Processing & Development

Specialist manufacturing with rubber, plastics and other polymers

Smithers Rapra has gained an unparalleled knowledge of the relationships between polymers, product design, performance, durability and manufacture. A low volume manufacturing service for plastics, rubber and polyurethane parts has developed from our technical expertise. Customers have recognized our ability for achieving high quality manufacture and specialist production on small scale runs.

Our technologists are experienced in designing and utilizing small scale production lines and developing novel processing technology. The highest production standards are maintained by in house auditing systems to ensure product quality and consistency. Our consultants and technologists can advise on developing or improving manufacturing processes. Tooling, including moulds and dies can be developed for the products.

Smithers Rapra offers a range of manufacturing techniques including compounding, extrusion based processes, molding and rubber parts.

Our processing service delivers benefits to new and existing clients with new product ideas as well as companies that would otherwise have to shut down complete manufacturing lines to develop new products.

Prototype development

The range of equipment, and the knowledge and experience of Smithers Rapra personnel make the processing laboratories at Smithers Rapra the ideal place to develop the manufacturing process for your product. Once developed, the process can then be can be continued at Smithers Rapra or moved to large scale manufacturing under the guidance of one of our consultants.

Low volume manufacture

We have many customers that repeatedly use our manufacturing service to benefit from our high standard of manufacture, attention to detail and the confidentiality we offer. Our customers utilize our services on a regular daily, weekly, monthly and even yearly basis or simply on an ad hoc basis. Smithers Rapra is happy to offer this flexible approach to manufacturing, allowing products time to develop in the market. Our client focused approach gives them the time to assess the project as it develops and allows for investment decisions to be made.