Introduction to Buying Plastic Products

Upcoming course dates

Oct 31-Nov 1 2018 - £680.00

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Course duration: 2 days

Shawbury Shropshire, UK

Overview

Aimed at professionals active in the plastics component supply chain - this course is designed to improve the effectiveness of decision making. Created in response to numerous client requests, it requires no prior knowledge of plastics and has a commercial bias.

Learning Outcomes

This new course will:

  • Enable buyers to make informed decisions when navigating the plastics component supply chain.
  • Provide an insight into the perspectives of raw material suppliers, processors and assemblers.
  • Provide guidelines for use in the preparation of technical contracts and quality agreements. 

Course Content

Supply Chain Explained

Buying Plastics materials

  • Different categories of plastics explained
  • Cost comparisons between different plastics material types
  • Price trends in plastics materials
  • Raw material specifications
  • The advantages and disadvantages of buying raw materials direct from manufacturers and distributors
  • Economy of scale for buying plastics raw materials explained
  • Buying recycled material the advantages and pitfalls
  • Introduction to plastics material selection

Introduction to Manufacturing Process Selection

Buying Plastics Injection Mouldings

  • Review of the process and tooling
  • Understanding of costs and profitability for the moulder

Buying Extruded Components

  • Review of the process and tooling
  • Understanding of costs and profitability for the extruder

Buying Blow Mouldings

  • Review of the process and tooling
  • Understanding of costs and profitability for the blow moulder

Buying in Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) components

  • Review GRP product manufacturing techniques
  • Understanding of costs and profitability in GRP fabrication

Cost Down Strategies

Overview of Regulatory Requirements for Different Market Sectors

Negotiating Quality Agreements

Dealing with Supply Chain Quality Problems

Assessing Potential Suppliers

Improving the Robustness of your Supply Chain

Who will benefit

  • New or existing procurement professionals who wish to gain an understanding of the plastics component supply chain from raw materials to the finished product.
  • Those active in the plastics product supply chain keen to improve their knowledge of the up and down stream processes to enhance the services they provide. 

Presenter Info

This course is presented by:

Dr Paul Shipton, Consultancy Director - Smithers Rapra

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