Plastic - Foam - Rubber

We are Epoxy 2 part plastics, foam, blown foam, rubber, silicone rubbers, sheet plastic, GRP, Kevlar and Carbon Fibre specialists.

Our Plastics, foam and rubber knowledge has been built up over the past 8 years, we've worked from the bottom up with manual equipment and basic materials and onto automated process's which has seen us make our own equipment to do the job just how we wanted it done.

We either use vacuum or low pressure, except in the Auto Clave which uses medium and high pressure, our approach allows for tooling to be manufactured at sensible costs.

Typically our plastic foam and rubber manufacturing operates between 25hg vacuum and 15 to 45 psi which compares to the plastic injection process that can be 120 tonnes and required very specific metal tooling taking time and costing thousands of pounds. Our tooling can cost as little as 25 pounds and made in a few hours.

We have an Automated Cannon Shelly thermoformer, often called vac formers for short, which uses a series of heater plates suspended above a sheet of solid plastic, by heating it to near melting point it can be "formed" into any shape within reason. Our machine has a 1016mm by 762mm maximum forming area, with plug assist and is suitable for short to medium prototype and production runs.

All our systems (except the vacuum former) use a 2 part liquid system, we can alter the chemical balance of each part to produce simulated materials, for example simulated ABS when ours is actually an epoxy based product with all the same qualities of ABS. We can also introduce a frothing agent to produce a vast array of foams or coloured pigments to make pre coloured parts.

This wet system also makes it very easy to install any fittings required into place and then the liquid as its injected fully encapsulates the fitting and bonds it to the part ensuring it doesn't come loose during use.

Typically GRP moulds that have been used for GRP manufacture can be converted for plastic part manufacture by making an inner mould although it is better that moulds are made from the ground up for the task. However especially for the after market automotive styling kits it is a cost effective way forward as it brings a feeling of better quality and reduces the production costs, by about a third, and times, from a 5 day to a 45 minute turn around, it is an option that recovers its costs typically over a 10 to 20 production run.

We have been working with GRP (glass reinforced plastic or fibreglass as its often referred to) for 20 years now and pride ourselves on our mould making capabilities. we make moulds for hand lay up through to semi automated process such as RIM.

For Carbon-Fibre we can use RIM or we can use pre-preg's and run them through our autoclave. New in 1998 it has a 750mm diameter and a total inner length of 1500mm and it's computer control system is fully programmable for any heat and duration cycle combination.

Under Vacuum

Under "LOW" Pressure

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