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Channel Swim Relay – Successful

We congratulate our colleague and the team on their successful swim challenge. They managed to raise over £2,300 for the Marine Conservation Society. Here is a report on the swim:

Swimming the Channel as a relay is all about the team you do it with, it is a huge physical challenge but also very much a mental challenge. Not only is there the seasickness, but also the jellyfish, the huge ships, the cold water and the vast openness of the ocean which can freak you out (even if you don’t start worrying about how deep it is and what’s down there!). 

Our team have been training for 2 years with the last few months of intensive sea swimming training. It takes this long, as you need to acclimatise yourself sufficiently to cold water swimming, so basically, swimming in just a swimsuit at least once a week, all winter in either the sea, river, or a lake. 

You need a team who support each other not only through the swim but also through the training, as getting in to swim repeatedly when everybody around you is wrapped up in coats and woolly hats is no fun. In addition, there was the added challenge of keeping swim fit and staying mentally positive during multiple Covid-19 lockdowns and limited time in pool swim sessions. 

channel swim route

Channel Swim Relay Route

Swim report 

Chloe started us off from Dover in complete darkness, just lit by a torch shone on the beach from the boat at 01:18 am and the excitement was high. The water was rolling but nice conditions.

Carmen swam the second-night swim leg.

Unfortunately, by 03:00 am we got hit with seasickness first with Michelle and then Chloe. 

Jane swam the 3.30 am sunrise swim, only to find no sunrise just a foggy soup, you couldn’t see anything at all except our boat. 

Michelle got in for her first swim and thought the sickness would stop but it didn’t she continued to be sick whilst swimming.

We repeated our order of Chloe, Carmen, Jane, and Michelle for the next rotations of swims, which was when the Jellies decided to come out. Chloe and Carmen both repeatedly stung.

Jane got in for the third swim and was told by the pilot ‘you need to swim fast so we can make the Cap Gris- Nez’, the fastest crossing point. She was exhausted after her hour, but we were close enough in.

Michelle got into lovely flat water as we were out of the shipping lane, so pushed hard to ensure we got close enough inshore to miss the pull of the tide which if you get caught adds approx. 2 hours to the swim as it drags you up the French coast. While she swam the fog finally cleared and the team could see dolphins and a seal.

Chloe had to go in for the 4th swim still unwell but swam hard and pulled us into Wissant Bay, just above the Cap.   Carmen took it home to the steps of the Sea Wall at Wissant. 

We had glorious sunshine on the way home and finally, the sickness stopped so we could enjoy our achievements. We wanted 14-16 hrs and finished in 13.31 hours we are so very proud of each other, it was true teamwork.


What’s the difference between UPVC and PVC?

UPVC (Unplasticized Polyvinyl Chloride, PVCu) is a rigid material that can be used for thermoplastic extrusion and is supplied complexly clear or in a variety of colours and strengths. Unplasticised PVC is one of the stiffest polymers at ambient temperatures and is very durable. It is extremely versatile and can be used for UPVC profiles for internal and external applications, such as window frames, fence posts, trims, pipes, cores, cladding, and trunking.


PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) has plasticizers added to make the product more flexible. Flexible PVC is a thermoplastic extrusion polymer used in a wide variety of plastic profiles. It can be very lightweight and is available in various softnesses, grades and a wide range of colours. It is very resilient and is compatible with many additives for colour, UV stabilization, and flame retardants. It is used for sleeves, gaskets trims and hosing, seals, handrails, decking products, wire, and cable insulation to name but a few.

Why recycle plastics?

Plastic products are a valuable resource and not waste. They should be collected, recycled and reused. Products can be rechipped, melted down and reprocessed into a practical material compound that can be used to make the same or other plastic products.

For example, milk, household detergent bottles, shampoo bottles can be made into new bottles, large and small containers, plastic planks, plastic furniture, playground equipment, recycling bins, T-shirts, fleece clothing, insulation for jackets and sleeping bags, carpeting and more. Plastic bottle caps can be recycled and used to make storage containers, reusable shopping bags, rope, garden tools, car batteries, and more bottle lids.

Plastics have a very good environmental profile:

  • Less energy is used to produce it compared to other materials
  • Only a very small percentage of the world’s oil production is used for the production of plastics
  • Plastic products are durable and when they have completed their practical life cycle, they can either be recycled or incinerated to provide a source of energy
  • By being lightweight plastics help to reduce fuel consumption in vehicles, whether in the transport of goods or the manufacture of cars, planes, trains.
  • Plastic packaging reduces food waste and saves energy in transport, and is recyclable
  • Plastic piping reduces leakages and therefore conserves water and saves energy processing and pumping water.

Plastic products have a huge role in sustainable construction providing excellent insulation properties and are cost-effective and provide durability. Replacing natural products with plastic products saves natural resources, e.g., helps to reduce deforestation.

Recycling plastics helps to:

  • Minimise the amount of plastics sent to landfill sites
  • Reduces the environmental impact of plastic-rich products
  • Helps to conserve oil stocks
  • Save energy as it uses less energy than producing new polymers
  • Reduces the impact of plastic waste on the environment.

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D W Plastics expand manufacturing capabilities

We are pleased to announce that we have expanded our manufacturing capabilities by taking over the plastic extrusion equipment and business from an injection moulding business based on the south coast.

The acquisition is part of our ongoing development and improvement plans to expand our manufacturing capabilities with the aim of providing customers with a wider range of services.

Sue Burley, Managing Director, D W Plastics says:

“Despite the current challenging economic conditions we are pleased to have been able to take this opportunity, which has been mutually beneficial to both companies.”

“It is part of D W Plastics’ on-going development and improvement plans to enable us to expand our manufacturing capabilities to provide all our customers with a wider range of services. We look forward to working with our new customers and co-operating closely with our new injection moulding partner.”

We have been building our reputation as the UK’s home for manufacturing high-quality, bespoke thermoplastic extrusion profiles since 1980. We now have 17 extrusion lines operating 24-hours a day.

Throughout our history, we have rapidly adapted to changes and challenges in the market place, keeping abreast of new developments within the plastic extrusion industry.

We manufacture a wide variety of products for customers in many industry sectors, including profiles for building, horticultural applications, sports and leisure, plumbing products, synthetic decking, safety, groundwork and DIY products.

Last year we joined forces with others nationwide to help create face shields components to help the fight against COVID-19. We deployed our small 3D-printer 24/7 to print components for the shields that were used in hospitals, hospices, care homes and schools during a national shortage in supplies.

Discover our full range of services and products. Alternatively, you can email us at [email protected] or call us on 01243 774521.

From your first phone call, through to your finished product, our team is here to help you achieve the ideal outcome. Get in touch to discuss your requirements.

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Congratulations to Chichester College Football Academy!

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