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Thursday Thoughts

Posted on by Chris Bulpitt

As part of our #ThursdayThoughts we wanted to address the misconception surrounding colour matching of HIPS and ABS. For example:

• It isn’t cost effective
• Minimum order quantities are too high
• It won’t be the same colour
• It will take too long
• It’s too much effort

At Stephen Webster Plastics, we colour match approximately 15-20 colours per month for our clients, whether it be to match a corporate branding, a specific Pantone or RAL reference, or purely to help our customers offer exactly the same colour as their competition.

With the minimum order quantity being 500kgs and a cost uplift of approximately 20% over our standard range of colours, it offers complete flexibility and uniqueness to our customer offering. Our colour matching is completely free and is offered as part of our Customer Experience Package – we want you to have the minimum amount of worry when placing an order with Stephen Webster Plastics. With an OTIF (On Time In Full) delivery performance of 98%, when we say that we’ll do something, you can rest assured that we will.

Once we receive a sample piece (or colour reference) from our customer, it can take only five working days to return a colour plaque to our customer for sign-off. Once accepted, deliveries are generally within 2-3 weeks. Due to the fact we send a colour plaque for sign-off, our customers can be assured that the colour requested is exactly what they require and therefore the most effort involved from our customer perspective, is posting a sample or emailing a colour reference!

Coloured PETG, Polycarbonate, PVC and ViPrint is also available so our products really are only limited by your imagination, and as we’ve experienced over the years, our customers really do have a lot of imagination!

What will you colour match today?

Wednesday Wisdom

Posted on by Chris Bulpitt

Welcome to the first ever Wednesday Wisdom post by Stephen Webster Plastics!

Did you know – Our Acrylic Capped ABS is UV-Resistant?

Co-extruding impact-modified polymethyl methacrylate, or acrylic to us mortals, with our high-impact Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, produces PMMA-ABS which offer a high degree of UV stability to the front surface. This means that it’s the perfect solution to a high-impact external application such as; vehicle roofs, engine cowl covers, body panels for industrial and agricultural machinery, doors, exterior panels for the leisure market, caravans and camper vans, exterior point of sale ( POS ) and also outdoor signage? Our sheets are engineered to withstand the effects of weathering in outdoor applications, or where products are exposed to the effects of UV light, such as sunbeds and clean room environments.

Due to the unique nature of Acrylic Capped ABS, it is fully vacuum formable, ultra-high gloss levels and printable, which is the main reason why it was used in the original Star Wars films – Keep a look out for Darth Vader and his Storm Troopers!

Key Characteristics:
• Excellent UV Resistance
• Highly scratch-resistant
• Available next-day in high gloss
• Also available in semi-gloss, semi-matt and matt surfaces
• Smooth and textured finishes are also available upon request
• Excellent impact strength and toughness
• Extensive range of colours available
• Ease of thermoforming

Availability:
• Sheet size of 2500 x 1250 – next day delivery
• Range of colours – next day delivery
• Cut to size available – next day delivery

Custom Availability:
• Colour: Custom Colours! Over 12,000 in-house colours or colour matched to your requirements
• Thickness: 1.5mm to 9mm
• Widths: 350mm to 2100mm
• Lengths: 350mm to 3000mm
• Finishes: Smooth or Textured
• Delivery: Approximately 2-3 weeks from colour approval

Stephen Webster Plastics are the market leader in thermoformable plastics for a reason, we continually invest in the products that you require, investing in our team to ensure they’re continually learning and also in our customers – we still work with many of the companies that bought from us in the 70’s – there aren’t many companies that can claim that. Offering a big business capability with a customer focussed mentality, ensures that we build long-term relationships that mean you can spend less time worrying about if you’ll receive consistent quality and service, and more time doing what you do best.

Whatever the application, call or E-mail us today. #wednesdaywisdom

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