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Smile Plastics

smile-plastics.com

Founded Year

1994

Stage

Corporate Minority | Alive

Total Raised

$1.22M

About Smile Plastics

Smile Plastics operates a materials design and manufacturing house of hand-crafted panels from waste materials. The company operates a design studio that turns waste into handmade panels. The business also offers limited editions and a bespoke materials service, as well as a custom design and build service. Smile Plastics was founded in 1994 and is based in Swansea, United Kingdom.

Headquarters Location

24 Crofty Industrial Estate

Swansea, Wales, SA4 3RS,

United Kingdom

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Latest Smile Plastics News

Plastics firm that turns yoghurt pots and bottles into creative products is planning to double in size

Sep 1, 2022

Plastics firm that turns yoghurt pots and bottles into creative products is planning to double in size Smile Plastics creates decorative panels and worktops Group 28 Invalid emailSomething went wrong, please try again later. Sign Up Group 28 A manufacturer that transforms waste plastic into furniture and decorative panels is planning to double its workforce after moving to a new home in Swansea. Smile Plastics takes materials including plastic bottles and yoghurt pots and uses them to create plastic panels that can be used in furniture and in interiors from showrooms to homes. the company, which also makes side tables and chopping boards, has clients including Mercedes-Benz and fashion brand Ganni. Smile is based in Crofty Industrial Estate, North Gower, but now has planning permission to move to a former factory at Swansea West Business Park, Fforestfach, as it seeks to expand. Emily Skinner, Smile's customer experience manager, said the company’s workforce was currently between 25 and 32 and that the aim was to more than double it by the end of 2023. The business works with various plastics and types of paper, among other materials, and that over the years has worked with CDs, coffee grounds and electric cabling sheath – as long as the waste wasn’t metal or heavily contaminated. Plastic remains its main ingredient, with Smile saying its overall aim is to create desirable products from something perceived as low value or just waste. The company has had funding from the Welsh Government, which wants Wales to be a zero waste county by 2050, plus private sector investors. Emily said one of the two pioneers who explored turning plastics into creative products many years ago, Colin Williamson, was an adviser until recently - and that Smile Plastics' machines included ones called Colin 1, Colin 2 and Colin 3. The co-founders of Smile Plastics are Adam Fairweather, who is technical director, and managing director Rosalie McMillan. Rosalie said: “The investment that we have received has enabled us to accelerate the scaling up of our operation through taking on an additional factory and production line at a pivotal time for us. “We will be tripling our capacity over the next year and offering an enhanced service to our growing customer base.” A planning statement submitted as part of Smile Plastics’s planning application to Swansea Council said the business was developing an apprenticeship programme and also helped community groups. Work to relocate the company to the new site – the former Michton factory – is expected to get under way in the final three months of this year. Read More Most Recent Most Recent

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Smile Plastics Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • When was Smile Plastics founded?

    Smile Plastics was founded in 1994.

  • Where is Smile Plastics's headquarters?

    Smile Plastics's headquarters is located at 24 Crofty Industrial Estate, Swansea.

  • What is Smile Plastics's latest funding round?

    Smile Plastics's latest funding round is Corporate Minority.

  • How much did Smile Plastics raise?

    Smile Plastics raised a total of $1.22M.

  • Who are the investors of Smile Plastics?

    Investors of Smile Plastics include Prova, Green Angel Syndicate, ACF Investors and Green Climate Fund.

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