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  • Lessons Learned At The Interplas Plastics Exhibition

    exhibition plastics interplasWe recently visited the Interplas exhibition, the UK's leading plastics industry event. Solutions, products, machines and ideas are presented to the UK manufacturing industry. Interplas covers manufacturing processes, technologies and services essential to the plastics sector.

    Interplas is a three-day event and we visited on days one and two. We were not in the marketplace for buying as we have recently made significant machinery investments and are happy with our current suppliers. But we did have lots of questions about exhibiting. This was the ideal show for us to attend as we knew many people who would be either exhibiting or visiting. We spoke to a broad range of exhibitors: suppliers, customers, other plastics manufacturers and whoever else caught our eye.

    It was really interesting to learn the reasons they were exhibiting:

    • Attract new leads. This was the most important reason for most exhibitors but not all. Depending on what you are selling just one lead that translates into a sale can pay for the cost of exhibiting.
    • Be seen as active in the current market. For some this was the most important reason.
    • Make contact with current customers. This reason surprised us but Birmingham is a convenient central location.
    • Make contact with suppliers. We did find it interesting to put faces to names of suppliers who we have dealt with for many years.

    Exhibitors kindly took the time to share some top tips related to their exhibition stand:

    • Location of the stand is very important, corner stands are great if you can get one. We noticed that on entering the show visitors tended to turn right rather than left.
    • Size does not necessarily matter, but the stand does need to be eye-catching with as much colour as possible.
    • You need more than two people even if you have a small stand. This allows for breaks and being able to deal with more than one person visiting your stand at the same time.
    • Bring or hire bar stools. This will allow you to take the weight off your feet whilst looking as though you are still standing and available to approach.

    These are some of the questions we are now asking ourselves:

    • Is exhibiting the most effective way to use our valuable resources? Exhibiting is really hard work and the investment can be high.
    • What does a lead actually mean? At the end of the show, exhibitors will count the number of leads obtained. We were scanned at every stand we visited even if we made it clear we were not in the market for their product or service. So will we be counted as a lead even in this situation?
    • Do the ways of attracting visitors to stands translate into attracting the right people? We saw many interesting ways of drawing people in but sometimes wondered if this attracted people just for the sake of playing the numbers game, particularly the larger stands.
    • What should be given to visitors to your exhibition stand if it is obvious that they are not in your marketplace? We gathered a great deal of stuff and are now working our way through it to decide what to keep. The huge pile of literature feels a bit daunting. It will be divided into two piles, keep and shred. The literature we were most interested in was from other plastic manufacturers and for that we are very grateful. There will definitely be a home in our factory for all the mugs, coasters, memory sticks and stationery.

    And finally these are our top tips for visiting an exhibition:

    • Print out a floor plan before you go and use a coloured pen to mark the location of the stands you know you want to visit. You will get still sidetracked but this really does help organise your route.
    • Think comfort over fashion when it comes to shoes. On day one we achieved 18, 000 steps, surprising considering the amount of time we were standing still and chatting!
    • Before you go check other exhibitions that are simultaneously happening at the same venue. Allow extra time and take the opportunity to learn about other current technologies even if they are not relevant to your industry. Our eyes were definitely opened by visiting the TCT and PPMA shows. TCT is dedicated to 3D printing, additive manufacturing and product development. PPMA is the trade show for processing and packaging machinery.
    • Follow up your visit by maintaining contact with the contacts you have made on social media. Send LinkedIn connection requests, get tweeting and use the photos you have taken during the visit.

    We have many customers who are exhibition stand builders

    Our stock products often get used for edging, trimming and joining exhibition stand panels. Raw edges can be given a professional finish by using plastic angles, single channels, plastic flat strips, plastic T barbs, plastic edge lipping and plastic capping. Not sure exactly what you need? To request a free sample of any of our stock products listed here simply contact us.

    If your exact specification is not listed we are recognised as a quality provider of custom plastic extrusions. Please see our custom plastic extrusion page to see how to take advantage of our excellent service or to speak to an advisor, call 01208 873566 or email info@mkmplastics.com. We are available Monday-Friday, 9am - 5pm.

  • Plastic Extrusions FAQ: Do You Offer Discount?

    plastic extrusions discountWe believe that the prices of our plastic extrusions are very competitive. That means like for like, for exactly the same plastic extrusion product made with the same standard of quality.

    We are totally transparent with our pricing as all prices are listed on our online shop. This is something that is not a widespread practice in the plastic extrusion industry. We have over 600 off the shelf plastic profiles and do not have a minimum spend. All we require is that complete packs need to be purchased. Our stock plastic products are sold in packs of 75 metres.

    What is the discount for large orders? If you buy 10 packs of the same product code then you will get 2 packs extra free of charge. If buying 750 metres you would receive 900 metres of the same product. This is effectively a 20% discount. This offer can be applied in multiples of 10 packs. For example, if you require 20 packs you would receive an extra 4 packs free of charge.

    So what do our stock plastic extrusions get used for?

    The applications are varied but typically they are used for edging trim, joining boards and panels, corner protection, capping, sliding track and covering raw edges.

    At MKM Extrusions we have a huge range of stock plastic profiles and these are some of our most popular ranges:

    Not sure exactly what you need? To request a free sample of any of our stock products listed here, just contact us.

    If your exact specification is not listed we are recognised as a quality provider of custom plastic extrusions. Please see our custom plastic extrusion page to see how to take advantage of our excellent service or to speak to an advisor, call 01208 873566 or email info@mkmplastics.com. We are available Monday - Friday between 9am - 5pm.

  • MKM Plastics + MKM Extrusions - Why Are We Known As Both?

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    MKM Plastics + MKM Extrusions - Why Do We Use Two Names?

    There are many plastics manufacturing companies in the UK, the majority of which are plastic moulders. We are not plastic moulders, we are plastic extruders and our name reflects how we use a different process.

    Our full name is MKM Extrusions Ltd, the name we are registered as and the name given to customers when they contact us by phone. If you call us we will say "MKM Extrusions, how can I help you?" That is who we are and extrusion is what we do.

    We know that a wide array of words are typed into Google when trying to source plastic extrusions. Despite the fact that almost all industries use extrusions, many people are not familiar with the word and would search instead for trims, profiles or sections. Or often something else entirely! Even if the word 'extrusion' is familiar to the person searching, spelling variations can be entered into the search bar.

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