Thermotec Plastics - Case Study

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The UK’s manufacturing industry is well-placed with companies’ mass producing high precision parts.  However, there is an ever-increasing demand for cost-effective components in lower volumes, often at short lead-times.   

Birmingham-based Thermotec Plastics, with its innovative approach to design and manufacturing is successfully responding to this industry challenge ensuring vacuum forming  as a cost-effective alternative to injection molding.

 Innovation Accelerated by Government’s Tax credits for R&D 

Established in 1968, Thermotec Plastics is a privately-owned business employing 50 staff in its 45,000 sq/ft. premises close to Birmingham City Centre.  Finding innovative solutions to customer challenges has always been at the heart of Thermotec’s growth, however, its ability to claim tax refunds under the governments R&D Tax Incentive scheme, has created a wealth of benefits.   

Managing Director Ian Thurman commented: 

Finding innovative solutions to challenging problems has always been important, but the R&D tax credits scheme has accelerated developments, and encouraged us to look at more ambitious projects, where outcomes are uncertain.’  

Through investing in continued research and development, Thermotec Plastics has been successful in identifying alternative processes and lighter materials, to manufacture components that are available in low volumes, cost-effectively.  New and existing customers have benefitted from these developments and costs, in addition to the speed of delivery, which has proven to be significantly shorter than sourcing the solution abroad. 

Ian Thurman continued: 

Our clients including leading luxury car manufacturers continually demand bespoke, cost-effective components, in low quantities.  This combined with a need for strong, but lightweight components intensified our R&D focus and the successful development of our 3D honeycombed solution. 

Claiming Tax Credits Can Be Simple and Easy 

Working with Mark Evans, from R&D Tax Credits Thermotec Plastics has made successful R&D Tax Credit claims for 8 years. 

Ian Thurman concluded: 

‘Our accountant was aware of the scheme however, they quickly recognised that R&D Tax Claims expertise in the manufacturing sector, combined with their knowledge of the HMRC scheme, made them better placed to ensure we got the maximum refund. 

We’ve had 8 successful claims so far.  The process has been simple and easy with R&D Tax Claims providing everything we need to capture the relevant data, and pulling it together into the final report which they submit to the revenue.’  

What are R&D Tax Credits? 

 Research and Development (R&D) tax credits are a government tax relief that rewards UK Limited companies for investing in innovation. Companies that spend money developing new products, processes or services, or enhancing existing ones, are eligible for an R&D Tax Credit and/or a Corporation Tax refund under the scheme – with the average payout to SMEs over £61k per year.   

R&D Tax Claims Limited, are experts in securing Research & Development tax savings for manufacturing and engineering companies. To find out more visit or call 0845 003 0140.