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Thermoplastics

SPRA Corporate Members, Ferromatik UK and Hardie Polymers, were among the winners of the 2014 Plastics Industry Awards.
Andreas Vetter explained the rapidly expanding field of thermoplastic blends and how their combination of properties is being utilised in various applications.
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.
Dave Wetters, Bio polymers Ltd, reviews developments of bioplastics, their processing and applications
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.
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.
Tony Shelmerdine of Monosol Limited described the grades and applications of water soluble materials based on poly(vinyl alcohol) which being biodegradable have potential for 'green' products. In the second presentation, entitled 'Returning Investment throughout the Design Process', James McLusky and Allan McDougall explained how Shore Design view the key stages of a design project.
SPRA Members Peter Warren and Ed Clutton report on the International Conference “Polymers for Oil and Gas Conference” in Aberdeen
News reports in the SPRA Archives on lectures, meetings, seminars and conferences relating to thermoplastic materials

Elastomers (Rubber)

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.
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.
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.
SPRA provided travel assistance to allow a student on the MSc Advanced Materials Engineering programme at Edinburgh Napier University to travel to Italy to test rocket fuel formulations based on polybutadiene.
SPRA Members Peter Warren and Ed Clutton report on the International Conference “Polymers for Oil and Gas Conference” in Aberdeen
News reports in the SPRA Archives on lectures, meetings, seminars and conferences relating to elastomeric materials

Additives

David Hall (Perrite Europe) outlined the role of flame retardant additives for thermoplastics, particularly in relation to regulations and fire testing.
News reports in the SPRA Archives on lectures, meetings, seminars and conferences relating to additives for polymeric materials
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.
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 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.
News reports in the SPRA Archives on lectures, meetings, seminars and conferences on related materials.

More general information on plastics materials and additives is available at Plastipedia on the British Plastics Federation website

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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.