Smithers supports with plastic material development programs across a wide range of different applications, including: Our expert team offers a range of physical testing and chemical analysis services for plastic materials and products such as polypropylene, polyvinyl chloride and nylon – supporting the entire product lifecycle. Smithers provides trusted third-party testing and consulting support during initial product development and material selection exercises, all the way through to failure analysis.

Smithers has ISO 17025 accredited plastic testing labs in Akron, Ohio, USA and Shawbury, UK.
Plastic chemical characterization
The plastics experts at Smithers utilize a wide variety of analytical techniques to help your team understand the raw materials, impurities, and performance characteristics of your plastic materials. Our plastic test labs are equipped with a complete portfolio of chemical analyses, so our plastics experts can design a custom chemical analysis program to match your unique requirements.
Plastic physical properties testing
Smithers offers environmental resistance and artificial weathering testing, plastic properties testing, thermal analysis and more at our plastic testing labs. We test to most common industry standards, including ASTM, ISO, SAE, and others, as well as OEM specifications.
Thermoplastics processing
Our mixing and compounding team can assist with the development of plastic films and support with injection and compression molding of test samples on-site. 
Plastics consulting
Smithers polymer testing labs are supported by expert plastics consultants with years of industry experience, who truly understand the challenges of working with polymer materials and products. Our plastic consultants can help with material selection, troubleshooting, performance evaluations, failure analysis, process audits and much more.

If you would like to find out more about how Smithers can support, please get in touch with an expert.
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