New Kit for Local College Football Team

We are delighted to announce that we are sponsoring Chichester College Women’s Football team. The partnership will start with immediate effect and will involve front of shirt sponsorship for all strips for three seasons.
Emma Alexandre, who coaches the team, approached the company during the summer after a very successful season which culminated in the team winning the AoC Sport National Championships in April 2018. The team were crowned National Champions after beating competition from eight other college sides (including elite category sides linked to the FA’s Women’s Super League) to claim victory. This was a great achievement for the college’s Female Football Academy, which is only in its second year.
The strip was unveiled earlier this week, and it has been warmly received by the team.
Captain Amber Howden, who is studying sport and exercise science, said: “We love the new kit and we are really grateful to D W Plastics for their support.”
“The kit is really fresh, it’s a new look for us and it makes us feel more professional. It brings us all together under the college colours.”
Matt Wright, Deputy Head of Learning for Sport at Chichester College, said: “The support from D W Plastics means a lot to the team and it is thanks to the hard work of Emma and Sue that this fantastic opportunity has come about.”
“It is great to work with local companies and for them to see value in our sports teams. Being able to buy new kit, in the college colours, is brilliant and it gives the team something to take pride in. We had a fantastic season last year, and hopefully, we’ll be able to celebrate more successes this season.”
Sue Burley, Managing Director said; “We are excited to be supporting the team and are looking forward to following their progress during the season. We hope that they can replicate their success of last season, but most of all that they enjoy themselves. I applaud the Academy’s commitment to promoting the sport to local youngsters to try to inspire them to engage in sport whether football or any other type of sport.”

Hosting a MacMillan Coffee Morning

Thank you to all who took part and supported our efforts to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support. It was a fun morning with staff, neighbours and other visitors popping into our offices for tea, coffee and cakes. A total of £111 was raised which has been sent off to help this very good cause.

To see how much has been raised by the Coffee Morning hosts across the country so far visit their website.

Why is plastic useful

So why is plastic useful? Thermoplastics, in particular, are lightweight, easy to process, cost-effective, plentiful, resilient, durable, resistant to corrosion and moisture, low maintenance, hygienic, and recyclable. It is because of these benefits that their importance has increased since they were first developed over a hundred years ago. Plastics are replacing the more traditional materials like wood, metal, concrete, rubber, and ceramics as a cost-effective, durable alternative.

Plastic is used for many different products – construction, automotive, aeronautical, rail, medical, safety, military, marine, printing, refrigeration, packaging, electrical and electronics, textile, sports and leisure, and many others. It can be and easily moulded into complex shapes and massed produced to fine tolerances, which makes it easier for engineers to design objects made of plastic rather than in metals or ceramics, for example.

One of the reasons why plastic can be used almost everywhere is that it is not just one material, but a group of materials which contains many sub-categories. There are many different types of plastics polymers, and a lot of them, like Polyethylene, Polypropylene, PVC, ABS, Acrylic, etc., have extremely useful and versatile properties which fit in well with our modern-day lifestyles.

Plastics – Not To Be Thrown Away But Recycled Properly

Plastics are one of the most useful materials ever discovered. The generic term of ‘plastic’ covers many very different materials. It includes organic materials like cellulose acetate to highly specialised engineering materials like PTFE or carbon fibre. Plastics are used in nearly all industries and are an integral part of some industry sectors such as automobile, medical, aeronautical, electronics, to name but a few. Often the switch to plastics is driven by environmental considerations, e.g. saving of natural resources such as forests, metals, and energy conservation through weight reduction. Plastics are lightweight, easy to process, relatively inexpensive and readily available and because of these benefits, their importance to competing materials is constantly increasing.

Plastics in different formulations have been with us now for over a century and due to the versatility and usefulness of the materials are here to stay. Nowadays a world without plastics would be almost impossible. For example, there are very few alternative materials that can be used in hospital operating theatres – lightweight and hygienic.  PVC is used in buildings for wiring and insulation, UPVC windows replace wood, last longer and do not need to be treated every few years. UPVC windows are easily recycled and the reprocessed material has a good commercial value. 

D W Plastics manufactures long-life plastic products and does not make single-use products. Many products are made in UPVC or PVC, the properties of which have excellent sustainability criteria. PVC has also proven to be repeatedly recyclable providing the potential for a further important reduction of its environmental footprint. It is important that recyclability is taken into account from the very beginning, as early as the product design stage. Some plastics are not compatible with each other when recycled, so this should be considered during the design phase of any plastic products. 

The European plastics industry, and particularly the PVC industry, is pro-active its approach and commitment to recycling and material development. However, it is a worldwide problem which will involve cooperation from other countries. We are all responsible for the prevention of plastic waste pollution around the globe and must ensure that the waste does not end up in our countryside, rivers and oceans. One of the key elements is education and, organisations, like the United Nations and Greenpeace, and TV documentaries are essential in highlighting and publicizing the damage caused to the natural environment by the various types of pollution. This, in turn, generates important discussions in government, industry, and the general public about how to tackle these issues. We have to recognise that plastics should not be thrown away but should instead be properly reused.

Our Commitment To Recycling & The Environment

The company recognizes its responsibility to help protect our environment and aims to conduct its business activities in such a manner as to minimize any adverse environmental impact. We constantly look for safer and better ways to enhance manufacturing processes and always try to protect and conserve the environment by pursuing a more ethical and sustainable approach to business.

We assume responsibility for the environment by minimising the harmful effects of the company’s operation and by ensuring appropriate management of generated waste. We ensure that we have control over our waste handling as dealing with waste management efficiently through recycling not only also makes sense financially, it has a huge positive impact on the environment.

We have invested in specialist equipment to recycle our waste products, such as single-use plastics and cardboard, which helps us to meet our obligations to the local community and government legislation. The company is committed to taking whatever action possible to ensure that all waste does not leave our premises unless correctly handled. The company actively encourages recycling both internally by promoting environmental awareness to our employees, and among our suppliers and customers where possible. 

To minimize the environmental impact of both manufacturing and distribution we manage supply carefully. We try to economise on raw materials, conserve energy and water, and minimize the use of environmentally damaging and non-recyclable materials. 

We have invested in machines that re-grind processed plastic so that it can be recycled and fed back into the production process if requirement allows. We also use re-processed material in many of the extrusion product profiles that we produce. We support the circular economy as much as possible.

Many products manufactured are used as alternatives to replace products made from natural resources. For example, DWP manufactures synthetic decking products as alternatives to real teak or real wood. Using these substitutes helps to reduce the demand for natural teak and therefore reduces the deforestation of natural teak forests, for example, Burmese teak, the import of which has been banned in certain European countries. Poor quality, farmed teak only lasts a few years in the marine environment, and PVC decking has better thermal, slip resistance and acoustic properties with a long-life expectancy.

PVC – Uses And Benefits

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), is a synthetic resin made from the polymerization of vinyl chloride. It was first invented by the German chemist, August Wilhelm von Hofmann in 1872, but was not patented until 1913, by Friedrich Heinrich August Klatte, another German chemist.

A lightweight, rigid plastic in its pure form “unplasticized” (UPVC), it is also manufactured in a flexible “plasticized” form (PVC). Second only to polyethylene among the plastics in production and consumption, UPVC is durable and suitable for a wide range of domestic and industrial products, both for indoor and outdoor uses. It finds application in the construction sector, where its rigidity, impact strength, weatherproof attributes and flame resistance are useful qualities, for example in pipes, trunking, window and door frames, trims, cladding, and packaging. Other sectors include transport, healthcare, electrical where its excellent electrical insulation properties are ideal for cabling applications. Due to its rigidity, it must be extruded or moulded above 100 °C (212 °F). PVC is used for other products like raincoats, shower curtains, glazing seals, sleeves and flooring panels.

Further information about PVC:

Of all the plastics, PVC is the most energy efficient, requiring less energy to manufacture. Over half of the PVC is made from salt which is hugely abundant in nature, the rest is made of oil.

Fire Resistance

  • Inherently difficult to ignite especially rigid PVC, naturally ‘0’ fire rated, does not support combustion

Durability

  • Resistant to UV weathering, chemical attack, shock and abrasion. Especially useful for UPVC windows and exterior products – these are important sustainability criteria

Environmentally Sound

Insulation Properties
Good electrical and thermal insulation properties used for most household wiring

  • Good acoustic insulation

Recyclable

  • PVC can be recycled. It is a “thermoplastic” and can be reheated and shaped into new products, or re-chipped
  • The European PVC industry has a voluntary charter to annually recycle 800,000 tonnes/year of PVC by 2020 (Source: The VinylPlus® Voluntary Commitment – June 2011)

Non-biodegradable

  • The combination of longevity with minimal maintenance are very important issues with regard to sustainability.

Investment in new ERP system

As part of our continuous efforts to improve and streamline our business, we are investing in a new ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system. The new software system from WinMan ERP will integrate all reporting systems into one main, secure centralised system and give better visibility of all our processes.

This will help us streamline processes and efficiencies which will help us to keep our prices competitive.

D W Plastics’ Quality Management System achieves ISO 9001:2015 certification

D W Plastics is pleased to announce that it’s Quality Management System has achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification, the internationally recognised management system standard. We have a strong track record in manufacturing high-quality, cost-effective custom plastic extrusion products and our internal systems and processes of quality control have now been approved and certified to the highest standards.

ISO accreditation will help us to maintain and develop company processes and quality systems, which in turn helps us to achieve our goal of continually improving customer requirements and satisfaction.

A brief history of plastics

How long is a piece of plastic string? ‘That may depend on the length of polymer chain it was made from’.
Plastic is one of mankind’s most useful and life-saving inventions. There are very few products that have contributed to the development of the modern world as much as plastic polymers. From containers for safe drinking water, insulating copper electrical cables in our buildings, phones, household goods, thermal insulation, bearings, sheeting, netting, medical, windows and plumbing just to mention a few. The list of the uses for plastics polymers are diverse and numerous.

The first plastics were invented over 100 years ago. The first plastic made from synthetic compounds was polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolanhydride, unsurprisingly, became commonly known as ‘Bakelite’ after the Belgian-born chemist Leo Baekeland. It is a thermosetting phenol formaldehyde resin. Thermoset resins are used today in Epoxy resins (glues, fibreglass) Polyester Resin Melamine (worktops) & urea formaldehyde (particle board/low-density fibreboard).

Another early plastic is cellulose acetate which is an organic plastic made from cotton or wood pulp first made in 1865. It is still in use today for camera film eyeglasses frames and laminating film and can be mixed with natural fibres to make a fabric.

Virtually all thermo polymers can be recycled:

a) back into the original product, or
b) into a lower specification product.

Manufacturers have difficulty in persuading buyers that some products could be made from reprocessed materials; although there appears to be a growing trend towards using part recycled materials. Some materials, especially engineering plastics, are more suitable for injection moulding rather than used in an extrusion process

In the next blog we will discuss the various use of the main polymers. It is very important that the correct polymer is used for any application. We would strongly advise any designer to ask advice on which type of plastic should be used from the manufacturers of the material or product.

New Team Member

Along with our new ISO status and our commitment to improved customer service and quality, we are pleased to welcome Tomasz Kosc to the team. Tomasz has joined our Quality Department to assist with the monitoring and implementation of our quality control systems.

Over the past year, D W Plastics has expanded its workforce by 13% and the company is pleased to be able to offer employment opportunities to the local area.