Shower Module (Lamplas)

Keith Siddle, Production Director – Lamplas Ltd

Steve Vipond, Designer and Celyn Mitchell - Bigto Design, Bishop Auckland, County Durham

Description of concept:
Consett based Lamplas are a long established subcontractor in the GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic) composite field. One of the UK’s largest specialist composite companies, they currently employ around 80 people.
Having previously worked as a subcontractor producing GRP parts into the caravan market, Lamplas identified an opportunity to manufacture high quality, leak proof and fully finished shower modules for the leisure home market to sell direct to caravan manufacturers.

Target Market:
With existing links through sub contract component manufacture, Lamplas were able to identify five potential client companies in the relatively buoyant static caravan market.
The final design was a one piece GRP shower module and in addition to the first design Lamplas have extended the product range to include size variants.

How design would make a difference:
Lamplas knew that a shower module produced in GRP could offer several advantages in terms of surface finish, rigidity and aesthetics over the more usual thermoformed products. However, as a subcontracting business they lacked the design skills to develop the product to a standard necessary for entry to the marketplace.

Design Process Timescales:
September 2009 Exemplar funding granted
November 2009 Meet and selected designers
December 2009 Initial design concepts
February 2010 Final design development
March 2010 Prototyping
July 2010 Production

Lamplas worked with Bishop Auckland based product design consultants, Bigto Design Ltd, to develop a shower module from early concepts to a fully developed and production ready prototype.
Keith Siddle, Production Director, Lamplas Ltd comments: "We found the funding process and the way in which we were introduced to potential design partners both efficient and informative.
"Design is now an intrinsic part of our business and we have embarked on additional design led projects, the first being a new range of solid surface sinks."


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