March 2019

Historic dock protected thanks to SPC Compounding, Avon Rubber and volunteers

A team of Canal & River Trust volunteers are working with Avon Impact Management, AIM, a part of Avon Rubber plc, and rubber manufacturers, SPC Compounding, on an innovative project to protect a section of the historic Kennet & Avon Canal.

Parts of the Kennet & Avon Canal are in need of repair to make sure that they are safe for people to use for years to come. Wooden railway sleepers designed to protect the sides of the canal hang from the Bradford on Avon Upper Wharf to prevent boats damaging the edges of the canal. But many of these wooden fenders are over 50 years old and are beyond repair.

AIM, based in Melksham and SPC Compounding in Westbury in Wiltshire, are working with the Canal & River Trust to design and install fenders made from rubber to replace the old wooden railway sleepers. The benefits of the rubber fenders include their long lifetime, their excellent impact properties, and the way in which Avon are able to tailor them for the project.

AIM have worked alongside a local rubber compounder SPC Compounding, to manufacture and supply 38 rubber fenders – at a length of 60 m for the Trust at no cost. The work will commence at the beginning of this week, with the Trust volunteers carrying out the work to install the fenders.

CRT has contributed £2,000 to the project for the rubber, with the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust also donating a similar amount to buy all of the fixings required.

Commenting on the project, Steve Manzi, Canal & River Trust volunteer development co-ordinator, said: “The Kennet & Avon Canal is arguably more popular than any time in living memory. It essentially relies on the technology that was used to build it 200 years ago, so we are constantly making improvements so that it can continue to be used. This is a great project with so many benefits. Avon have supplied us with the custom-designed fenders, and with the volunteers leading and managing the project it means that we can replace the old fenders and protect this part of the canal for many years to come. Without Avon and the volunteers we would really struggle to get this important repair work done”.

Luke Giles, Canal & River Trust volunteer leader, added: “We are really impressed with the AIM team. They have worked really closely with us on this project and even brought their whole team to see the site and discuss our requirements. They really understand what we need and have been helpful at all the different stages of this project.”

February 2019

SPC thanks the All India Rubber Industries Association for a successful IRE2019


Paul Hallas, SPC Operations Director, has thanked the All India Rubber Industries Association (AIRIA) for their effort and skill in organising the India Rubber Expo 2019.

He said: “The 10th India Rubber Expo in Mumbai was an impressive exhibition. We would like to congratulate all those who were involved in organising it. It was well run and our own exhibition stand received lots of interest and very positive feedback.

“We were also pleased to receive token of appreciation for our role in the show from AIRIA.”

The India Rubber Expo and Tyre Show provided SPC the opportunity to meet and build connections with a lot of successful businesses operating both upstream and downstream. Many companies expressed an interest in the value and growth potential that outsourced development and mixing of rubber compounds represented to their own businesses.

SPC is now looking forward to developing strong partnerships with the businesses they met from throughout the Indian subcontinent and the region.


December 2018

SPC Celebrates ten years in Westbury

Specialist rubber compounders, SPC are celebrating their tenth anniversary at their manufacturing plant and company headquarters in Westbury, near Bristol.

A manufacturing success story, the company opened the plant at the end of 2008 with just six people. Today the plant employs more than 90 and has a turnover of more than £20 million.

SPC Director, Paul Hallas, said: “We launched the business in 2001 in Whitby, North Yorkshire. In 2008 we got the opportunity buy the Avon European mixing centre in Westbury, Wiltshire.

“The acquisition did pose a risk – it was 2008 and the start of the financial crisis. But thanks to a combination of investment, great customers and suppliers who have developed strong relationships with us, and the hard work of a great team of talented people, we have gone from strength to strength.”

Over the years SPC has invested several £million into Westbury including, in 2013, the completion of a state of the art analytical lab. Today SPC Westbury is the company’s headquarters and is the flagship for the rest of its plants in Wales and Barcelona.

As Paul Hallas concluded: “SPC is built on a history of listening to the customer and the basic fundamental of providing the very best customer service. I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of SPC to thank all of our employees, suppliers and customers for their support and commitment over the years.”