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Road Transport at Plastics Exhibition

3rd June 1955, Page 40
3rd June 1955
Page 40
Page 40, 3rd June 1955 — Road Transport at Plastics Exhibition
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PLASTICS used in transport are I featured at the British Plastics Exhibition and Convention which opened at Olympia, London, on Wednesday and will remain open until June 11.

The display on the stand of British Resin Products, Ltd., is of parricular interest to the road transport industry. In a section devoted to plastics in commercial vehicles, various applications of the many B.R.P. resins are shown,. ranging from a battery stopper to rubber-resin mudguards and complete panels of glass-fibre reinforced polyester resins.

Samples of resin-bonded wood, phenolic mouldings for facia boards, adhesive resins and surface-coating resins are all displayed in forms in which they are used in commercial vehicles.

Another section of the stand features plastics in buses and coaches. Lacquer finishes, roof sticks, louvres and ventilators are displayed to show the extent to which plastics materials are used in modern buses and coaches.

Several other stands include examples of polyester mouldings with glass-fibre reinforcement. These are of growing interest to bodybuilders, who are making increasing use of this material for cabs, bonnets, wheel boxes and so on.

British Industrial Plastics display several polyester products, including some panels from Midland " Red " buses, which have been sent by the Birmingham and Midland Motor Omnibus Co., Ltd.

Next Thursday the convention will deal with glass reinforced plastics. Three papers on the applications and properties of these materials will be presented.


A NUMBER of Manulectric Standon 25-cwt. battery-electric vehicles was recently delivered to Messrs. Job's Dairies, Hanworth, Middlesex. The cab being doorless, easy access can be gained from either side, a feature which saves time on door-to-door delivery work.

The body is in light alloy with a floor of similar material. Carrying capacity is for 110 gal. of milk carried in 45 crates stacked three high. A 20-mile range in hilly country, with 200 stops, is claimed, the maximum speed being 10 m.p.h.

Included in the specification are a 4-h.p. four-pole motor, double-reduction hypoid gearbox and four-wheel hydraulic brakes. D.P. Kathamade 48v. traction batteries are fitted, that recommended for hilly districts or long delivery rounds being of 160 amp. hr. capacity.

Manulectric vehicles are made by Messrs. Sidney Hole's Electric Vehicles, Withdean, Brighton.


People: Sidney Hole
Locations: Birmingham, London

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