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

30% of all polymerical material produced per year is used in the construction and civil sectors. Smithers Rapra provides you with instant access to a world-class R&D team specializing in plastics, rubber, and composites.

Product Development Support and Testing

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

  • Structural composites
  • Silicone sealants
  • Cladding
  • Insulation
  • Pipes
  • Window seals
  • Gaskets
  • Prefabrication materials

  • Failure Analysis
    • Independent technical investigation and root cause identification
    • Insurance investigations
    • Support for supplier disputes
    • Development of technical reports
    • Expert witness and court testimony
    • Remedial or corrective recommendations to minimize the risk of further failure
  • Failure Prevention
    • Guidance on accelerated aging
    • Risk assessments; specification, installation, and operational stresses likely to influence performance
    • Develop and validate material specifications to optimize product durability in services
  • Product Development
    • Concept to market advice and testing
    • Material selection and compound development
    • Prototype and test sample manufacturing and preparation
    • Chemical, physical and environmental testing
    • Custom testing program development
    • Life prediction
    • Risk Assessments
    • Recommended design improvements, time and cost savings
    • End of Life and Environmental impact
  • Performance Testing
    • Product testing to industry standards
    • Performance testing on products in various conditions
    • Quality testing to ISO, ASTM, UL, and custom testing programs

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.