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An introduction to Abplas
We are a family business of plastic professionals, established over 70 years ago; we originally started out making lampshades and jewellery! As the years passed we progressed into timber and DIY and finally concentrated our efforts on plastics. As plastics were a fairly new idea ‘back in the old days’ it took a while for people to realise the advantages of Perspex and plastic roofing as a viable alternative to glass.
We have survived seven decades, by always learning and coming up with new ways to solve problems. Our attitude enables us to present our customers with finished products that not only are they very happy with but we are very proud of too.
Abplas supporting London’s businesses
South West London based approved fabricators, Abplas, have recently been explaining how they have adapted to life supplying protective screens for local businesses.
Working with Perspex® cast acrylic and Palsun Polycarbonate, Abplas have been fabricating Covid-19 protective products non-stop since March, adapting their designs to create a bespoke, easy to use screen for multiple business settings. A flat pack design was developed that slots together and is secured with a simple clear screw; meaning it can be easily shipped and assembled by the end users on site.
Matthew Buckley, MD at Abplas explains, “We came up with a design that is easy to assemble, as it simply slots together. We were aware that many of our customers are hoping these will not become a permanent fixture and therefore wanted to purchase free standing screens. The freestanding aspect of our screens also makes them perfect for glass counters and other surfaces that are unable to take fixings.
We have incorporated thicker legs in our sneeze screen design, thus making our guards heavy, sturdy and really strong. Once our screens are constructed, they stay in place. We also wanted to make our design easy to distribute and able to be put together quickly. That is why our screens are flat packed and no tools are required during assembly.”
Responding to a recent surge in requests from hair dressing salons, Abplas have recently tweaked the design of their free standing guards to provide full length protection with the screen raised 100mm from the ground to enable easy regular floor cleaning.
Matthew Buckley continues “We have been working hard to meet demand. Initially our customers were mainly hospitals, pharmacies, doctors' surgeries and convenience stores as they were the only places open at the beginning of lockdown. Over recent months, we have been supplying offices, council buildings and schools as they prepare to return to work.”
Find out more about Abplas and their Perspex® Acrylic Protective Screen options, visit https://www.abplas.co.uk/
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Abplas help create a romantic Valentine's Day display on Oxford Street
London based approved fabricators, Abplas, spent the run up to Valentine’s Day 2019 completing a window display at a prominent store on London’s Oxford Street.
Working with the client, their original brief to create a box frame with hanging hearts was enhanced by the Abplas team to make the display 3D whilst ensuring it was equally as show stopping from outside and inside the store.
Abplas suggested using acrylic tubes instead of a box frame to make the hearts appear as if they were invisibly suspended in mid-air. The small hearts would be radiating from the main heart centre-piece.
Red Perspex® 440 was chosen as the ideal red shade for the valentine hearts which were fabricated with precision by the Abplas team. The small hearts were laser cut whilst large central heart was CNC cut and polished to give the illusion of being a chocolate box.
Opal Perspex® acrylic was teamed with our range of 2835 S-Led flexible strip LEDs providing an illuminated slogan which again was visible from both side of the display. S-LED strips can be curved around tight corners and right angles without the need to connect or solder strips.
The final challenge for the team was to be able to flatpack the display to fit through a narrow doorway before being assembled in the window.
To see how Abplas can help with your next project, visit www.abplas.co.uk.