The British Plastics Federation

The BPF (British Plastics Federation) is the UK’s leading trade union for the whole plastics industry, it was established in 1933 and now has over 500 members. They are involved with members from all across the plastics supply chain in the UK and help to address concerns for these members.

They provide a large amount of industry news and resources which can be a great help when navigating this industry. Information on trade shows, seminars and events is all easily accessible on their website.
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Why is plastics manufacturing coming back to the UK?

After years of Britain’s plastics being mostly manufactured in China, it is finally returning home to the UK. How come after years of this business being dominated by the Far East, why is it moving back? Here are a few reasons:

More Flexibility in Order Sizes

As most companies who use plastics will know, not every order is massive, maybe for the multi-million pound companies it is, but not for the average business. This makes importing from the Far East more difficult because they work better with a large period of notice and a bulk order. They don’t work well with small orders that are all very different products.

Manufacturing in the UK gives you this flexibility and quick turn around that smaller businesses desire. You can send changes easily but also there is less of a wait between when you send a brief to when you receive a product because it isn’t travelling across the world and you can contact each other with ease.
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Plastic Sustainability

Plastic is an extremely valuable material which is vital to many businesses and trades. This is why we need to make sure that we are creating sustainable plastics and only using what we need.

Plastic can sometimes be painted as the bad guy in the news, but plastics pipes use less energy to produce and transport then iron and concrete. They are so lightweight that they save the building industry thousands in transport costs and help to save emissions. Plastic pipes for water can save gallons of water by stopping more leaks.
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UK Manufacturing Industry Going From Strength To Strength

It has been a record year here at Rayda Plastic. There has been growth in the Building and Utilities industries creating a greater demand for products that have been manufactured through the process of plastic extrusion. This growth isn’t just evident at Rayda, it seems that UK manufacturing is going from strength to strength at the moment.

The Office For National Statistics states that “Total production output for July 2017 compared with July 2016 increased by 0.4%, with manufacturing providing the largest upward contribution.”

Source – https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/economicoutputandproductivity/output/bulletins/indexofproduction/july2017

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Plastic Extrusion Around the Home at Christmas

Christmas Day is just around the corner. It’s that time of year with the Christmas decorations go up, the Christmas shopping is in full swing all in preparation for the big day. You probably don’t put much thought into it but there are some very clever processes that contribute to Christmas being such a success. Yes, we are talking about those Christmas decorations, those children’s toys and those plastic containers that store left over food from the Christmas Dinner.

A lot of the things you use and see over Christmas are produced by the process of plastic extrusion.

So whilst you are enjoying your Christmas festivities, here are some of the items you can look out for and impress your friends and family with the knowledge that they were likely produced by the process of plastic extrusion.

Tupperware
Artificial trees
Gift wrap
Presents such as bottles, sports equipment and more
Christmas decorations

At Rayda Plastic, although we are yet to extrude Christmas products we still like to highlight the versatility that plastic extrusion offers.

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K Resin to Be Introduced in Europe

Albis UK Ltd, the international distributor and compounder of plastic resins, have just acquired the rights to distribute K-Resin SBC. Albis have been distributing plastic compounds for many years and now K-Resin, with it’s host of outstanding characteristics some of which are listed below, will sit alongside their other compounds.

K Resin is a styrene-butadiene copolymer that is commonly used in injection moulding and of course the all important process of plastic extrusion.

Why K Resin?

K Resin has some favourable properties including;

Transparency – this plastic allows lights to pass through without the light looking scattered. This combined with the high gloss finish means K Resin looks great on the shelf, it is often glistening and eye catching.

Rigidity – the material even offers a great level of rigidity, even when for example it might be used for labelling it does not wrinkle and is therefore, favourable over other shrink sleeve film alternatives.

Yield advantage – due to its lower density, less material is needed to be used than for example, materials like PVC, as there is less material being used the product becomes more cost effective.

We can expect to see the K Resin become evident in plastics used across the packaging, medical, toys and display industries in Europe as it is already evident in food packaging, labelling films, shrink film and flooring systems in other areas of the world.

Could we see K Resin being used at Rayda Plastic?… Watch this space

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Factors To Consider For Your Plastic Extrusion

At Rayda Plastics we have been extruding plastics since 1979, and are certainly experts when it comes to custom plastic extrusion. We work with a variety of clients from, Utilities and Construction, to food, farming and fishing. We are continually expanding.

It is important to us that the finished extruded product is the best it possibly can be and therefore, when discussing your custom plastic extrusion there are certain factors that will need to be considered in the design process in order to ensure that the finished plastic extruded profile is fit for purpose.  These factors will need to be considered in your design:

Wall Balance – So that the material can flow equally throughout, the wall thickness needs to be similar at all points. This will also allow the material to cool at a similar rate. If you had one area that had a greater thickness, its cooling period would be different causing the extrusion to bend. Continue reading

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Plastic Is Fantastic – Rayda Reveal Common Plastic Uses

At Rayda we use a range of plastic materials to produce our plastic extrusions including; UPVC, Flexible PVC, ABS, HIPS, Polypropylene, TPU and more! Some are soft and malleable, others and hard and durable. We aren’t the only ones that recognise the fantastic benefits of plastic and it is therefore a favourable material choice within many different industries.

Medical industry – Plastic can help protect against contamination and therefore it often a popular material choice. Due to the shape that plastic can form plastic is also used to create tubes and other products needed within a medical environment.

Travel industry – You will find plastic material whether you are in your car or flying in a plane. The light weight properties that plastic possess,  means that it can help reduce fuel usage. Continue reading

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UK Leading Plastic Industry Event – Interplas Scheduled for 2020

The next Interplas event is set to take place between 29th September and 1st October 2020. It comes as no surprise that the UK’s leading plastics industry event is already being planned with applications open to exhibit already available.

The show has been running for over 60 years providing an opportunity for manufacturers to reveal their innovations in plastics technology and existing products.

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UK Manufacturing And Its Benefits

At Rayda we have been manufacturing all of our plastic extrusions in our British Factory since we were founded in 1976. Being UK manufacturers ourselves we have always been hugely supportive of UK manufacturing and strongly believe that as a UK manufacturer we are able to offer some fantastic benefits to our extrusion customers.

We are able to deliver a personal, efficient and professional service tailored precisely to meet your needs from start to finish.

By using manufacturers in the UK there is often a reduced lead time, meaning your required product could be in your hands a lot sooner. As our extrusions are produced on site we can always provide you with accurate and ideal timescales.

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