Smithers Rapra provides specialist expert support for the construction industry, from component manufacturers to material engineers to solicitors and contractors.

Smithers Rapra provides you with instant access to a world-class R&D team specialising in plastics, rubbers and composites.

30% of all polymerical material produced per year is used in the Construction and Civil sector.

Product Development Support and Testing

We provide product development support and testing for a wide range of construction products, components and materials:

  • Structural composites
  • Silicone sealants,
  • Cladding
  • Insulation
  • Pipes
  • Window seals
  • Gaskets
  • Prefabrication materials
Construction Industry Support at Smithers Rapra

Failure Analysis

Failure Prevention

Product Development

Performance Testing

Independent technical investigation and root cause identification

Insurance investigations

Support for supplier disputes

Provision of technical reports

Expert witness and court testimony

Remedial or corrective recommendations to minimise the risk of further failure

Guidance on accelerated ageing

Risk Assessments; specification, installation and operational stresses likely to influence performance

Develop and validate material specifications to optimise  product durability in services

Concept to market advice and testing

Material selection and compound development

Prototype and test sample manufacture and preparation

Chemical, physical and environmental testing

Bespoke testing programmes

Life prediction

Risk Assessments

Recommended design improvements, time and cost savings

End of Live and Environmental impact

Product testing to standards and codes of practice

Performance testing on products in various conditions

Quality testing to ISO, ASTM, UL, and custom testing programmes

Full Service Expert Support 

Our expertise extends from initial planning to end of life, with a focus on achieving high performance across all aspects of polymer use. 

Failure Diagnosis

If there are any failure, durability, performance or quality issues, our failure daiagnosis and technical investigations service will help you identify a solution. Our team will also be able to recommend remedial actions. 

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Standards and Accreditation

Our laboratories are ISO 17025 accredited, and work to a wide range of global standards. 

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