Bumper year for inventor

Inspired by the film covering the hood of a car in his local garage, Australian inventor Darryl Withington set out to devise a protective shield for car bumpers.

The result – Plasti-Guard – is a protective, transparent skin which covers the exposed areas of a car’s bumper, protecting it from stone chips and minor bumps.

Knowing little about plastics, Withington had to find a material which, when thermoformed, could be shaped to fit the varying contours of car bumpers.

After much searching, he selected Eastman’s Spectar copolyester, a material which he has found to have excellent clarity and chemical resistance.