To provide you with the best experience on this website, cookies are used. By using the site it's assumed that you're happy with our use of cookies. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. More info on cookies.
Allow cookies

Latest News

South West Polymer Supplies Plans Extension

6th February 2015

Categories: Latest News

South West Polymer Supplies, a business run by Polymer engineer Mike Thompson, plans expansion after receiving funding from the Torbay Growth Fund to help grow the business.

The business has now moved into an office at Torquay’s Lymington Road Innovation Centre. This has allowed Mike, who has a background in plastics and a degree in Polymer engineering, to concentrate on the business full time.

Torbay’s Mayor, Gordon Oliver, said: “The Torbay Growth Fund was set up to enable businesses like South West Polymer Supplies to develop and give individuals like Mike the opportunity to focus on expanding an innovative business plan.”

Mike Thompson said: “I’ve been running the business for about three years in conjunction with having a full time job at Exeter University.

“I have a business engagement role at the university at the moment so SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises) come to me with a problem and I find a solution. It’s made me very well placed to be able to offer different options to businesses.”

South West Polymer Supplies will offer expertise in importing plastics machinery, from laboratory scale to full size, material developments for extrusion and injection moulding, and moulding manufacture. The business will also work with local companies to develop new materials and testing. They will either carry out the manufacturing in house or outsource it.

One of Mike’s current projects is with West Suffolk Hospital. He is looking at ways to recycle clinical and non-clinical plastic waste. The project is one which he hopes can be rolled out to other hospitals and organisations across the UK. Other projects include developing, for doors and windows, and bespoke plastic extrusions.

Mike added: “I’ll be offering small batch manufacturing and moulding, from five kilos to half a tonne. I also have contacts with large companies and support from manufacturers and can specify equipment and offer a service and maintenance contract.

“We’re looking at educating staff on the types of waste which can be recycled. This includes installing machinery to reduce the volume which is thrown away or incinerated, which will then also save on transport costs. Much of the material is clean waste which can be regranulated and sold on to be used in other products.”

“I want to make Torbay more of a plastics hub. I plan to open a showroom in Torbay which will help marry everyone together. People will be able to come and have trials on the machinery.

“I’ve received funding from the Torbay Growth Fund which is brilliant and it will help me to create skilled jobs over the next three years.

“I’m also involved in the Torbay Hi-Tech Forum which is proving very worthwhile. Having the Innovation Centre as a base is ideal for my needs as it is very central and also very professionally run. I don’t need to worry about anything apart from running my business.”

RSS feeds