So here’s the situation: you’re browsing our site (hi, by the way!). You’ve nosed through some of our products, and had a look at the stellar services we offer. You like the look of things. But maybe you’re thinking “this is all great, but should I choose plastic for my business?” Don’t worry; we’re here to help! With well over a century’s worth of history to our name, we take our reputation as a leading plastic manufacturer very seriously. Below, we’ve poured this considerable expertise into exploring the main advantages that plastics can offer you.
It’s versatile and easy to manufacture
The versatility of plastics is one of its chief strengths, and one of the reasons it’s so widely used. From food packaging to car parts, safety steps to artificial hips, garden chairs or even contact lenses, plastic can do the job. From a manufacturing point of view, its low melting point and high malleability mean that it can be easily moulded in terms of density, size and shape, making it well suited to almost anything demanded of it. (We at Excelsior use the roto moulding technique as our preferred method of producing quality results.)
Not only is plastic easy to produce, but it’s quick too, and as a bonus it’s not nearly as energy intensive as it has been in the past. The British Plastics Federation estimates that in the past ten years, the energy expenditure of plastic processing machinery has decreased by somewhere between 20% and 50%.
It’s durable, strong and lightweight
Toughness and resilience is another of plastic’s major advantages. The car industry is a great vehicle (pardon the pun) to showcase its many and varied benefits: for example, plastic bumpers on cars are the very first line of defence in the event of a crash, and their renowned ability to absorb tremendous amounts of shock has undoubtedly made our roads safer. Meanwhile, plastic dashboards are more forgiving in the event of a serious crash, while plastic fuel tanks help prevent every fender bender from becoming a fireball. In a slightly less dramatic scenario, anyone who’s ever moved house can attest to the usefulness of plastic boxes, which can take a heavy battering while still protecting your prized crockery inside. In both cases, plastic’s lightweight properties play a significant part, too. Cars with plastic components have been proven to be more fuel efficient, and stackable plastic boxes mean you can easily lift and pack all of them at once without having to do several tedious journeys back and forth to your car.
It’s highly resistant and non-conductive
Yet another testament to plastic’s widespread use is that of its safety. Its resistance to electricity makes it ideal for light switches and handles, and it sees frequent use in hospitals because of its sterility, with plastic gloves being one of the many guards against contamination. Its impermeable water-resistance, coupled with its high tolerance to corrosion and chemicals, both make it a valuable material for storing hazardous household materials such as ammonia or bleach. Meanwhile, the introduction of plastic child-proof caps to cleaners and medicine bottles is also an undeniable factor in improving overall human safety.
It’s cheap, economical and recyclable
We’ve already talked above about how easy plastic is to produce, which goes some way to explaining why plastic products are so cheap to make. There’s no denying it’s a brilliant material for producing products in bulk, especially on a short timeframe. Its reusability also extends beyond a single lifetime: when properly recycled, plastic can be broken down and repurposed for new products, or even melted down to produce oil and fuel.
But before you make a decision…
Of course, we won’t pretend plastic is perfect. Like any construction material, it has its downsides. Despite its relative toughness, it doesn’t have the raw strength of iron or steel, making it unsuitable for some heavier industrial tasks. And although it’s more heat-resistant than brass or steel, its low melting point can similarly be an obstacle. Finally, one of its greatest strengths can also be one of its greatest weaknesses. Its durability means it’s not biodegradable, and experts estimate that discarded plastic can last anywhere between 500 and 1000 years in the wild, causing long-term environmental harm if improperly disposed of. For these reasons and others, before making a final decision it’s crucial to consider whether it’s really the right material for your business to use.
If you’re still struggling with the decision, then Excelsior has you covered! For any queries feel free to call us on 0161 765 2010, and our team of renowned industry experts will happily advise you on whether plastic is the best option for you.