We work extensively with industry to develop engineered plastic components that are clearly and demonstrably better, cheaper, safer or more efficient than those made from alternative materials. We partner with our customers to arrive at solutions tailored to their individual needs. Customer requirements may extend from protective wear guards – which are required by almost all manufacturing machines – to sophisticated innovations, such as time and cost-saving split plummer blocks. We also supply gears, rollers, sheave pulleys, industrial seals, pistons and low-friction plastics applicable to the manufacturing industry automation, hygiene and high-speed processing.
Our tough, light and hygienic engineered plastics are used across a range of food and beverage applications, including dairy, confectionary, snackfoods, brewery, bakery and primary industry. From complex fabrications and machinery components, to machine guards to preparation surfaces, our standards-compliant food-grade, chemically resistant and moisture-resistant plastics are ideally suited to safety, automation, high speed processing and packaging and process hygiene requirements. They respond also to the needs of Clean in Place (CIP) systems, enzyme systems and aseptic packaging, which are important areas where such plastics can offer high performance in terms of resistance to temperatures, radiation, chemicals and water.
Our light, rugged and durable engineering plastics are outstandingly suited to mineral processing and bulk materials handling, often as an alternative to heavier, more expensive metals that are more difficult to fabricate, install and maintain. Properties such as low-friction sliding, wear resistance, resistance to chemicals and suitability for wet and aggressive environments are ideal for applications extending from machinery components (such as wire rope sheaves, rollers and guides) through to non-clogging liners for bins, silos, trucks and loaders.
The same qualities that make our Wearply product suitable for advanced aerospace and medical applications – such as helicopter blades and MRI equipment – mean it can be employed with confidence in rail, ship loading, materials handling and high-precision tasks where reliability is vital. The advantages of Wearply reinforced plastic composite include Improved electrical resistance for performance as an electrical insulator in areas such as rail jointing, where it is used in standard, heavy duty and adhesive types.
We are leading suppliers to the timber industry and primary product materials handling organisations. Our polyurethane and UHMWPE idler and drive sockets, roller lugs and J-Hooks are complemented by Wearex® wear strip, chain caps, sprockets, duct, wear strips and belt guides, as well as flat bar, sheet and rod. Our market-leading Chanex® UHMWPE channel – a quiet, low maintenance material – is being used in industrial applications all over the world.
Safety is an essential part of all the industries listed here and a top priority for companies globally. Our plastics are typically used in applications where they provide outstanding wear resistance in a much lighter weight or compact space than metal or other alternatives. Our suppliers are also strongly involved in development of plastics from biodegradable materials where required for particular applications.