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National Plastics Processing Centre Facilities

WMG has developed a critical mass of state-of-the-art equipment to become one of the UK's key polymer processing research facilities. The following equipment is utilised in our research in order to deliver expertise to a wide industrial community.

Product Testing

  • Instron 25kN fatigue tester
  • Zwick 250kN fatigue tester
  • Instron 10kN tensile and compression tester
  • Instron 'very high' strain rate test machine
  • High speed camera
  • Mechanical thermal analyser
Tensile Testing

Environmental Testing

  • Weiss Gallenkamp Environmental Test Chamber
  • Volatile organic emission test systems
  • QUV accelerated weather test
  • High resolution thermal camera
 Environmental Testing

Plastic Processes

  • Dasset press for thermoplastic composites
  • Engel press for lightweight structural composites
  • Engel 60 tonne injection machine
  • Engal 140 tonne injection machine
  • Vacuum forming
  • Battenfeld micro moulding injection
  • Benchtop twin screw extruder
  • Benchtop Rondol Hand Press
 Plastic Processes


  • 3D Printing / Additive Layer Manufacturing
  • Tool Bolsters
3D Printing

Concept Design

  • GOM ATOS High resolution optical scanner
Optical scanner