Rotomolding Education & Training


For more than 30 years Queens University has been regarded as the world’s leading research facility in Rotational Moulding, with an unrivalled international reputation for high quality fundamental research, coupled with practical relevance. A wide and diverse range of projects are carried out in collaboration with local and international companies. These projects range from short-term problem solving, training and consultancy work, to medium-term development and long term applied and fundamental research. Subject areas include: cycle time optimisation, new process & product development, process control, automation and new material development.

The Centre is equipped with full-scale, state-of-the-art industrial rotational moulding equipment, enabling direct correlation with results obtained with commercial moulders and suppliers, and includes the following:

  • Ferry RS 1600 carousel rotational moulding machine;
  • Single arm Caccia 1400R shuttle rotational moulding machine.

The rotational moulding laboratory is also equipped with a number of essential ancillary pieces of equipment including:

  • Wedco single stage Grinding Mill (max 300kg per hour);
  • Caccia high speed Turbomixer (50kg capacity).

Other important items include:
A range of particle analysis equipment, for determining particle size distribution, particle shape bulk density and dry flow; Temperature Monitoring Units including Rotolog, Datapaq and K-Kontrol; Selection of test moulds e.g. cubes/spheres/tubes; and TP Picture® Powder/Bubble Analysis Equipment.

About Queen’s

Queen’s University Belfast is a member of the Russell Group of 24 leading UK research-intensive universities, providing world-class education underpinned by world-class research.

Founded as Queen’s College in 1845, it became a university in its own right in 1908. Today, it is an international centre of research and education rooted at the heart of Northern Ireland.

The University has won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education on five occasions – for Northern Ireland’s Comprehensive Cancer Services programme and for world-class achievement in green chemistry, environmental research, palaeoecology and law.

Four prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) Awards further recognises the University’s contribution to society. Queen’s received the award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts in 2008, was awarded the title of the UK’s Entrepreneurial University of the Year in 2009, won the Outstanding Engineering Research Team of the Year category in 2010 and received the Most Innovative Teacher of the Year Award in 2011.

With more than 17,000 students and 3,500 staff, it is a dynamic and diverse institution, a magnet for inward investment, a patron of the arts and a global player in areas ranging from cancer studies to sustainability, and from pharmaceuticals to creative writing.

Queen’s Research Projects

Contact for information on the Queen’s University

Polymer Processing Research Centre
Mike Kearns
Queen’s University Belfast
Ashby Building 
Stranmillis Road
Belfast BT9 5AH
Tel: 028 90974700
Fax: 028 90660631