Newsletter                             April 2014


Welcome to the new style Newsletter for the Scottish Plastics and Rubber Association.  Last year we switched from hard copy newsletter to an electronic version but retained the same format. This year we are changing the format to make the Newsletter more accessible and to make circulation easier.
For most items in this Newsletter there is a short summary of the topic and a link to the SPRA website, or other website, for a fuller version.
SPRA members are encouraged to submit possible items for the SPRA website, or leads on relevant stories, which would be of interest to SPRA members and other readers of the Newsletter and website.

Contact Sheila Patrick, SPRA website and Newsletter Editor



Tuesday 29 April

Monday 23 June
Plastics Design and Innovation

 SPRA Membership 

Renewal of SPRA Membership and payment of annual fees (where appropriate) have now gone online through WebCollect.
Thanks to all SPRA Members who have completed the renewal/payment process for 2014.
For members who have not completed the process, early action would be appreciated, preferably before the SPRA AGM in May.
If you did not receive an email for the renewal/payment procedure or have misplaced it, please contact Mark Hinds as soon as possible.
SPRA Membership fees for 2014
Membership                                                    2014 Fees
Corporate                                                              £200
Individual                                                                £15
Teachers (involved in SPRA activities)                 Free
Students (on designated polymer courses)         Free
Fergus Hardie, SPRA Membership Secretary


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.  Guests were treated to the usual mixture of excellent food, good wine and great entertainment, with the bonus of networking with others in the industry. find out more
Dinner Dance 2014

 Diary Dates 

          Date:    Tuesday 29 April
          Time:    Buffet from 5.45pm for 7.00 pm
          Venue:  University of West of Scotland,
                        Almada Street, Hamilton ML3 0JB

          Topic:   Moulding4Success
          Speaker:  Andy Barnard (Solutions 4 Polymers)
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          Date:    Monday 23 June
          Time:    6.30 for 7.00 pm
          Venue:  Edinburgh Napier University, Merchiston Campus
          Topic:    Plastics Design and Innovation
          Speakers:  John McLoughlin (POLYnnovation)





Prototyping was the theme of the February SPRA technical meeting in the premises of MAKLab, an open access workshop. Bruce Newlands explained the origin, philosophy and operation of MAKLab before SPRA members and guests toured the extensive range of equipment in the workshop, an ideal environment for the low-cost production of models and prototypes. The evening ended with a presentation from Design Consultancy, Fearsomengine on how they tackle the production of prototypes. find out more

 Advances in Thermoplastics 

The March SPRA meeting at Edinburgh Napier University addressed two aspects of Advances in Thermoplastics, both aimed at expanding the properties profiles of thermoplastics to meet the demands of diverse applications.
David Hall, Commercial Director of Perrite Europe, outlined the role of flame retardant additives, particularly in relation to regulations and fire testing. find out more
Andreas Vetter, Product Manager at A Schulman in Germany, explained the rapidly expanding field of thermoplastic blends and how their combination of properties is being utilised in various applications.  find out more

 SPRA Student Scholarship 

The 2014 SPRA Student Scholarship was presented by Simon Wrighton, Sales Director of Arburg, sponsors for the award, to Surya Vesavkar, a final year BEng (Hons) Polymer Engineering student at Edinburgh Napier University, for his outstanding performance in polymer modules.  Last summer Surya had a 6 month placement at Impact Solutions in Grangemouth and 1 month work experience at McLaren Plastics at Loanhead.  Surya is hoping to continue his education with a Masters Degree in polymer composites.

Student Scholarship

 Polymer Study Tours 

Highly Regarded residential course for school teachers:  FREE
Dates and venues for 2014 are:
                Edinburgh Napier University:                      22 - 25 June
                London Metropolitan University:              29 June  – 2 July
                University of Manchester:                           6 – 9 July
For further details click here
Colin Hindle will be happy to supply further details of the course and advise on booking places.

 Newsletter Archive 

Modification of the SPRA website has been carried out  to incorporate an archive of Newsletters (from 2011).  Click here to view the changes.

Website users can now subscribe to Newsletter circulation.

Other News 

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’. find out more
7 Associations Letter
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. find out more
SPRA Council 2013-14
SPRA President
                                 Kenneth McIntosh (Rosti UK)
SPRA Vice-President                        David Barlow (Agilent Technologies)
Immediate Past President                 Barry Coughlan (Rosti UK)
Honorary Secretary                           Charlie Geddes
Honorary Treasurer                           Mike Barker (Edinburgh Napier University)
Membership Secretary                      Fergus Hardie (Hardie Polymers)
Education Officer                               Colin Hindle (Edinburgh Napier University)
Social Convener                                 David Barlow (Agilent Technologies)
Young Members' Representative      Stuart Martin (D S Smith Plastics Foams)
Other Council Members: Tom Campbell (Plastech Group), Chris Clark (Rosti UK), Richard Donnell, Sheena Geddes, Ralph McNeill (Safeglass Europe), Les Rose (Impact Solutions)

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