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March 21, 2017

The Importance of Plastics in the Modern Day

Back in 1967, plastics suggested a sterile, factory-driven environment of mass production and monotony. Nowadays, plastics are used for a variety of our favourite luxuries and enjoyments. Modern life as we know it would be entirely impossible if not for plastics manufacturing and development such as plastic injection moulding. Electronic equipment, daily necessities and so much more exist thanks to the use of plastics.

The plastics industry has grown over the years and is now considered to be one of the most important British industries on the market. With roughly 170’000 people employed in the industry, it counts for at least 6.5% of the UK manufacturing sector. There are no signs of slowing down either, with plastics use expected to double by 2020, which would result in an industry worth over $650 billion.

With over 6,200 plastics companies across Britain, many of them being plastic injection moulders, this is one the highest producing industries across Europe, British plastics manufacturing is an incredibly strong industry. However, it is suffering from a lack of skills and denied recognition. To cover the fast growth of the industry, more young people need to be trained in plastics manufacturing and development.

Nowadays actions are being taken to invest in young people studying the plastics industry, amending the UK curriculum to offer potential training and early skills. Organisations are being encouraged to get involved in teaching, work placements and apprenticeships to help nurture those interested in a career in this fast-growing industry.

One of the major concerns about plastics is the effect they have on the environment, and the plastics industry itself is hard at work to ensure that the growing use and development of plastics is sustainable. The British Plastics Federation is continuing to put on pressure to ban the landfill of all recyclable and recoverable waste that could be recycled, and the Plastics Industry Recycling Action Plan is being developed to decide the most efficient and environmentally friendly method of dealing with plastics waste. With the extra promotion and exposure of the growing plastics industry, it’s a far sight different from the days of 1967.

With more attention on sustainability these days it’s common for people to choose a manufacturing process that will benefit the environment and help to minimise waste. Plastic injection moulding is not just efficient and effective process, but it also very resourceful process allowing for only the necessary amount of plastic to be used and if there is any excess plastic it can simply be recycled. As well as resourceful, plastic injection moulding is also seen to be accurate, due to its precise method and process, and also it’s fast.

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