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Below is a list of the 10 most recent DLS news articles from our news blog.

If you would like to view our old or archived news items for the DLS Group, feel free to visit our Group News site.


30 March 2020 14:12:11

virusAs we are currently operating in uncertain times the one thing we are certain of is the importance of putting our people’s wellbeing at the forefront combined with the ability to successfully run our business with our customers and suppliers.

DLS is taking the recent outbreak of COVID-19 very seriously and the management team are in contact, as per government guidelines, to make appropriate decisions for our people and the business. While we await to see what evolves over the coming weeks, we have prepared as much as we can to ensure we continue to meet our customer commitments.

To date we’ve made a decision to limit all work-related travel, external meetings and events, and have placed teams on rotation to minimise the risk of infection and transmission. Our staff are all still available and will be maintaining business and service relationships through telephone and email.

We are confident that as a UK manufacturer having multiple sites, high levels of raw materials and where appropriate finished goods this will allow us the flexibility as and when demand and labour availability change so that we can remain agile as a business satisfy our customer orders.

Manufacturing and production will cease except where necessary to fulfill confirmed customer orders where we are certain that you are able to receive deliveries. It is not fair on our staff to attend work unless customers actually require supply. We would appeal to customers to communicate their requirements.

We are NOT receiving supplier deliveries unless specific arrangements have been made. Suppliers must contact the office to agree a delivery time. In general we operating some warehouse activity on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Activity at other times need to be specifically arranged in order that staff can be martialled within the Government guidelines.

We continue to monitor the situation daily and take action based on Government advice and directives, however we remain positive that we have the ability to manage and serve our markets within this dynamic environment.

In the meantime thank you for your support during this period and most importantly please stay safe.

DLS Plastics:  Please contact us by telephone (+44 (0)1476 564549) or email [email protected] if you have specific requirements or wish to find out more.

DLS Medical:  Please contact us by telephone (+44 (0)1733 230700) or email [email protected] if you have specific requirements or wish to find out more.

New DLS brochure: Analogue marketing in a digital age

13 August 2019 16:54:52

IMG_5448DLS produced its first product brochure in 1975. All the illustrations were ink drawings and the document was printed using an old photocopier. Fast forward to today’s digital marketing techniques with targetted customer profiling and search engine optimisation. It seems old fashioned to be printing documents and sending them by mail to customers.

Never-the-less many of our long term customers have been asking when we would be printing out next catalogue -so here it is! New customers too find it easier, even though we keep our website bang up to date with new products, to leaf through the pages of our brochure to find the products they want.

IMG_5449We have put a great deal of effort into making sure that the pictures give a clear idea of what the products look like and we have included details of sizes and colours where relevant.

Please get in touch if you would like a copy and if you have any trouble finding the product you need we can help!

In House 3D Printer Improves Product Development

07 January 2019 11:38:03




3D printing is a process in which materials are joined or solidified under computer control to create a three dimensional object. The technology was originally patented in the early 1980’s by an inventor called Chuck Hull who envisaged a system that could create 3D items by building up layers using a cross sectional pattern of an item. Today the 3D printing market is worth $8 billion and the applications of 3D printed solutions are endless. Everyone, from doctors creating organs, skin and bones to NASA 3D printing pizzas for Astronauts to eat, are realising the potential of the fast and efficient process created by 3D printers.

As part of DLS Plastics’ constant strive to provide the best in product development, we now have a Makerbot Replicator Z18 3D printer on site. Having this facility available, allows our design department to place a 3D plastic model of a future product in a customer’s hand to ensure it meets requirements without having to produce an expensive and time consuming injection mould first. This 3D printer in particular is able to produce components as big as 30cm long x 30cm wide and a massive 45cm high, all whilst using the minimal amount of material required. This, combined with the expertise of our in house designers, allows for a much quicker and more efficient product development and fine tuning process – meaning we can deliver perfectly honed final products quicker than ever.

To discuss your injection moulded product requirements with our design or sales team, call today on 01476 564549.




An Oldie But A Goodie: DLS Corner Joints

10 July 2018 10:47:58

According to the United Nations Human Rights Council, Internet access is now a basic human right and they condemn any country that restricts or disrupts their citizen’s access to the world wide web. Rating Internet access just below physiological needs such as shelter, air, food and water shows just how reliant modern society is on gadgets and connectivity.

With advances in technology being made every day, its easy to forget and overlook the simpler things in life – the cornerstones and core components of the world that have been effectively doing their job effortlessly for decades.

Designed to be robust, lightweight and strong, the DLS range of corner joints is just one of these components. Manufactured in the UK, our Single and Double Corner Joints with lids are sold and despatched to destinations all around the world.  These uncomplicated but resilient brackets can create a strong and rigid joint between two pieces of wood with the addition of two screws, then simply press the lid into place to hide the fixings and leave it to do its job. Its this straightforward concept that makes the corner joint so dependable and popular, with over 1 million units being manufactured and sold every year. DLS is able to supply both the Single and Double Corner Joints in a plethora of stock colours, but also offer a colour matching service for customers requiring a unique finish whilst maintaining excellent value for money .

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So next time you sit down at your desk to access the internet or work on your latest project, spare a thought for the humble corner joint holding that piece of furniture together and consider whether your product would benefit from the strength, support and reliability of a DLS Corner Joint.

Call the DLS Plastics Sales Team today on 01476 564549.





Product Profile: DLS Gravity Vent

20 March 2018 10:18:00

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Picture the scene, your customer has taken delivery of their pride and joy new holiday home on a leafy and peaceful site deep in the countryside. They’ve taken a considered approach and opted for a green exterior to minimise any visual impact on the surrounding environment. As they stand back and take joy from their new escape stood resplendent in front of them, one small detail seems to break the colour continuity – a bright white gravity vent sticking out like a sore thumb.

OK, so that might be a little dramatic – but DLS Plastics think its important that even the smallest of details are taken care of for total consumer satisfaction. That’s why the DLS team have designed and engineered a gravity vent which can be moulded and supplied in colours to match the exterior of your holiday homes.

The product itself is designed to work with standard 4 inch/101mm flexible ducting to exhaust fumes from the kitchen cooker hood. A screw hole in each corner ensures secure mounting and three moving fins permit maximum air flow but provide minimal weather ingress.

For more information, please contact the DLS Sales Team on 01476 564549 or [email protected]




DLS Plastics Highly Commended In Business Awards

08 January 2018 10:24:01


The Grantham Journal Business Awards were recently held in St. Wulfram’s Church Grantham, to recognise and celebrate local business success. Guests were entertained by awards host Melvyn Prior (BBC Radio Lincolnshire), and magician Max Francis, whilst music was provided by Moonstone String Trio.

All 3 companies from each of the 11 judgement categories were assessed by judges and sponsors during a company visit and provided videos to show off their individual attributes. These short films were then shown at the awards ceremony to give everyone present an understanding of each business’ background.

DLS Plastics were fortunate to be awarded ‘Highly Commended’ status among tough competition in the Manufacturing and Engineering category. Judges were impressed with DLS’ manufacturing facilities, engineering prowess and innovative approach to developing and supplying solutions for new and existing customers.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank The Grantham Journal, Viking Signs and everyone else who was involved for considering DLS Plastics – we look forward to being involved with future awards.

UV Resistant Black Is The New Black…

03 July 2017 11:52:11




Ultraviolet (UV) rays are electromagnetic radiation rays that are invisible to the human eye and make up 10% of the total light output of the sun. Different types of radiation create different effects and although UV radiation doesn’t have the energy to ionise atoms and pose adverse health effects like other radiation forms, it does have the potential to trigger chemical reactions.

UV degradation is the name given to the reaction caused by materials absorbing UV rays and the break down process that this causes. Plastic materials such as polypropylene and LDPE are particularly susceptible to UV degradation after being exposed to unfiltered sunlight and atmospheric oxygen. Plastic UV degradation is often characterised by mouldings fading in colour, having a chalky or cracked surface texture or components becoming brittle and failing completely. In order to produce mouldings and components for external use that are resistant to UV radiation, a UV resistant additive or material must be used during the moulding process.

DLS Plastics has been using UV resistant additives in its external use components for many years.  Designers and engineers have been using knowledge gained from use of an in house weather tester to optimise mouldings and make the most of additives to provide as much protection as possible. More recently DLS has been able to offer a white material that has been developed and compounded specifically to provide a higher level of resistance to the effects of UV radiation and significantly extends the life expectancy of the final plastic moulding.

After considerable interest and a high number of requests, this material is now stocked in black – providing glossy, stylish black mouldings that still have the same high level of protection against UV rays. Please see below a selection of existing products that have already been manufactured using this material.

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If you have an external plastic component that you think would be benefit from a black UV resistant material, please contact our design team today on 01476 564549.


Metallic Components Without Metal Compromises

07 March 2017 09:53:00


Compromise; the expedient acceptance of standards that are lower than is desirable.

If your looking for metal-like aesthetics but don’t want the cost, weight and maintenance requirements of metal components , we don’t think you should compromise.

As part of our constant strive to be ahead of the curve in Injection Moulding technology, we are trialling a new range of materials which give a high gloss metallic finish to final mouldings. These materials create a premium, metal-like aesthetic, from a light weight, cost effective and maintenance free plastic component.

In order to get the best from the material, and ensure an imperfection free moulding, the DLS Plastics design team are able to create a mould tool design that is optimised for this type of material. Creating a plastic moulding with a metallic finish that is smooth and does not have flow marks is a difficult process, but is one that the highly trained design team on site at DLS Plastics, together with the experienced mould room staff, are mastering.

If you have a project that you think would benefit from metallic plastic components, contact our design team today on 01476 564549.




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