UK Polymer Processors – the Materials KTN needs your feedback

The Polymer Society
14 Jun 2013

The newly formed Polymer Processing Special Interest Group (SIG) will bring together polymer processing experts from disparate industry sectors and those that work with different polymeric materials to share knowledge, with a view to increasing the level of innovation within the UK polymer processing sector so that it is better placed to meet global challenges and respond to ever-changing market forces. After receiving input from industry at a series of events, a report has been produced that is now ready for wider industry consultation.

The UK polymer processing sector is one of the most innovative and globally competitive players but it is felt that this critical part of the supply chain, as for so many manufacturing sectors, needs more support and new methods of engagement to stimulate innovation, collaboration and technology transfer to achieve growth. In response to this, the Polymer Sector Board of the Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (Materials KTN) commissioned a team to investigate the current and future needs of the sector with a view to creating a Polymer Processing SIG to help provide and facilitate the support required.

Over the past several months, the Polymer Processing SIG team has run a series of Working Party events to actively gather information on the current challenges facing UK companies in the sector. An initial series of regional events, in partnership with the Scottish Plastics and Rubber Association (SPRA) and the Northern Ireland Polymers Association (NIPA), were kindly hosted by ROSTI UK Limited and Canyon Europe Limited respectively. A wide range of polymer processing companies across both rubber and plastics were represented and their input was invaluable in forming the basis of the initial report, which is now ready to distribute to the wider industry for further consultation. At the end of the consultation period all the findings will be collated and refined to form the basis of a proposal to fund-providers with information about how the Polymer Processing SIG will work to further improve support to this valuable sector.

The report is to be launched at the PDM 2013 event in Telford on 18 & 19 June 2013 on stand E011. Details are available at If you would like to get a hard copy of the report or to give us any feedback on the report please visit the stand.

Please also join the discussion and give us your feedback on the report by taking part in our online survey at