The Technivation Conference
Polymer Training & Innovation Centre Hosts UK Plastics Sector Professionals
The Technivation conference, hosted by the Polymer Training and Innovation Centre in Telford (18th April 2018), attracted delegates from across the UK plastics sector.
The Polymer Training and Innovation Centre (PITC) provides training for engineers working with plastics and has an extensive range of working equipment including moulding machines, pneumatic conveying systems, and magnetic separators.
At Technivation, there were talks from machinery manufacturers and also an industry update from the British Plastics Federation. BPF Membership Services Director, Stephen Hunt, highlighted a change in the awareness and public perception of plastics since the airing of the BBC Blue Planet II series at the end of 2017. The BPF have been working hard to clarify misconceptions about plastics, highlighting that plastic is vital in the manufacture of so many products including cars, medical equipment, and IT. They are presently working closely with the UK Government on the proposed tax for single use plastics, which closes on 18th May 2018.
As Stephen Hunt explained, the plastics sector is the 8th largest exporting industry in the UK with a turnover of £25.5 billion. The sector is also the 2nd largest employer in the manufacturing industry. He also highlighted how waste from the USA and European Union combined only contributes 2% to the amount of plastic waste found in our oceans.
Delegates at Technivation had the opportunity to tour the training facility and meet representatives from equipment manufacturers including Summit Systems, Kistler, Arburg, and Staubli. Tom Higginbottom, Bunting’s Sales Engineer, was demonstrating how to effectively remove metal from the plastics process using a combination of a FF Drawer Filter Magnet and Quicktron Metal Detector.
“At Technivation it was really good to be able to demonstrate how to remove metal and also to show how the equipment is actually installed on a working moulding machine,” explained Tom. “We supplied the FF Drawer Filter Magnets to PTIC so that the importance of metal removal is included in the training programmes.”