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Scottish Polymer Employer Network

SPRA members from polymer processing companies participated in a Polymer Process Special Interest Group working party to discuss the challenges facing the sector.
The theme of the Scottish Polymer Employer Network meeting, hosted by the Research and Enterprise Department at the University of Glasgow in October, was "Innovation in the Polymer Sector".
News reports in the SPRA Archives on meetings of the Scottish Polymer Employer Network.

Seminars

News reports in the SPRA Archives on seminars and conferences.

Competitiveness

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.
SPRA members from polymer processing companies participated in a Polymer Process Special Interest Group working party to discuss the challenges facing the sector.
Three technicians from Rosti UK were invited to participating in a Lean Benchmarking event at Rolls Royce, Inchinnan.
At the October SPRA meeting Kerry Cochran, Lean Business Solutions, explained how polymer companies have increased their profitability by adopting a ‘lean thinking’ approach.
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.
News reports in the SPRA Archives on lectures, meetings, seminars and conferences relating to competitiveness.

Innovation

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.
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.
The SPRA meeting sponsored by ARBURG Ltd, explored production efficiency in injection moulding and the new ARBURG Freeformer for additive manufacturing
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 members from polymer processing companies participated in a Polymer Process Special Interest Group working party to discuss the challenges facing the sector.
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.
BPF has produced a guide for public bodies to help their understanding of the benefits of plastics packaging.
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.
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
The theme of the 2012 R W Thomson Lecture was the development of biomedical materials related to surgical replacement of joints and bone grafts.
A report reviews the emergence of technologies based on the principle of additive manufacturing, which have the potential to transform manufacturing in the UK.
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.
Pera is identifying companies eligible to benefit from the latest round of EC Research funding, particularly small to medium sized enterprises (SME).
The theme of the Scottish Polymer Employer Network meeting, hosted by the Research and Enterprise Department at the University of Glasgow in October, was "Innovation in the Polymer Sector".
Dr Matt Duggan, innovation consultant, used case studies to illustrate how Pera assists companies to create better differentiated products and services; the main case study covered Ultramelt, a novel application of ultrasonic heating to improve melt flow in extrusion and injection moulding.
News reports in the SPRA Archives on lectures, meetings, seminars and conferences relating to innovation.

Regulation

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.
News reports in the SPRA Archives on lectures, meetings, seminars and conferences relating to regulation.

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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.