When firms engage in engineering projects, it is important they have access to all the materials they need, including anti-static plastic and so on.
If the comments of one commentator prove accurate, demand for resources like this may rise. According to economist and BBC journalist and presenter Evan Davis, the UK may be on the verge of embarking on a new age of “epic engineering projects”.
Writing on BBC News, he pointed to a number of examples, including a new railway which will run from west to east right across London. This is being run by Crossrail and it involves a tunnel boring machine called Phyllis.
About the endeavour, Mr Davis said: “It is the biggest engineering project in Europe – and Phyllis herself is not exactly dainty. She is 150 metres long, and weighs 1,000 tonnes.”
The specialist added: “Crossrail is a prime example of infrastructure. It is a rather deadly word, but I think it is exciting stuff, the civil engineering which makes Britain tick – the bridges, tunnels, power and water networks, which bind us together.”
Mr Davis also commented on the “vast network of new National Grid power tunnels under London” and drew attention to the ambitious £1.5 billion scheme to build a new Forth Bridge between Edinburgh and Fife.
Meanwhile, commenting on the UK’s engineering background, architect Lord Foster stated: “We probably have the greatest heritage in the world, in terms of inspirational individuals.” He added: “Look at Brunel, he created tunnels, bridges, ports, ships. I mean the breadth of that ambition, we should be creating in that spirit.”
These days, engineering firms have a vast range of materials to choose from, including thermoplastics like Delrin. Being able to get hold of the necessary provisions quickly and easily can make projects much easier for those in charge.