Polymer Society Newsletter

The Polymer Society
1 May 2013

Welcome to the Spring
2013 newsletter from the Polymer Society, a Division of the Institute of
Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3). 

This newsletter will aim to bring you updates on the activities of the Polymer Society, IOM3 and the
wider polymer community. We hope that you will find it useful and informative and we would welcome any feedback, ideas for content or news from our membership that would be of interest to other members, so please feel free to get in touch by contacting Dr Matthew Thornton.

In this newsletter we outline some of the recent news from the Polymer Society and bring to your
attention some forthcoming events and relevant reports that have been published.

We are also keen to know how we can generate more value for your membership, for example:


  • Materials
    World content
  • Polymer
    Society microsite content
  • More
    PRC:ME papers


Please do not hesitate to get in touch and tell us what you would like to see more of.

We hope that this newsletter is of interest to you now, and will continue to be more so in future
editions. If, however, you do not wish to receive these newsletters please do
just let us know.


Stuart Patrick

Chairman, The Polymer



Polymer News

All of these, and more, can always be found online @ www.polymersociety.org.uk


2012 Annual Report Published

The Polymer Society has
published its Annual Report for 2012, this can be found online at http://www.iom3.org/content/annual-report-4.


Join the Polymer
Processing Special Interest Group

The Materials KTN has
launched a Polymer Processing Special Interest Group (SIG) that will bring together
polymer processing experts from disparate industry sectors and experts 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. Join for FREE at https://connect.innovateuk.org/web/polymer-processing-special-interest-group


SPE Reciprocal
Membership - Where We Are

A trial exchange has now
been completed based on 50 members from each organisation who now have access
to each others member website, conference information, professional development
possibilities etc... A review will be carried out at the end of the year to
determine advantages and issues to be addressed before moving into the second
and final year of the agreement.


Feature on a Local
Society - Scotland

The Scottish Plastics
and Rubber Association (SPRA) was formed in 1993 to continue the activities of
the Scottish Section of the Plastics and Rubber Institute (PRI) after the
merger of the PRI with the Institute of Metals and the Ceramics Institute to
form the Institute of Materials. The PRI in turn had been formed by an
amalgamation of the Plastics Institute and the Institution of the Rubber
Industry in 1975. A Scottish Section of the Plastics Institute had been active
since the early 1940s and the Scottish Section of the Institution of the Rubber
Industry was established in 1927.

The primary aim of the
SPRA is "to promote the advancement of plastics, rubber and related
materials, through education and training in the science, engineering and
design associated with the manufacture, conversion and end-use of polymeric
materials". This is achieved through the SPRA newsletter, website, meetings
and events. Find out more at: www.spra.org.uk.


Meet the Board

The Polymer Society
Board has members from all sectors of the polymer community, including
industrial and academic representatives and consultants, representatives from
RTOs, membership organisations and Trade Associations and representation from
the South African Local Society as a corresponding member. Full details of the
members of the Polymer Society Board can be found at: http://www.iom3.org/content/contacts-1.


Industry Affiliate

The Institute has run a
corporate membership programme call the Industry Affiliate Scheme (IAS) for
over 15 years now. The IAS has recently been revamped for 2013 and full details
of the benefits of membership can be found at http://www.iom3.org/ias.


The Sustainable
Development Group

The Sustainable
Development Group (SDG) is the centre of expertise on sustainability and the
environment in IOM3. Its roles include the promotion of whole life-cycle
thinking across the professional interests of the members of IOM3 and it
provides a body of expertise to respond to requests to the Institute for
opinions on sustainable development and the environment. Find out more at http://www.iom3.org/content/sustainable-development-group.



A full
list of polymer related events can always be found at: http://www.iom3.org/events/all/609+1923


PDM 2013

18-19 June 2013,
Telford International Centre, Telford, UK

PDM is the only
exhibition and conference specifically aimed at the design and moulding aspects
of the UK plastics industry. PDM 2013 is set to be the most exciting event in
the show's history, with more new and exciting initiatives than ever before. If
you are involved in the industry, this is an event you cannot afford to miss.
The Polymer Society will have a stand (E011) at this event - we look forward to
meeting and welcoming members. Further information can be found at http://www.iom3.org/events/pdm-2013.



4-5 July 2013, Lyon,

EUROTEC 2013 is a
comprehensive technical conference for plastics, produced by the Society of
Plastics Engineers. The conference provides cutting-edge technical information
in the fields of: injection Moulding, Extrusion, Thermoforming, Additives
technology, Mould design, Bio-Polymers, Recycling, Nano-Technologies, New
Polymer materials, Automotive and many more. Further information can be found
at http://www.iom3.org/events/spe-eurotec-2013.


PVC 2014

1-3 April 2014,
Hilton Brighton Metropole, Brighton, UK

Arranged by PVC
Professionals for the PVC Industry to support educational initiatives that benefit
the industry. The triennial "Brighton" conference continues to be the
world's largest and most reputable forum to support the future of PVC globally
via information, education debate and discussion. For further information or to
submit a paper visit http://www.iom3.org/events/pvc-2014-0.


RubberCon 2014:
Advanced Engineering & Materials Developments

14-15 May 2014,
Radisson Blu Hotel, Manchester, UK

RubberCon 2014 is to be
hosted in the historic home to the global rubber industry - Manchester - the
location where Thomas Hancock and Charles Macintosh first built their joint
factory to produce waterproof clothing in 1825. Hancock, and Manchester, can
lay claim to the first patent of vulcanisation in the world as well as being
the home of the invention of the internal mixer. As a result Manchester's
association with the origins of the rubber industry is assured and RubberCon
2014 aims to reflect that legacy by addressing the topics, needs and aspirations
of the rubber industry both for today and tomorrow. In line with the focus of
the conference the organising committee request the submission of papers
relevant to our two conference themes, Advanced Engineering and Modelling of
Rubber & Materials' Developments. For further information or to submit a
paper visit http://www.iom3.org/events/rubbercon2014.