Over 50 years Progress since 1964

SPEL Products commenced as Shrewsbury Plastics & Engineering Ltd in 1964 manufacturing glass fibre cabs and roofs for the electric milk floats built by W & E Vehicles.

The electric milk float was invented by Philip V Pocock, the first Chairman of  SPEL Products whose father had been in the dairy industry during WW1. PVP was with Mickleover Transport during WW2 building road tankers, horse drawn milk floats and other vehicles for United Dairies.

The requirement to replace the horse drawn milk carts in London became an increasing necessity with the need to be more efficient and overcome the shortage of cart horses. The electric three wheeled design was chosen for being quiet, low running costs and could turn in a cul-de-sac in one manoeuvre.

Production of the W & E Electric milk float started in 1947 utilising aluminium  for the bodywork. During the early 1960s glass fibre became the new material for low production runs of mouldings for the vehicle industry.

With a ready market Shrewsbury Plastics & Engineering Ltd commenced manufacturing the cabs and roofs and other mouldings for these vehicles, first in an old foundry and then later in a purpose built factory on the present site. Since 1964 the original building has been developed with a further three buildings for production and storage.

The company diversified into building cladding, motorway bridge fascia system (patented), chemical plant (tanks, vats, fume canopies, fume stacks, insulated  jam containers etc). In 1975 the ‘onion shaped’ SPEL Septic tank was  produced and attained the company’s first Agrément Certificate in 1977.

In 1989 the company became specialists in filament wound underground tanks  for many uses. Today the plant has modern ‘state of the art’ filament winding  and computerised robotic moulding and end dome machines for fast, quality assured production.

 


This Post Office building was clad with SPEL GRP panels with a textured bronze metallic finish, incorporating a lightweight steel frame, internal lining and insulation for quick site fixing.
SPEL 3-stage Septic Tanks, Agrément Certificated in 1977.
W & E Rangemaster electric vehicle with colour impregnated GRP cab and roof.
Wayne industrial sweeper with a GRP cab designed by SPEL.
SPEL Fascia System for bridges for concealing services. Easy lift on and off.
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