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A new path for plastics

For David Townend, Applied Technologies all began as a favour to a friend who, living on the south coast, found that her wooden gates were rotting at an alarming rate. After some serious research, Townend designed a gate made from recycled HDPE and built prototypes for his friend's house. That was in 1998 and the prototypes, as well as the business, are still going strong. "This is a business I just fell into," says Townend. "We were so impressed with the initial results we decided ...