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Swell exercisig Jester 1200x797       The man who brought the sit-on-top kayak to market has started a new brand: Swell Watercraft. The result is the among the best-designed sit-on-top kayaks on the market. The first thing I noticed about the Scupper 14 was the array of points of organization. Hatches, bungees, fishing rod holders, and gear tracks abound. The second thing I noticed is that the boat is heavy. As a former competitive paddler, hull speed triumphs over all else for me. That means lightweight composite layups. Every time I’m around a rotomolded plastic boat, I’m shocked by its weight. Probably more so with the extremely well-outfitted Scupper 14.


Reijo Strom has operated Motoral Oy, his rotomolding company outside Helsinki, for more than thirty years. During that time he has been active with ARM in North America and Nordic ARM in Scandinavia. He served twice on the ARM Board of Directors in the 1990s, on the International and Membership committees, and as a presenter of workshops and general sessions at ARM events. He sponsored annual ARM Nordic events across Scandinavia and hosted annual tours of his facilities by design students from four Finnish Universities to help promote the industry. He has helped develop innovative parts for the agricultural OEM industry serving both European and international markets as well as many products for his local Scandinavian market. Motoral Oy have won Product of the year twice in 2003 and 2009 and were instrumental in developing the cast silicone technology used for producing open holes in rotomolded parts, now known as Maus Holes. In 2018 he was elected to the Rotational Molding Hall of Fame.

Congratulations and we wish Reijo Strom continued success.

Resource: Rotational Molding Hall of Fame 2018 Inductee: Reijo Strom

BPF seminar 2019 rev3-4 June 2019 | Link Hotel, Loughborough University, Ashby Rd, Loughborough LE11 4EX
The BPF Rotational Moulding Group seminar for 2019 will explore the design benefits of using rotational moulding. The event will examine the use of rotationally moulded products in different applications.
Featuring expert speakers such as Gareth McDowell and Martin Spencer, this two day event will look at the use of rotational moulding in the medical, marine and automotive environment. It will also look at designing for recyclability as well as new generational materials that you should be aware of.
Who should attend: This seminar is aimed at senior and middle managers from companies in the plastics industry who rotationally mould.
In order to see the Seminar program and other details, please click on the link:

Resource: BPF



Resource: BPFOn the 24th April the BPF is hosting a one hour rotational moulding webinar on polypropylene’s uses in rotational moulding starring ARMO Alumni Ronny Ervik. 

Ronny will present the main differences between PP and PE. He will focus on processing, applications examples and material properties - highlighting the main advantages PP can offer.
Ultrapolymers have developed a PP grade called UP321PP, which offers significant advantages over other PP materials in the market. Ronny will explain the unique advantages of UP321PP. He will also give a short introduction into Ultrapolymers and its parent company Ravago.


Ronny Ervik, European Technical Development Manager, UltraPolymers

Ronny has a background as a chemical engineer. He has worked for the petrochemical company Borealis, the R&D company Norner and started up the rotational moulding department of OPD. In 2012, he joined Ultrapolymers as an European Technical Development Manager, with responsibility for sales in the Nordic countries and technical service and development in Europe. He has founded and been the president of Nordic ARM since 2007.

Resource: PBF


fotelik Nordic ARMHervé Gagelin has always been passionate about nautism, and has been living close to the seaside forever. Gagelin has been closely following the evolution of paddle gears for years and observed that "paddlers do not stand up for a long time since they tend to get tired easily". He thus designed an ergonomic seat that can be installed on any paddle or kayak. The first prototype, made 6 years ago, incorporated glass fiber reinforced materials. The new one is rotomolded.


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