Screw fitting to plastic moulding

I have an injection moulded device .. which is to be fixed by self
tapper screws.
The unit has no ?pilot? holes just ?shallow dimples? to allow screws to
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The unit has same feel & weight as Polypenco I have used in the past -
but I have no knowledge of its characteristics other than it is
injection moulded, and therefore likely to be thermoplastic
I am fitting the unit through a plywood base which will be reinforcing a
lid to collecting drum ? overall thickness of about 12mm
The screws supplied ? No.7 self tappers are not long enough, so I need
to use longer screws.
I could try and source some longer No. 7 screws, although the No.7 seem
quite small for the task ???. Or take 2 different approaches.
#1 drill out the moulding and tap to M4 ? in which case any tips or
hints for tapping into such a material would be welcome ? and is the
fairly fine thread form of M4 suited to holding in a such a material.
#2 slightly simpler ? I have plenty of No8 stainless self tappers - but
would not like to simply screw these in, in case they crack the
moulding. From what I find in my ref books the hole for a No.8 self
tapping screw is 3.5mm if drilled clean.
Any issues with this approach ? the coarser thread may be of benefit in
holding in the plastic.
For both options is there a recommended drill speed & lubricant for such
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