Faraday Plastics, a node of the Materials KTN, faces a challenge following Rapra's fall into administration. A report by the Shropshire Star says that more than 20 jobs have been lost at the polymer research centre based in Shropshire, UK.
Rapra is the host organisation for Faraday Plastics, one of eight nodes in the Materials KTN. Dr Robert Quarshie, Operations Director of the Materials KTN, told Materials World that the KTN is working with the board of Faraday Plastics to ensure a continuity of networking services. ‘Rapra's going into administration should not affect services to the plastics and polymer community,' says Quarshie. He stresses that the programme of work planned for the next two-to-three months will be carried forward.
Quarshie is confident that a ‘continuity of service' can be maintained, and says that Rapra has brought value to the KTN using its coordinating services but emphasises that the networking value of the KTN sits within the community itself. These networking activities can be transferred to other organisations and include advice on technical matters, material developments, and business growth.
‘The KTN has a lot of knowledge within it...that's one of the advantages of belonging to an umbrella network. What happens to a core partner is not critical enough to cut off the networking opportunities that exist within the community.'