Moulding

Estimating Tool Costs for Injection Moulding

At last a simple, low-cost program that estimates the tooling costs for injection moulding.

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SPRA Student Scholarship Award

SPRA Student Scholarship Award

Nathan Minors, a design student at Edinburgh Napier University, wins the SPRA Scholarship, sponsored by ARBURG UK.

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Plastics Recycling

Plastics Recycling

Under the general theme of ‘Plastics Recycling’ the March 2013 SPRA meeting addressed the topics of ‘Plastics Waste from the Marine Environment’, ‘Higher Specification Recyclate’ and ‘Energy from Waste’

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Stepping Beyond Conventional Design Guidelines

Stepping Beyond Conventional Design Guidelines

The February SPRA meeting, at Rosti UK Ltd at Larkhall, entitled ‘Beyond Conventional Practices for Injection Moulding’ was delivered by Eric Henry, Autodesk

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SPRA Dinner Dance 2013

SPRA Dinner Dance 2013

The 2013 SPRA Dinner Dance was well attended and provided the table hosts and their guests with excellent food, good wine and great entertainment.

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SPRA Fellowship for Sheena Geddes

SPRA Fellowship for Sheena Geddes

Mrs Sheena Geddes has been presented with an SPRA Fellowship for her outstanding contribution as SPRA Membership Secretary for the last 14 years.

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Glasgow University Industry Day 2013

Glasgow University Industry Day 2013

The Industry Day organised to showcase research work of the College of Science and Technology at Glasgow University, provided delegates with an insight on innovative science and technology and opportunities for industry to engage with the university.

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Scottish Companies land top awards for the Polymer Apprentice of the Year 2012

Scottish Companies land top awards for the Polymer Apprentice of the Year 2012

Two Scottish plastics companies, Rosti UK Ltd and DS Smith Plastics Ltd, provided both the winner and the runner-up in the UK Polymer Apprentice of the Year competition for 2012, organised by Cogent Sector Skills Council and the Worshipful Company of Horners.

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Polypropylene: from Monomer to Market

Polypropylene: from Monomer to Market

Scott Jackson and Alan Sorrie of Ineos Olefins and Polymers describe the polypropylene supply chain, covering polymerisation, properties and applications.

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David E Bond MSc FIMMM (1936 – 2012)

David E Bond MSc FIMMM (1936 – 2012)

A tribute to SPRA founder member, David Bond, a former lecturer in polymer technology at Edinburgh Napier University.

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SPRA News

The prestigious new Charlie Geddes Award is now open for nominations.
This month we are mourning the loss of much valued SPRA member, scholar and gentleman Charlie Geddes.
SPRA on Facebook and Twitter......
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.
Charlie Geddes, who has retired as SPRA Honorary Secretary after 14 years in the post, looks back at some of the SPRA achievements during that period.
The 2014 SPRA AGM recorded another successful year for the Scottish Plastics and Rubber Association.
The winner of the SPRA 2014 Student Scholarship, an award sponsored by SPRA Corporate Member, Arburg, is Surya Prakash Vesavkar.
New SPRA President, Kenneth McIntosh, sets out his vision for the future of the SPRA
Barry Coughlan, retiring SPRA President, reported another successful year for the SPRA.
Nathan Minors, a design student at Edinburgh Napier University, wins the SPRA Scholarship, sponsored by ARBURG UK.
The 2013 SPRA Dinner Dance was well attended and provided the table hosts and their guests with excellent food, good wine and great entertainment.
Mrs Sheena Geddes has been presented with an SPRA Fellowship for her outstanding contribution as SPRA Membership Secretary for the last 14 years.
A tribute to SPRA founder member, David Bond, a former lecturer in polymer technology at Edinburgh Napier University.
Fergus Hardie (SPRA) and Philip Law (BPF) met Jo Swinson MP to put the case for the UK Plastics Industry being recognised as a strategic manufacturing sector in the economy.]
Barry Coughlan, looks back on a successful first year as SPRA President.
The SPRA AGM for 2012 confirms that the SPRA has had a successful, active year with record membership numbers.
Colin Hindle, Lecturer in Polymer Technology at Edinburgh Napier University and SPRA Education Officer, received an Outstanding Service Award from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.
Rosti UK Ltd has scooped the Energy and Environmental Award and Engel UK Ltd won the Machinery Supplier Partnership category at the 2011 Plastics Industry Awards while Summit Systems has been recognised as Supplier of the Year by EPPM Magazine.
Newly elected SPRA President, Barry Coughlan, sets out his objectives for his term of office.
SPRA President, Fergus Hardie reported progress on several fronts, with record membership numbers and a number of new initiatives.
Fergus Hardie, SPRA President 2009-2011, outlines the activities and achievements of the SPRA in the last twelve months.
Fergus Hardie, SPRA President, received the award of Local Society of the Year from Barry Lye, President of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, at a dinner in London.
SPRA President, Fergus Hardie summarised his first year in office as a positive year, with increased membership, a strong technical programme and the introduction of a Schools Lecture "Fantastic Plastics".
SPRA Council Officers reported a strong year for the SPRA with increased membership, particularly Corporate Membership, a strong technical programme, healthy finances and several initiatives to support teachers.
2010 has seen an upsurge in SPRA Corporate Membership with 7 new members
News reports in the SPRA Archives on SPRA business, SPRA Members and SPRA activities.

Company News

Plastics News Europe and Plastics & Rubber Weekly merging.....
SPRA Corporate Member, Summit Systems, UK market leader for plastics ancillary equipment, is expanding its engineering team.
SPRA Corporate Members, Ferromatik UK and Hardie Polymers, were among the winners of the 2014 Plastics Industry Awards.
DS Smith Foam Products are celebrating 40 years of expanded polystyrene (EPS) production at their Scottish site in Livingston.
SPRA Corporate Member, Caledonian Industries, had a table top exhibition stand at the MERL conference in London in October and also exhibited at the Offshore Exhibition in Singapore in November.
Fife based cable manufacturer, Brand Rex, has been making impressive environmental strides to achieving carbon neutral status, to the recently released PAS 2060 standards.
SPRA Corporate Members, Arburg and Sumitomo Demag pick up awards at the Plastics Industry Awards 2012 and the PPMA Awards 2012.
Fife based technical textile company, Scott & Fyfe, opens an Innovation Space and museum.
Rosti, the global plastics injection moulding group, has completed the acquisition of McKechnie Engineered Plastics Limited.
Ross Dickinson received two awards at the UK finals of The Pitch competition for entrepreneurs for his novel Kibosh Emergency Pipe Repair device, which has been designed by Ross and manufactured by Scottish plastics companies.
The Health and Beauty Company, an Aberdeen based company, with links back to the early days of the plastics industry and beyond, has changed its trading name to LIceComb Engineering to reflect more closely its presence as the leading lice comb supplier.
Rosti UK Ltd has scooped the Energy and Environmental Award and Engel UK Ltd won the Machinery Supplier Partnership category at the 2011 Plastics Industry Awards while Summit Systems has been recognised as Supplier of the Year by EPPM Magazine.
Callum Magill, a student at Douglas Academy, displayed the results of the project he undertook at Rolls-Royce in Inchinnan under the Nuffield Foundation Science Bursary scheme
SPRA Corporate Member, Sarco Stopper Ltd, has developed a range of pipe stopping solutions for gas, oil, water and foodstuff pipelines using inflatable devices produced from rubber latex by dipping and coating techniques.
Edinburgh bioscience company, Lab901, developers and manufacturers of the ScreenTape System for rapid analysis of DNA and protein, has been acquired by Agilent Technologies Inc, the world’s premier measurement company.
Mackintosh rainwear, invented and produced in Scotland, opened a fashion boutique in London 175 years after Charles Macintosh patented his rubberised fabric.
Plans have been announced which will safeguard jobs and create new jobs at the Michelin tyre manufacturer’s plant in Dundee.
Rosti UK, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility has been carrying out projects with local primary schools to encourage interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Scottish company, Regal Rubber Ltd has formed a joint venture with French company, Kalker Paper, to manufacture rubber covered rollers for the UK paper industry.
It was a night of celebration for SPRA Corporate Member,Rosti UK at the Plastics Industry Awards 2010. Enjoying its 10th year as a social and business highlight of the UK plastics industry, this year's awards were held at the London Hilton Hotel on Park Lane on Friday 1st October 2010.
British Polythene Industries can trace its origins over the last 100 years from jute weaving and sacking to one of Europe’s largest manufacturers of polyethylene film and bags and the largest film recycler in Europe.
The R&D arm of Hoover Candy has moved from Cambuslang to new laboratory facilities in Uddingston and strengthened its ties with academia.
Plastech Group has reorganised its long standing plastics businesses in Glenrothes into three Divisions: Plastech Mouldings, specialising in electrolytic capacitor covers; Plastech Packaging, mainly luxury packaging; Plastech Healthcare, in medical products and medical packaging.
News reports in the SPRA Archives on SPRA Corporate Members and other Companies in the polymer sector in Scotland.

Organisation News

In November 2013 the British Plastics Federation (BPF) coordinated a letter from the ‘7 Associations Alliance’ to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne ahead of the Autumn Statement, encouraging action on several fronts.
The 80th Anniversary Dinner of the British Plastics Federation attracted around 500 guests to an evening of awards and entertainment.
BPF has produced a guide for public bodies to help their understanding of the benefits of plastics packaging.
Two Edinburgh Napier University students on the Mechatronics programme picked up the gold award at the UK World Skills Challenge.
SPRA member, Ross Dickinson, picked up a Highly Commended Certificate for plastics innovation and design at the BPF Dinner
Stuart Martin, a new SPRA member, and John Wilcox, a former SPRA Council member, have both received awards from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.
Fergus Hardie (SPRA) and Philip Law (BPF) met Jo Swinson MP to put the case for the UK Plastics Industry being recognised as a strategic manufacturing sector in the economy.]
The British Plastics Federation has published a discussion document outlining the successes of the UK plastics sector and future opportunities arising from its strategic manufacturing activities.
Colin Hindle, Lecturer in Polymer Technology at Edinburgh Napier University and SPRA Education Officer, received an Outstanding Service Award from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.
Dr Diane Aston, IOM3, delivered the second R W Thomson Lecture on Materials in Action at Techfest in Aberdeen
The Mining Institute of Scotland (MIS) has picked up two awards, Dr Graham Smith receiving an Outstanding Contribution Award and David Seath accepting the trophy for IOM3 Local Society of the Year.
Chris Clark describes his experiences as a STEM Ambassador, visiting schools with the “Lab in a Lorry” project to encourage interest in science and engineering.
With the support of other local societies in the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, the SPRA organised a public lecture in memory of the prolific Scottish innovator, Robert William Thomson. The inaugural lecture, “Engineering the Future: learning from past innovators”, was delivered by Prof William M Banks, President of the Engineering and Technology Association (Scotland) (SCOTETA)
SPRA hosted a meeting for a delegation from the Shanghai Institute of Advanced Materials to discuss a range of topics including rubber devulcanisation, the Scottish chemical/polymer industry and industry-academic interface.
Fergus Hardie, SPRA President, received the award of Local Society of the Year from Barry Lye, President of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, at a dinner in London.
Paul Coffey becomes the new Skills Director (Scotland) for Cogent Sector Skills Council.
News reports in the SPRA Archives on the activities of organisations with similar objectives to the SPRA.

Visits and Exhibitions

Several SPRA Corporate Members were exhibiting at Interplas 2014, held at the NEC, Birmingham from 30 September to 02 October 2014.
Chinaplas, Asia’s No. 1 Plastics and Rubber Trade Fair is rapidly catching up on K, the international Trade Fair held in Dusseldorf.
SPRA members give their perspectives on K2013, the world’s No 1 International Trade Fair for the Plastics and Rubber Industries, was held in Dusseldorf, Germany, from 16-23 October 2013
The increasing size of the exhibition demonstrates the continued growth of the Asian market and China’s appreciation of European machinery quality.
SPRA Corporate Member, Caledonian Industries, had a table top exhibition stand at the MERL conference in London in October and also exhibited at the Offshore Exhibition in Singapore in November.
SPRA Council Members, Colin Hindle and Ralph Mcneill, describe their visit to China, which included the international plastics exhibition, Chinaplas 2012.
SPRA Council Members, Colin Hindle and Mike Barker, attended at the 2012 Plastindia exhibition to recruit students to polymer engineering programmes at Edinburgh Napier University.
SPRA had an exhibition stand at the Technology Teachers’ Association annual conference in Edinburgh to alert teachers to SPRA’s support for teaching polymers in schools.
The triennial International Plastics exhibition, Interplas 2011, held in Birmingham in September, was well attended and had a more optimistic mood than three years ago.
Ralph McNeill, SPRA Council Member, describes his visit to Chinaplas 2011, Asia’s No. 1 Plastics and Rubber Trade Fair.
SPRA Corporate Member, Caledonian Industries used their table top exhibition space at the MERL 'Oilfield Engineering with Polymers' International Conference and Exhibition, in London in September, for useful networking between conference sessions.
A report from SPRA Council Member, Ralph McNeill, on his visit to the international plastics exhibition in Dusseldorf.
Colin Clements reports on the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) held in May in Houston, Texas where the Scottish Pavilion was sponsored by Scottish Development International
News reports in the SPRA Archives on visits, exhibitions and conferences relating to plastics and rubber.

People

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.
The winner of the SPRA 2014 Student Scholarship, an award sponsored by SPRA Corporate Member, Arburg, is Surya Prakash Vesavkar.
Congratulations to SPRA student members graduating from Edinburgh Napier University in June 2013
Nathan Minors, a design student at Edinburgh Napier University, wins the SPRA Scholarship, sponsored by ARBURG UK.
Mrs Sheena Geddes has been presented with an SPRA Fellowship for her outstanding contribution as SPRA Membership Secretary for the last 14 years.
Two Scottish plastics companies, Rosti UK Ltd and DS Smith Plastics Ltd, provided both the winner and the runner-up in the UK Polymer Apprentice of the Year competition for 2012, organised by Cogent Sector Skills Council and the Worshipful Company of Horners.
A tribute to SPRA founder member, David Bond, a former lecturer in polymer technology at Edinburgh Napier University.
Two Edinburgh Napier University students on the Mechatronics programme picked up the gold award at the UK World Skills Challenge.
SPRA member, Ross Dickinson, picked up a Highly Commended Certificate for plastics innovation and design at the BPF Dinner
Stuart Martin, a new SPRA member, and John Wilcox, a former SPRA Council member, have both received awards from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.
Colin Hindle, Lecturer in Polymer Technology at Edinburgh Napier University and SPRA Education Officer, received an Outstanding Service Award from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.
Ross Dickinson received two awards at the UK finals of The Pitch competition for entrepreneurs for his novel Kibosh Emergency Pipe Repair device, which has been designed by Ross and manufactured by Scottish plastics companies.
The Health and Beauty Company, an Aberdeen based company, with links back to the early days of the plastics industry and beyond, has changed its trading name to LIceComb Engineering to reflect more closely its presence as the leading lice comb supplier.
Edinburgh Napier University Polymer Engineering student, Parmar Rushabh Rajendrakumar has been awarded a gold medal for his performance on the Diploma in Polymer Engineering course which he had completed in India.
Callum Magill, a student at Douglas Academy, displayed the results of the project he undertook at Rolls-Royce in Inchinnan under the Nuffield Foundation Science Bursary scheme
Dr Diane Aston, IOM3, delivered the second R W Thomson Lecture on Materials in Action at Techfest in Aberdeen
SPRA Past President Ralph McNeill received the Freedom of the City of London.
SPRA student members and SPRA scholarship winners featured in the June graduation ceremony at Edinburgh Napier University.
Rosti UK, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility has been carrying out projects with local primary schools to encourage interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Chris Clark describes his experiences as a STEM Ambassador, visiting schools with the “Lab in a Lorry” project to encourage interest in science and engineering.
SPRA student member, Conan McLaren, describes his experiences of an industrial placement at James Walker, specialists in fluid sealing technology, as part of his studies in polymer engineering at Edinburgh Napier University.
It was a night of celebration for SPRA Corporate Member,Rosti UK at the Plastics Industry Awards 2010. Enjoying its 10th year as a social and business highlight of the UK plastics industry, this year's awards were held at the London Hilton Hotel on Park Lane on Friday 1st October 2010.
Chris Clark, SPRA Council Member, earned a day out at Knockhill Racing Circuit after winning a competition organised by Engel UK at the PDM conference.
Sheila Patrick and Grant Leslie return to posts at Edinburgh Napier University 25 years after they were classmates on the BSc Applied Chemistry (Polymer Science and Technology) course.
Hugh Smith, an SPRA Past President, is admitted as a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Horners in London.
News reports in the SPRA Archives on SPRA members and students.

Corporate Members

Events Diary

Annual R W Thomson Lecture

15 November 2017
Craiglockhart Campus, Edinburgh EH14 1DJ

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Engineering thermoplastic materials in medical devices

05 December 2017
Room B2, Merchiston Campus, 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.