Training and Professional Development

Smithers Rapra has a well-established schedule of expert-led courses. These are designed to support people working with plastics and rubber materials, enabling them to make skilled, informed decisions when developing products. Course material is ideal for designers, converters and end-users.

Material selection, product design and manufacturing technologies have a significant impact on the performance of polymer components and products. After requests from the manufacturing and supply chain to help them consider the choices that were available, we began providing training courses over 30 years ago,

We offer an extensive range of scheduled public courses

Attendees tend to be people working in roles such as product development, product design, quality, process engineers, technical services, procurement, technical sales and regulatory affairs.

Along with materials appreciation and polymer processing technologies, our range of courses includes regulatory impacts on use of polymer materials in medical devices and food contact applications to ensure that these products are safe and compliant.

See our full schedule of courses and individual course programme details
We also offer tailored training 

We can tailor our course programmes to your individual products and materials, then deliver the training at at your company or venue of your choice

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What do our courses cover?
  • Materials appreciation courses include:  plastics materials appreciation, plastics materials technology, rubber technology, rubber materials and applications silicone elastomers and polyurethane technology.
  • Polymer processing courses include: injection moulding technology – for designers and moulders, plastics injection mould design – an appreciation for product developers, extrusion technology and multi-layer extrusion for both pipe and blow moulding applications and sheet and film applications
  • We also have courses which cover the impact of EU Regulations on the use of polymer materials in medical devices and food contact

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