March 2020

COVID 19 – SPC introduces safety measures and keeps business moving

SPC has established additional safety and hygiene measures to ensure the health and safety of staff and everyone in direct contact with the business. Everyone who is able to work from home is now doing so. For those staff who are needed on site, the additional safety measures include:

  • Information posters about COVID-19 are on display in all key areas of all SPC factories. These explain how the virus is transmitted and the measures we need to adhere to.
  • All work areas are kept well ventilated.
  • Alcohol hand sanitizer dispensers are placed all around the company.
  • All surfaces and objects are frequently and regularly disinfected.
  • Employees are keeping their distance from each other and are eating lunch separately.
  • All meetings with external people have been cancelled.
  • Strict rules are being applied to deliveries. Only one truck at a time may load or unload. No driver may get off the truck and all paperwork has to be submitted by email.

Paul Hallas, SPC Managing Director says: “Our priority at SPC is the health and wellbeing of our colleagues, families and everyone we work with across our industry, from suppliers to customers. For us, without question, this means safety first. We have adopted strict safety measures at all of our sites and clear communication for all. We all have a responsibility to do what we can in our own communities. And for businesses like ours, that make the materials needed for critical components such as valves and o-rings used in medical equipment, it is important we keep working.”



March 2020

SPC unveils new EPDM sponge

SPC has developed new market-leading EPDM Sponge formulations. The new recipes are based on technological advances in polymer and material science, which allowed us to develop a closed-cell sponge with a premium density as low as 0.3.

We asked SPC Technical Manager, Bhawan Patel, to tell us more. “These EPDM sponge formulations are brand new, there is nothing else quite like them right now,” he says. “We have developed new technology in both formulation and compounding for these specific recipes. Some of the technology was only introduced last year and has enabled us to develop a product with a smoother skin and achieve lower density than seen before.

“The formulations have excellent elastic recovery and are especially lightweight, with good waterproof properties. This makes them very attractive for applications that want to save weight – such as in the automobile industry – and applications that need good weatherproofing, such as the construction industry. Both industries would use EPDM sponge for door seals and similar applications.

“We have already received some fantastic feedback from our customers”, Bhawan adds. “One of the key positive feedbacks we’ve received is that our material forms a much smoother skin on the surface than other products in the market. It has a strong air and watertight barrier, which helps prevent build-up of bacteria or mould.”

“It’s thanks to our analytical and technical capabilities to work at a molecular level in the SPC laboratories, that we are able to develop completely new recipes and create products that brings value and opportunities for our customers.”



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.”