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Promoting Positive Perceptions of Polymers – Will you help your industry?

Call for additional industry sponsors to support the Polymer Study Tours.....

The Polymer Study Tours were initiated by the Worshipful Company of Horners in 1987 and over the past 25 years more than 2800 teachers have attended. The Horners continue to take the lead role in sustaining the tours which are intensive four day residential courses for teachers and trainee teachers of the secondary school science and design and technology curriculum. Teacher registrations and publicity are provided by the by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.
The Tours, which are based at three Universities; Edinburgh Napier, London Metropolitan and Manchester, each have places for 20 teachers. The course content is a mixture of lectures and discussions from academics and leading industry figures, hands-on laboratory processing, testing sessions and factory visits to major polymer processing companies.
Many teachers have little or no in-depth knowledge of polymers, yet they form a key part of the curriculum for a variety of science and design based subjects.  Even fewer teachers have any experience of polymer processing.  By the end of the Tour the delegates have a tool kit that they can take back to the classroom.  This includes a better understanding of the contribution polymers make to society and a more balanced view of sustainability, life cycle analysis, recycling and disposal issues.

The tours are supported by many companies from the polymer supply chain although with costs rising the organisers are looking for additional sponsors.

The BPF is also a major contributor to Polymer Study Tours through individual Members, Groups, and a substantial one off donation from the BPF’s Bowen Charitable bequest. In addition the BPF provides support in managing sponsor administration and finance.
For 2012, the BPF’s Polymer Distributors & Compounders Group has decided to increase their contribution this year to £5000 and thus become the first ever Gold Sponsor.

Commenting Peter Davis said “We do everything we can to encourage our members to support Polymer Study Tours. This initiative really does change perceptions of polymers through comprehensive practical and theory sessions that equip teachers with facts to dispel some of the myths that exist about our industry” 

Or as one teacher put it “You have enabled me to introduce new and interesting ideas that will enable my students to experience and learn about polymers and their role in modern society”

For further information and to receive a sponsorship brochure please contact Ms Fozia Ghadiali, PA to Peter Davis by email or tel. 02074575003. Alternatively visit the BPF's information page on the Polymer Study Tours or visit

Sponsors of the Tours:

BPF Polymer Distributors & Compounders Group

Scottish Plastics & Rubber Association

Scottish Plastics & Rubber Association


RPC Containers Ltd

Total Petrochemicals UK Ltd

Gabriel-Chemie UK Ltd


British Plastics Federation

British Polythene Industries Plc

Advanced Insulation Plc

Wavin Ltd

D S Smith Correx

INEOS Commercial Services UK Ltd

Victrex Polymer Solutions


BASF Polyurethanes U.K. Ltd

Harlequin Plastics


Bayer MaterialScience

BPF Plastic Pipes Group

The SPE Foundation




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Notes for editors:

The Worshipful Company of Horners is both an ancient guild and livery company, and a modern City Institution. The first historic reference to the Company was recorded in 1284, although the craft of the horner dates from centuries earlier. In 1476 the Bottlemakers whose trade was being eroded by glass bottles joined the Horners'. The Company operates under a Charter received from Charles I in 1638 [although it is known that there were earlier charters]. As the craft of working with horn declined, in 1943 the Company had the vision to adopt horn's modern equivalent, plastics. Today, the Worshipful Company of Horners maintains both its ancient links to the City of London and to the Plastics Industry and seeks to support the horner's craft. Its Liverymen hail from many backgrounds, including the City, the Plastics Industry and the professions. Its Charities and Awards support activities in education, design, the City and industry. For further information, please visit

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