Pinweld Ltd, from Calne, Wiltshire, have received a UK Government based grant to support a £483,000 project to bring a plastic welding and joining technology to a approval stage for use in markets such as automotive, energy and military. The technology allows the joining of plastics that currently cannot be joined both in the manufacturing process as well as electing after market repairs such as car bumpers. This new technology (a “Pinweld”) will reduce plastic waste and recycling and the associated CO2 emissions.

Given the importance of the technology and the commercial opportunities Keven and Steve Perris (Pinweld’s Project Manager) had appointed Ashley as Growth Strategist in June 2020 to support realising the potential this technology brings. With much of the market research done Pinweld have already ascertained that opportunities exist in the automotive, energy and military sectors and some major players have already expressed interest from these markets.

IMG_7628Pinweld was founded by Keven Chappell, who invented the technology and has worked with partners such as Thatchem Research, Bath University and The TWI to prove the concept. The proof of concept was a vital constituent of the grant application of which Pinweld received confirmation of success only in October.

Keven, seen here being interviewed by a journalist in November 2020, now has to set out employing a team of engineers, working closely with Bath University, to lead the project of receiving approvals from various industry bodies to sign off the technology for use in production and a repairs globally. These approvals could lead to seeing the technology in use within 12-24 months.

IMG_7640The Pinweld project has been a long time in the making with the proof of concept work beginning in earnest 5 years ago with car body parts being used initially to prove the technology both effects the repair, and delivered the strength required to receive sign off to the all important safety standards. It’s in this applications the opportunities are easier to understand.

Due to safety concerns the smallest prang on a car bumper that causes a crack would lead to that bumper being “written off” with a replacement cost of often thousands. This write off would be put simply down to the fact this crack cannot be repaired with existing technology to a compliant standard. This cost is covered buy the insurance sector who pass it on through their premiums to the driver. There are hundreds of thousands of these such incidents annually leading to the recycling or disposal of hundreds of thousands of plastic bumpers and the production of their replacements, all at a cost in terms of CO2 production.

Pinweld’s technology is able to repair these cracks, cutting the repair cost by a huge margin, reducing insurance premiums and CO2 emissions and waste dramatically as a result. Amplify this story to include plastic pipework, whether in the home or lysing underground across continents carrying our vital commodities such as water and energy, and other sectors using or repairing plastics and the true potential is grasped. The technology and its use’s can chase the global landscape of plastic manufacturing and repair forever.

So with the invention and proof of concept complete the hard work of realising the benefit now begins!