PDM 2013 Expands to Meet Demand

The organisers of the Plastics Design & Moulding conference and exhibition (pdm13) have had to expand exhibition space in order to meet buoyant exhibitor demand as the event returns to the Telford International Centre June 18-19, 2013.

Big name manufacturers of machinery equipment who have already confirmed their presence at the show include Engel, Krauss Maffei, Sumitomo Demag, Kuka Robotics, Tria and Negri Bossi, while polymer and masterbatch suppliers also taking a stand include Distrupol, Plastribution, Ultra Polymers, 4Plas, Luxus, Gabriel-Chemie and many more. Representing the full plastics design and manufacturing chain, pdm13 exhibitors also include product design companies, vacuum thermoforming, rotational and blow moulding machinery suppliers, toolmakers, hotrunner and rapid prototyping specialists, mouldmakers and moulders, software suppliers and materials testing specialists.

Taking place at the newly refurbished Telford International Centre, pdm 13 will now feature an even larger exhibition space and a raft of quality paid-for and free seminars, workshops and training opportunities. Multiple conference streams and exhibitor-led seminar sessions will include half-day sessions on the latest developments in automotive, medical, 3D printing, design, caps & closures, composites and materials. The highly specialised content for these is being put together with pdm’s partners including the British Plastics Federation (BPF), the Gauge & Toolmakers Association (GTMA), Polymer Training and Innovation Centre, the Polymer Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMMDA) and Smithers Rapra. The Plastics Consultancy Network is also set to return to the event with its ever-popular “Ask The Consultant” drop-in advice centre.

“The facilities we can offer exhibitors, visitors and conference delegates at the Telford International Centre are much improved,” said PDM’s event director, Steve Crowhurst. The expanded format of the event and the popularity of the venue and its “plastics valley” location have strengthened demand from exhibitors, requiring us to provide additional space. An event like pdm shows the UK plastics industry off at its best and we are very excited about what we can achieve in Telford with our event partners.”

Home to over 100 polymer-related companies, Telford has been known for “plastics valley” for over 20 years and was the venue for PDM’s debut show in 2005. The International Centre has recently undergone a £10m upgrade and expansion programme to expand its exhibition and event space by 30%. The facilities now include additional break out suites, a new entrance and public concourse. Meanwhile £250m has been invested in the adjacent Southwater development, which will provide visitors and exhibitors with a choice of bars, restaurants and entertainment on their doorstep. Easily accessible from the M6 and M54 motorways, the Telford International Centre provides free parking for over 1,500 cars.

For more information, visit: www.pdmevent.com

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