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Scottish Plastics and Rubber Association Scottish Plastics and Rubber Association

About Us

Who are we?

The Scottish Plastics and Rubber Association (SPRA) is a Scottish Company Limited by Guarantee, (Company Number: SC270173; Registered Address: 24 Great King Street, Edinburgh EH3 6QN).

The SPRA provides a forum for discussion of topics of mutual benefit to members in the form of technical and business meetings, seminars, a regular newsletter and a website. The SPRA also organises social functions for members to allow them to relax in the company of professionals with similar outlook, away from the stresses of the workplace. SPRA members are encouraged to engage in Continuing Professional Development (CPD), participate in the activities of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3) and form links with other groups with similar interests.

The SPRA is affiliated to the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and is also an Affiliate Member of the British Plastics Federation

Aims of SPRA

The primary aim of the SPRA is: "to promote the advancement of plastics, rubber and related materials, through education and training in the science, engineering and design associated with the manufacture, conversion and end-use of polymeric materials". This is achieved through the SPRA Newsletter, website, meetings and events.

In a normal year the SPRA arranges 7 evening meetings, with invited speakers talking on themes of Materials, Processing, Design and Business. Venues for the evening meetings are varied to make attendance more attractive to members in different geographical areas. Some meetings are sponsored by companies and attendance by non-members is encouraged. The SPRA also organises larger seminars based on a series of presentations and accompanying exhibitions on a particular theme. Members are kept informed through a plastic Newsletter, this website and regular mailshots. The popular annual Dinner Dance in early March gives an opportunity for members and guests to let their hair down and enjoy themselves.


Members, with a common interest in plastics and rubber materials and representing from shop floor to senior management, are drawn from over 80 organisations covering raw material suppliers, converters, end-users (small enterprises to multi-national companies), machinery suppliers, designers, consultants and academic institutions.

Involvement with the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3) is maintained through the presence of SPRA members on Institute committees. The SPRA Council, currently numbering 11 elected members, meets on a regular basis to organise activities and services for members.

Corporate Membership allows companies opportunities for networking, supporting the activities of the SPRA and helping the SPRA to be the voice of the polymer industry in Scotland.


The Scottish Plastics and Rubber Association was formed in 1993 to continue the activities of the Scottish Section of the Plastics and Rubber Institute (PRI) after the merger of the PRI with the Institute of Metals and the Ceramics Institute to form the Institute of Materials (IoM). The PRI in turn had been formed by amalgamation of the Plastics Institute (PI) and the Institution of the Rubber Industry (IRI) in 1975. A Scottish Section of the Plastics Institute had been active since the early 1940s and the Scottish Section of the Institution of the Rubber Industry was established in 1927.

The SPRA was set up in 1993 as an autonomous body, affiliated to the Institute of Materials and modelled on the well established Scottish Association for Metals. In 2004 the Scottish Plastics and Rubber Association became a Scottish Company Limited by Guarantee.
Registration No. SC270173

SPRA Presidents

From To Name Company
1993 to 1993 Colin S Hindle Napier University
1993 to 1995 John S Adams Silleck Mouldings
1995 to 1996 Coll Findlay TC Industries
1996 to 1998 George Wellwood GE Plastics
1998 to 2000 Stephen Learney GE Plastics
2000 to 2003 Hugh Smith Albyn of Stonehaven
2003 to 2005 Colin S Hindle Napier University
2005 to 2005 James MacSporran Caledonian Ferguson Timpson
2005 to 2007 Ralph McNeill Safeglass Europe
2007 to 2009 Leslie J Rose Impact Laboratories
2009 to 2011 Fergus Hardie Hardie Polymers
2011 to 2013 Barry Coughlan Rosti UK Ltd
2013 to 2014 Kenneth McIntosh Rosti UK Ltd
2014 to 2017 David Barlow Agilent Technologies
2017 to Present  Kevin Ross Impact Solutions

SPRA Council 2014-18

President Kevin Ross Impact Solutions
Vice President vacant  
Honorary Secretary Ralph McNeill Safeglass (Europe)
Honorary Treasurer Mike Barker Edinburgh Napier University
Membership Secretary Les Rose  Impact Solutions
Education Officer Colin Hindle Edinburgh Napier University
Social Convener David Barlow Agilent Technologies
Immediate Past President Barry Coughlan Rosti UK Ltd
Young Member Representative Stuart Martin D S Smith Plastics Foam Products
Council Member Tom Campbell Plastech Group Ltd
Council Member Richard Donnell
Council Member Sheila Patrick  

Privacy Policy

This privacy policy sets out how Scottish Plastics and Rubber Association (SPRA) uses and protects any information that you give SPRA when you use this website.

SPRA is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.
SPRA may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from 1 March 2011.

What we collect

We may collect the following information:

  • name and job title
  • contact information including email address
  • demographic information such as postcode, preferences and interests
  • other information relevant to customer surveys and/or offers

What we do with the information we gather

We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:

  • Internal record keeping.
  • We may use the information to improve our services.
  • We may periodically send promotional emails about new information which we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided.
  • From time to time, we may also use your information to contact you for market research purposes. We may contact you by email, phone, fax or mail. We may use the information to customise the website according to your interests.


We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

How we use cookies

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.
We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.
Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.
You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Controlling your personal information

You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways:

  • whenever you are asked to fill in a form on the website, look for the box that you can click to indicate that you do not want the information to be used by anybody for direct marketing purposes
  • if you have previously agreed to us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time by writing to or emailing us at

We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. We may use your personal information to send you promotional information about third parties which we think you may find interesting if you tell us that you wish this to happen.
You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998. A small fee will be payable. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please write to [address].
If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible, at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.


The Scottish Plastics and Rubber Association (SPRA) provides this website as a service.

While the information contained within the site is periodically updated, no guarantee is given that the information provided in this website is correct, complete, and/or up-to-date.

The materials contained on this website are provided for general information purposes only and do not constitute legal or other professional advice on any subject matter. SPRA does not accept any responsibility for any loss which may arise from reliance on information contained on this site.

Permission is given for the downloading and temporary storage of one or more of these pages for the purpose of viewing on a personal computer. The contents of this site are protected by copyright under international conventions and, apart from the permission stated, the reproduction, permanent storage, or retransmission of the contents of this site is prohibited without the prior written consent of SPRA.

Some links within this website may lead to other websites, including those operated and maintained by third parties. SPRA includes these links solely as a convenience to you, and the presence of such a link does not imply a responsibility for the linked site or an endorsement of the linked site, its operator, or its contents (exceptions may apply).

This website and its contents are provided "AS IS" without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement.

Reproduction, distribution, republication, and/or retransmission of material contained within this website are prohibited unless the prior written permission of SPRA has been obtained.

Corporate Members

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.