To date, my writing career has been largely centred on the automotive sector. Within that, I've had some limited opportunity to write about plastics. But while it was interesting to understand the problems General Motors had in sourcing bumper covers of a sufficiently high grade for production at the assembly plant in St. Petersburg, Russia (now closed), as the editor of Plastics & Rubber World I felt there really should be some better understanding of the processes and technology in use across the industry.
After all, if you don't know the basics of what's going on, how can you ask a good question?
So when Richard Brown, managing director at RJG Technologies, offered a place on a course entitled ‘Basic Fundamentals of Systemic Moulding', I was more than happy to set aside time to find out more about injection moulding and the related hardware used in one of the more widely-used plastics applications.