By Hamish Champ, PRW
Telford, UK -- Rapra Ltd, the plastics and rubber membership organization, has announced that it has ended its services provider agreement with Smithers Rapra, the US-owned testing and consultancy group.
A five-year service agreement was signed by the companies in 2007, a year after Smithers Group acquired Rapra's Telford-based technical services division out of administration and re-named it Smithers Rapra.
In a statement Rapra, a not-for-profit organization, said that having listened to its members it felt unable to agree terms with Smithers Rapra "which we felt would be acceptable...and would continue to sustain RAPRA Ltd as a viable independent membership organisation going forward".
Steve Shaw, Rapra's operations director, said while the two could not agree on a contract going forward the termination had been amicable.
"We had established a template for new service providers which Smithers Rapra chose not to sign up to.
"We will still refer people to them but we plan to expand our network of service provider organisations, particularly in mainland Europe, North America and the Far East," he added.
Dave Schwarz, vice president marketing and strategic planning at the Smithers Group, said: "We had a service agreement for a number of years where Rapra members would come to us to receive a discount on services we provided. We mutually agreed not to take that contract forward."
He told PRW the Akron, Ohio-based group was totally committed to its presence in the UK: "It is part of our global Smithers Rapra brand."