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Healthcare

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.
The theme of the 2012 R W Thomson Lecture was the development of biomedical materials related to surgical replacement of joints and bone grafts.
The SPRA Schools Lecture in 2011 has inspired design students at Newbattle Community High School to incorporate the latest polymeric materials into their design projects which has led to a partnership between Newbattle and the NHS.
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 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.
Following an EU Directive, the Scottish Government has introduced a ban on infant feeding bottles manufactured from polycarbonate, contrary to the scientific opinion of the European Food Standards Agency.
News reports in the SPRA Archives on lectures, meetings, seminars and conferences relating to applications of plastics and rubber in the healthcare market.

Electronics

News reports in the SPRA Archives on lectures, meetings, seminars and conferences relating to applications of polymers in electronics.

Packaging

DS Smith Foam Products are celebrating 40 years of expanded polystyrene (EPS) production at their Scottish site in Livingston.
BPF has produced a guide for public bodies to help their understanding of the benefits of plastics packaging.
Scott Jackson and Alan Sorrie of Ineos Olefins and Polymers describe the polypropylene supply chain, covering polymerisation, properties and applications.
News reports in the SPRA Archives on lectures, meetings, seminars and conferences relating to applications of plastics and rubber in packaging.

Other Markets

DS Smith Foam Products are celebrating 40 years of expanded polystyrene (EPS) production at their Scottish site in Livingston.
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.
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 technical textile company, Scott & Fyfe, opens an Innovation Space and museum.
SPRA member, Ross Dickinson, picked up a Highly Commended Certificate for plastics innovation and design at the BPF Dinner
Ross Dickinson, inventor of the Kibosh Emergency Pipe Repair describes how he took his concept from a bright idea to a commercial reality.
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 EDTC event ‘Be Inspired to Innovate for Your Future’ gave an insight into the experiences of a number of entrepreneurs in bringing their product from concept to market.
At the June SPRA meeting, John McLoughlin, POLYnnovation consultancy, described the design development of Durakerb®, a kerbstone made from recycled polyethylene and polypropylene. It was the 2008 winner of the Horners’ Award for Plastics Innovation and Design.
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.
George Loumakis provided and overview of solar thermal collectors and explored the potential for polymeric materials in the design of low cost solar thermal collectors.
Peter Burke outlined the properties and applications of a range of engineering thermoplastics available from Ticona UK, identified their potential in solar energy collectors and demonstrated materials selection procedures.
Plans have been announced which will safeguard jobs and create new jobs at the Michelin tyre manufacturer’s plant in Dundee.
News reports in the SPRA Archives on lectures, meetings, seminars and conferences relating to applications of plastics and rubber in other markets.

More general information on the applications of plastics materials is available at Plastipedia on the British Plastics Federation website

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Events Diary

43rd Annual SPRA Dinner Dance

03 March 2017
The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Glasgow

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