Polymer centre opens

Plastics and rubber materials specialist Smithers Rapra has opened a new Polymer Consulting Centre at its UK Headquarters in Shropshire.

The Polymer Consulting Centre aims to provide collaborative plastics and rubber materials expertise, allowing innovative solutions to be developed by multi-disciplinary teams, supported by on-site analytical and testing laboratories.

The centre will supply a complete range of services to support customers throughout a product’s lifecycle, from the initial materials selection, design, processing and prototype development plus durability and compliance testing to failure analysis and recycling.

‘There are a host of technical service providers offering manufacturers of plastics and rubber products various testing, analytical and technology services, many of which are aligned to materials suppliers,’ said Dr Chris O’Connor, the technology manager heading up the new Consultancy Centre.

‘Where we differ, is that we are giving customers a combination of independent technical expertise all on one site, comprising polymer technologists, chemical and materials testing analysts, product development and R&D specialists. We don’t just provide results, we interpret them. Our goal is to help organisations ensure that they derive real value from the polymer solutions provided.’

The Shropshire-based Polymer Consulting Centre will also work as a central hub to the whole group of technology and scientific companies in The Smithers Group, making use of the all of the innovations and technical services offered throughout the organisation and bringing them to UK customers.