Birmingham based Thermotec Plastics Ltd is an innovative and bespoke supplier of engineered solutions in vacuum forming and polyurethane mouldings. It operates in a number of niche sectors including luxury prestige automotive, military seating systems, aircraft and rail interiors.
One of Thermotec’s key customers, a luxury automotive manufacturer had a specific requirement for performance related data for a new composite material that Thermotec were using to make their components. Thermotec were unable to produce the data themselves as the testing equipment required was investment prohibitive. Fortunately, Managing Director, David Rose identified that the relevant testing capabilities existed at WMG.
David met with Dr Ben Wood and through our funded support programme for SMEs at the International Institute for Product and Service Innovation, Thermotec were able to access the materials characterisation facilities they needed free of charge. Access was coupled with expert mentoring and guidance for how they might be able to conduct the testing themselves in the future. Testing was undertaken over a period of two months and Thermotec now have a full report of all the results gathered.
Thermotec are now able to demonstrate the capability of their products with meaningful, technical data that will be used by the luxury automotive customer on a £500K potential project. It will also allow Thermotec to target other clients with a potential spend expectation of £1m.
Thermotec Plastics Ltd
Thermotec Plastics is an innovative forward thinking company and it has been great to help them with this specific materials challenge. We are offering materials health checks for SMEs across the West Midlands as well as support with new product development and other manufacturing challenges that businesses may have.
Dr Ben Wood, Technology Transfer Specialist, WMG