Newsletter                             July 2014


Welcome to July's edition of the SPRA Newsletter.
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



Wednesday 03 Sept
Should I Buy an Electric Car?

Thursday 04 Sept
SPRA Schools Lecture - Fantastic Plastic

Thurday 25 Sept


 2014 SPRA AGM 

The 2014 SPRA AGM recorded another successful year for the Scottish Plastics and Rubber Association.

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Charlie Geddes, Retired SPRA Honorary Secretary

SPRA Honorary Secretary Retires

Charlie Geddes, who has retired as SPRA Honorary Secretary after 14 years in the post, looks back at some of the SPRA achievements during that period.
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 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.
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


Water temperature changes

Moulding for Success 

Andy Barnard, Solutions 4 Polymers Ltd, explained how real life injection moulding problems stem from poor practices and showed how to avoid common mistakes.
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Other News 

Marine Pollution: Plastics Pellets in the Firth of Forth
Plastics pellets continue to be washed up on the shores of the Firth of Forth. Cathy Sexton, Project Manager at FIDRA, looks at the problem from the perspective of an environmental group.
...find out more

Chinaplas 2014, Shanghai
Chinaplas, Asia's No. 1 plastics and Rubber Trade Fair is rapidly catching up on K, the International Trade Fair held in Dusseldorf.
...find out more

The Chemistry Clinic
SMEs and larger companies can access facilities and expertise through the Chemistry Clinic in the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde, in tackling chemistry related problems.
...find out more


 Diary Dates 

          Date:         Wed 03 Sept
          Time:         6.30 for 7.00 pm
          Venue:       Edinburgh Napier University,
                             Merchiston Campus, Edinburgh EH10 5DT

          Topic:        Should I Buy an Electric Car?
          Speaker:   Prof Averil Macdonald        
          Date:         Thur 04 Sept
          Time:         10.30 am
          Venue:       Edinburgh Napier University,                        
                             Riady Lecture Theatre, Craiglockhar Campus, Edinburgh EH14 1DJ
          Topic:        SPRA Schools Lecture - "Fantastic Plastic"
          Speaker:   Prof Averil Macdonald
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          Date:         Thurs 25 Sept
          Time:         6.30 for 7.00 pm
          Venue:       Edinburgh Napier University,
                             Merchiston Campus, Edinburgh EH10 5DT

          Topic:        Adhesives
          Speaker:   Barrie Hayes (Adhesives Consultant)

 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.

SPRA Council 2014-15
SPRA President
                                 Kenneth McIntosh (Rosti UK)
SPRA Vice-President                        David Barlow (Agilent Technologies)
Immediate Past President                 Barry Coughlan (Rosti UK)
Honorary Secretary                           Vacant
Honorary Treasurer                           Mike Barker (Edinburgh Napier University)
Membership Secretary                      Vacant
Education Officer                               Colin Hindle (Edinburgh Napier University)
Social Convener                                 David Barlow (Agilent Technologies)
Young Members' Representative     Stuart Martin (D S Smith Plastics Foam Products)
Other Council Members: Tom Campbell (Plastech Group), Richard Donnell,  Ralph McNeill (Safeglass Europe), Les Rose (Impact Solutions)
, Sheila Patrick
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