World-renowned rotational moulding expert, Dr Nick Henwood, is to join the Technical Team at Broadway Colours Limited.
Dr Henwood has been active in the rotomoulding industry for over 25 years and has a wealth of experience in developing and commercialising polymers for rotomoulding applications.
Broadway Colours have been a leading supplier of colour masterbatches since 1997 and started to supply finished powders to rotomoulders in 2011. In order to support their growing sales, they have recently significantly enhanced their manufacturing infrastructure. This includes bringing all their manufacturing to a single, 90,000 ft2, site and the installation of two complete 75mm single-screw extruders, with associated Pallmann grinders, all dedicated to the production of rotomoulding powders.
As well as building their manufacturing base, Broadway have invested in dedicated sample production, pilot rotomoulding and testing facilities. As well as its use for quality assurance, these facilities give Broadway the ability to make small runs of new materials and to rotomould and fully test them. Facilities include a sample mill, off-line sieving, a single-arm shuttle rotomoulding machine, sample conditioning to minus 40°C and a drop-dart impact tester built to ARM standards. This rotomoulding-specific equipment complements Broadway’s existing colour laboratory facilities; another recent investment has been an accelerated weather test station to expand their regular weatherability testing facilities.
Joe Maynard, Managing Director of Broadway Colours commented: “The rotomoulding industry is becoming increasingly sophisticated in its requirements and we are determined to make sure that our company is well placed to meet current and future demands. We recognise that the provision of specialised technical service is a vital part of the package that we offer our customers and we have brought Dr Nick Henwood on board to spearhead this, as well as to enable us to create innovative new product offerings”.
Dr Nick Henwood added: “From long experience, I know what it takes to succeed in this market. As a company, Broadway definitely has what it takes, in terms of commitment and capabilities. My role will be to help them build on this, by reinforcing their Technical Team and by providing my own specialist knowledge and insights into this unique industry”.
Dr Henwood will continue to provide process consultancy, specialist testing and operator training courses to rotomoulders through his own company, Rotomotive Limited.