Plasloc

The challenge:

Plasloc Ltd is a contract manufacturer specialising in the supply and installation of free standing and environmentally friendly component hoarding/segregation systems for the commercial, retail and construction markets.

With a new project in the pipeline with a major UK airport, and an ongoing commitment to finding ways to upgrade and improve the extrusion tools it uses to manufacture its products, Plasloc approached SWMAS for guidance and support.

SWMAS action:

Through its Product Development Centre (PDC) project, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (2007-2013) Competitiveness Programme, SWMAS enabled Plasloc to carry out a carbon assessment of its products by linking the company up with the Environmental Technologies iNet led by the University of the West of England (UWE).

SWMAS also provided Plasloc with funding to help support some bespoke extrusion tool design as the company sought to develop a new fire retardant plastic segregation system. In addition to preventing heavy flumes of black smoke in the event of a fire, the proposed product will also tick the sustainability box given that it will be reusable up to 20 times.

Results:

  • New business discussions with a leading UK airport
  • Developing new product development, reusable up to 20 times

The carbon assessment has enabled Plasloc to not only assess the carbon footprint of its existing products, but also to gain crucial insight into how it might be able to develop a system that’s even lighter, quicker to install and more carbon friendly.

The result of this is that the company is in consultation with a leading UK airport and has been able to provide a detailed carbon footprint comparison of the segregation systems currently used by the airport and those that it could provide through its new system.

Plasloc is now in the advanced stages of its new product development and hopes to go into production in the next four to six weeks.

Overview:

Plasloc
Employees: 36
Sector: Construction
Location: Newton Abbot, Devon

Plasloc is a great example of an innovative company addressing and utilising the sustainability agenda as a business opportunity. By developing high quality carbon friendly products they have capitalised on new market opportunities and increased their competitiveness.

Paul Gilbert , Manufacturing Specialist

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