Plastics Design & Moulding Exhibition

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Monday, 26 February 2018 17:49

PDM 2018 - The Plastics Design & Moulding Event

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From Brexit and the Chinese import ban to the recent demonisation of plastics by media and politicians, the PDM 2018 conference programme will tackle the most challenging issues facing the industry today. Taking place at the Telford International Centre on June 19-20, 2018, the free-to-attend PDM conference will feature expert speakers from the British Plastics Federation (BPF), CEEMET (the European Employers’ Association) and Made in Britain, and include a panel discussion on how the industry can improve plastic’s image.

Philip Law, Director General, BPF will provide an opening address on where the plastics industry is headed. Mike Baxter, Director of External Affairs, BPI will then present a session on the Chinese ban on plastic waste exports and the implications for the British recycling industry. He will be followed by Kinza Sutton, Marketing Manager, Plastipak who will explore why plastic has become “enemy number one,” looking at how myths and negativity being perpetuated by the media and politicians are affecting public opinion. Her presentation will remind delegates of the positive role plastic plays in our everyday lives, and call for a joined-up approach across the industry to redress the balance.

By way of example, the BPF recently issued a statement in a response to recent government announcements on plastic waste. It said: “We are very disturbed that the tone of language used does not recognise the important benefits that the plastics industry brings to the UK, including 170,000 jobs.

"Plastics themselves save energy. They are low carbon materials, crucial in the fight against climate change. Their light weight and durability cuts fuel consumption in vehicles and aircraft and reduces pollution. They provide protection for products and prevent food waste.

By encouraging plastic-free aisles, the government is creating an impression that the use of plastics is inherently wrong. Typically, food waste in stores increases by a third without packaging. For example, a wrapped cucumber lasts 14 more days than one that is not. Cutting out plastic packaging for fresh produce will actually harm the environment through increased CO2 emissions because the energy used to produce food is much greater than in the packaging protecting it.”

Matt Barber, event director for the PDM Event says: “We have a really strong line-up of speakers who will not shy away from tackling the difficult issues facing the plastics industry. The conference sessions and panel discussion will provide an important opportunity for the industry to find solutions and set an agenda for action.”

Both upstream and downstream waste management solutions will be discussed during the conference. The Sustainability sessions on day two will include a presentation on stopping ocean plastics by Professor Ed Kosior, CEO and Head Consultant, Nextek, and another on the use of recycled materials in the future, led by Stephen, Mancey, CEO Europe, Logoplaste. In the Design and Differentiation sessions, Keith Freeguard, Director, Axion Consulting will explain the importance of “circular thinking” in sustainable product design.

PDM 2018 is the perfect place for plastics and design professionals to network, learn and do business. Industry associations supporting PDM 2018 include: the BPF, plastics recycling organisation RECOUP, the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), the Gauge & Toolmakers Association (GTMA) and the Scottish Plastics & Rubber Association.

Monday, 20 June 2016 16:24

PDM Event Moves to Manchester for 2017

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Following the success of this year’s Plastics Design & Moulding Event (PDM Event) the organizers have announced that the exhibition and conference is moving to the new venue of EventCity in Manchester on June 21-22, 2017.

After another successful event held in Telford on June 14-15 this year, PDM Event 2017 will take place in Manchester alongside a new Northern edition of the Product Design + Innovation (PD+I) conference for industrial product designers.

“As organizers we are always looking at ways to evolve the PDM Event to deliver a new audience for our exhibitors and a new experience for our visitors,”, said Steve Crowhurst, managing director of organiser Crain Communications. “Our exhibitors have responded very positively to our plans and we look forward to working with them to put on our best ever event in Manchester for 2017.”

“PDM is always a good event and delivers good quality visitors and value for money,” said Nigel Baker, Managing Director BMB Plastics Machinery immediately after this year’s show. “We do most of our business in the region around Manchester, so we had no hesitation in rebooking for 2017.”

Brian Taylor, Sales Manager of exhibitor Cytec Systems commented, “Moving PDM to Manchester next year will make the show more accessible from the North. We will see new people and it will open up new markets for us.”

“We need to be at PDM. Eighty percent of the customers we invited have come to see us on the stand this year,” said Mark Lawson, Managing Director of technical recruitment specialist LawsonKeys. “We have booked four times the space at PDM Event 2017 in Manchester, which we will be sharing with six of our customers.”

Confirming PDM Event as the place to do business in the plastics industry, technical plastics compounder and exhibitor Luxus announced at this year’s event the purchase of new machinery from fellow exhibitor BOY including a BOY 90E injection molding machine with ancillary equipment and a BOY 22A.

Manchester is at the heart of the Northern Manufacturing Powerhouse, a region synonymous with manufacturing, design and engineering and home to some of the key design and molding companies, their supply chains and customers. Co-locating PDM Event and the PD+I conference will draw in the region’s expanding industrial design community as well as leading companies from across the plastics materials, recycling, composites, machinery, toolmaking, molding, rapid prototyping and ancillary sectors.

EventCity is the second largest exhibition space outside London. It is easily accessible by all means of transport, has over 3,000 free car parking spaces and is located just minutes from the dynamic city centre of Manchester.

For more information, visit: www.pdmevent.com

The Plastics Recycling Expo (PRE) exhibition and conference takes place at the Telford International Centre on June 14-15, offering a unique opportunity to survey the opportunities and challenges for plastics recycling in the UK. As in previous years PRE forms part of the larger PDM Event, which covers all aspects of plastics design and moulding.

The two day PRE conference features speakers from Tesco, WRAP, Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) and BPF Recycling Group as well as academics, policy and compliance experts, and specialists from the packaging and design industries.

Companies exhibiting at PRE will showcase the latest technology developed to keep costs low, reduce material contamination and save energy during production. Among industry leading names exhibiting are: ARTEC Machinery, Axion Recycling, Biffa Polymers, Blue Sky Plastics, BPI Recycled Products, Cofit, Erema, Gamma Meccanica, Gneuss Kunststofftechnik, LARAC, Manifattura Russo Filippo, Netzsch Instruments, Plasgran, Plastic Recycling Van Werven, Tecnova and Tivaco.

PRE conference highlights include:

  • Ian Sorensen, Group Head of Consumables and Waste & Recycling Procurement at Tesco reveals how the retailer has closed the plastic recycling loop by offering single-use carry bags made from its own plastic waste.
  • Mike Baxter of the BPF Recycling Group asks if there a future for recycling waste plastics in the UK
  • Claire Shrewsbury, Packaging Programme Manager at WRAP focuses on improving sorting and developing end markets.
  • Andrew Bird, chair of LARAC looks at the Courtauld Commitment 2025 and how it will affect plastics recycling
  • Stuart Forster, CEO of RECOUP speaks on finding and developing new markets for recycled plastic material.
  • Stuart Hayward-Higham, Technical Development Director of Sita explores the latest trends in plastic packaging.
  • Stuart Kershaw, Trading Sales Manager at Viridor Waste Management asks if designers have a role to play in making Pots Tubs and Trays more widely recycled.
  • Keith Freegard, Director, Axion Recycling outlines how can we overcome the difficulty of keeping plastics recovery facilities viable and sustainable in the current economic environment.
  • Mike Baxter, External Affairs Director at Bpi.recycled products covers Oxo-biodegradables and the early impact of the plastic bag charge.


A conference session is also planned on how to increase the recycled plastic content in cars.

For more information or to register, visit: www.pdmevent.com

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 13:56

PDM Event 2016 to Showcase UK Plastics Industry

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Featuring scientific discoveries, innovative approaches to design and ground-breaking new technology, this year’s PDM Event will be a true showcase of the UK’s dynamic plastics sector. The event will Take place at the Telford International Centre from June 14-15, 2016. PDM Event will also provide the perfect setting to unveil the results of two new industry surveys – Best Places to Work in UK Plastics and Most Influential People in the UK Plastics.

Free-to-attend, PDM Event offers an all-encompassing exhibition and conference for plastics design, moulding, packaging and recycling. The multi-million pound Telford International Centre venue provides ample space for large machinery exhibits and access to a brand new conference area.

Plastics developments and innovations covered in the free-to-attend conference sessions will include Industry 4.0, SprayPET technology, energy efficient equipment, auxetic polymers, alternative materials for rotomoulding and new colour opportunities provided by effect pigments.

Recycling will be high on the agenda with speakers exploring how to keep plastics recovery facilities viable and sustainable in the current economic environment, reform in the PRN system, value chains in the circular economy, the impact of the plastic bag charge and how to increase the use of recycled content in cars. Speakers will include representatives from Tesco, WRAP, Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) and British Plastics Federation (BPF) Recycling Group as well as academics, policy and compliance experts, and leading lights in the packaging and design industries.

Arburg, Biffa Polymers, Boddingtons Plastics, Erema, Hasco Internorm, Milacron, Motan Colortronic, Negri Bossi, Piovan, Plasgran, Plastribution and Romi Machines are among the leading industry names who have already booked stands. New exhibitors have been attracted too including Connect 2 Cleanrooms (offering mouldshop solutions to prevent contamination), Staubli Connectors (hydraulic and electrical connectors), CS Moldes (Portuguese mouldshop), CRC Industries (global supplier of chemical products including purge agents and mould lubricants), Plunkett Associates (low volume prototyping), BOC (industrial gases and cleaning solutions) and Petlon Polymers Ltd (polymer compounding and recovery).

Visitors will have the opportunity to discuss projects with product design companies, rotational and blow moulding machinery suppliers, toolmakers, rapid prototyping specialists, moulders and mouldmakers, masterbatch specialists, software suppliers and materials testing specialists.

PDM Event enjoys the support of all the major plastics and moulding associations including Composites UK, Institute of Engineering Designers (IED), Society of Plastics Engineers UK & Ireland (SPE), Rubber & Plastics Research Association (RAPRA), BPF, the Gauge & Toolmakers Association (GTMA), IOM3, Polymer Training and Innovation Centre and the Polymer Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMMDA), Polymer Society, RECOUP, LARAC and WRAP.

The PDM Event exhibition and conference is free to attend for visitors.

For more information or to register, visit: www.pdmevent.com

The next PDM Event will take place at the Telford International Centre from June 14-15, 2016 providing an all-encompassing exhibition and conference for plastics design, moulding, packaging, recycling and – new for this year – composites. The previously co-located shows PRE and PPS join with PDM to form the newly-branded PDM Event.

The multi-million pound Telford International Centre venue provides more room for large machinery and access to a brand new conference area. Biffa polymers, Erema, Hasco, Motan Colortronic, Negri Bossi, Piovan, Plasgran, Plastribution and Romi are among the leading industry names which have already booked stands. Other exhibitors include product design companies, rotational and blow moulding machinery suppliers, toolmakers, rapid prototyping specialists, moulders and mouldmakers, masterbatch specialists, software suppliers and materials testing specialists.

Established for more than a decade as the leading event for the design and moulding sectors of the plastics industry, PDM Event has expanded in recent years to include recycling and packaging. The addition of a composites element for 2016 represents a new stage in its evolution. Reinforced thermoplastics are playing an ever-increasing role in innovation and evolution in the automotive sector. Composite materials – lauded for their strength and light weight – are driving new standards in design, helping the car makers to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions.

Claire Whysall, Communications Manager of Composites UK which has partnered with PDM Event organisers to develop this new dimension of the PDM Event said: “We are excited by the opportunity PDM Event provides to showcase the latest innovation and technology developments in thermoplastic composites for both structural and aesthetic applications in what is an increasingly exciting and vibrant sector.”

As well as diversifying its exhibitor base, PDM Event continues to attract growing numbers of visitors and has secured its place as the key event in the plastics industry calendar. Jaguar Land Rover, BT, Dyson, Ford, Honda, Panasonic, Proctor & Gamble and Bentley were among the many companies who sent delegates to the 2015 event and 70% of exhibitors said they expected to have orders in the near future worth up to £250,000 as a result of taking part.

PDM Event enjoys the support of all the major plastics and moulding associations including Composites UK, Institute of Engineering Designers (IED), Society of Plastics Engineers UK & Ireland (SPE), Rubber & Plastics Research Association (RAPRA), British Plastics Federation (BPF), the Gauge & Toolmakers Association (GTMA), IOM3, Polymer Training and Innovation Centre and the Polymer Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMMDA), Polymer Society, RECOUP, LARAC and WRAP.

For more information or to register, visit: www.pdmevent.com

Design and moulding professionals are invited to the 10th anniversary Plastics Design and Moulding Exhibition and Conference (PDM15) which returns to Telford this June with a host of new exhibitors and a wealth of learning opportunities.

Taking place at the Telford International Centre on June 16-17, 2015, the UK’s premier annual event for the plastics industry will be co-located with the new Plastics Packaging Show and the second Plastics Recycling Expo. The event has already attracted stand bookings from over 100 companies. Visitors who register for PDM will have access to the exhibition floor of all three events as well as a high quality conference programme. Industry skills shortages, EU membership, sustainable design, automotive lightweighting and 3D printing will be among the key issues tackled in the PDM Conference which also includes a number of ‘shop floor’ sessions for engineers, providing practical expertise in areas such as moulding techniques and machine care.

PDM15 exhibitors include major industry players* who have supported the show since its launch in 2005, as well as many first-time exhibitors such as Igus UK, Cad2parts, South West Polymer Supplies, Hotset UK and Kongskilde UK.

Organisers have also reported a new level of interest from overseas businesses keen to showcase their capabilities to the UK market, now regarded as the growth area in Europe. Stands have recently been booked by Italian-based M.P Srl, Austrian-based Meusburger Georg GmbH & Co Kg, Swiss company U-NICA Gruppe, 3D Design Technologies Ltd (Cad2parts Ltd) from Turkey and Luxembourg-based CODPRO.

Industry support for the PDM event continues to grow with the Society of Plastics Engineers UK & Ireland (SPE) and Rubber & Plastics Research Association (RAPRA) now joining existing partners British Plastics Federation (BPF), the Gauge & Toolmakers Association (GTMA), IOM3, Polymer Training and Innovation Centre and the Polymer Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMMDA), Polymer Society, Smithers Rapra and WRAP.

PDM’s event director Steve Crowhurst said: “PDM is a show that constantly evolves: innovative companies are discovered, new partnerships formed and cutting-edge technologies showcased for the first time. It’s where some of the biggest opportunities and challenges facing our industry are debated and provides a unique space for exhibitors and visitors to do business, network and build on their knowledge and expertise. With the addition of both PRE and PPS this year, 2015 is set to be the most diverse and exciting event in our 10-year history.”

For more information or to register, visit: www.pdmevent.com

Wednesday, 03 December 2014 16:37

PDM 2015 - Plastics Design & Moulding Exhibition

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The Plastics Design and Moulding Exhibition and Conference (PDM15) returns to the Telford International Centre on June 16-17, 2015.  The event will celebrate its 10th anniversary as the UK’s premier annual event for the plastics industry.

More than 60 exhibitors including major names from every part of the UK plastics community have already confirmed their presence at PDM15 including Distrupol, Plastribution, Negri Bossi, Premier Moulding Machinery, Billion UK, BMB Plastics Machinery, Kuka Robotics, Luxus, Mouldshop, Rutland Plastics and Chess Plastics. Companies exhibiting at PDM for the first time in 2015 include: Igus UK, Cad2parts, South West Polymer Supplies, Hotset UK and Kongskilde UK. Other exhibitors include product design companies, rotational and blow moulding machinery suppliers, toolmakers, rapid prototyping specialists, moulders and mouldmakers, masterbatch specialists, software suppliers and materials testing specialists.

The PDM conference runs on both days of the event and will cover the latest in plastics design and manufacture including moulding processes, rapid prototyping, materials innovation and sustainability issues.

PDM15 is the perfect place for plastics and design professionals to network, learn and do business. Industry associations supporting PDM15 include: British Plastics Federation (BPF), the Gauge & Toolmakers Association (GTMA), Polymer Training and Innovation Centre and the Polymer Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMMDA).

After visiting the last PDM event Simon Colbeck, General Merchandise Head of Innovation and Quality, Marks and Spencer said: “I was particularly impressed with the new materials innovation we saw, and great to see how the commercialisation of 3D printing has developed. I have collected lots of information and have plenty of companies to follow up with when I get back.”

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. Easily accessible from the M6 and M54 motorways, the Telford International Centre provides free parking for over 1,500 cars. The adjacent Southwater development now also offers visitors and exhibitors a choice of bars, restaurants and post event entertainment.

PDM15 will be co-located at the Telford International Centre with the Plastics Recycling Expo, exhibition and conference dedicated to plastics recycling and the new Plastics Packaging Show exhibition and conference.

For more information, visit: www.pdmevent.com

Monday, 14 April 2014 14:17

PDM 2014

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Philips Consumer Lifestyle, Jaguar Land Rover, Fiat, Kiska and WRAP are among the high profile organisations that have confirmed their representatives will be speaking at the Plastics Design & Moulding exhibition and conference, PDM 14, taking place 18-19 June 2014 at the Telford International Centre.

Steve Masterson, Partner and COO at Kiska sets the tone for the PDM14 Conference with his opening presentation entitled Innovation and Design: the Power of Plastics. The first day continues with detailed sessions focusing on design, sustainability and packaging. The second day will include market focus sessions in the automotive, consumer goods and medical sectors, followed by process-themed presentations covering rapid prototyping, scientific moulding, and PIM (Powder Impression Moulding).

Michael Abrahams, Engineering and Materials Consultant at the Plastics Consultancy network will present Rapid prototyping and its benefits, focussing on the huge time reduction when rapid prototyping is used and the latest thinking on the approaches and uses of rapid prototyping.

Exhibiting companies offering design and prototyping services through to completion include 3di, AK Industries, Agentdraw, Chess Plastics, Gelec, Hi-technology Group, Lgg Charlesworth, Malcolm Plastics, Protolabs, Rutland Plastics and Spaceclaim.

The PDM14 conference and exhibition is the perfect place for plastics and design professionals to network, learn and do business. Industry associations supporting PDM14 include: British Plastics Federation (BPF), the Gauge & Toolmakers Association (GTMA), the IOM3 and Polymer Training and Innovation Centre.

PDM14 will be co-located at the Telford International Centre with the new PRE, Plastics Recycling Expo, Europe’s first exhibition and conference dedicated to plastics recycling.

Plastics Design & Moulding (PDM) is a two-day event combining an exhibition and conference, which has been running since 2005. The most comprehensive plastics event in the UK, PDM is a must-attend for anyone involved in the design and production of plastic products. PDM is a centre for business and a vibrant source of information, education and inspiration for plastics design and moulding professionals. In 2014 PDM will be co-located at the Telford International Centre with the new PRE, Plastics Recycling Expo, Europe’s first exhibition and conference dedicated to plastics recycling.

For more information or to register, visit: www.pdmevent.com

Monday, 30 December 2013 11:17

Plastics Design & Moulding 2014

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The Plastics Design and Moulding Exhibition and Conference has announced that following the outstanding success of the 2013 event, it will return to the Telford International Centre again on June 18-19, 2014. Exhibitors and visitors to this year’s show reported it as one of the most vibrant UK plastics events in recent years and over 50 exhibitors have already confirmed their presence at the 2014 event.

Major names from every part of the UK plastics community have already signed up to exhibit at PDM14 including Negri Bossi, Kuka Robotics, Gabriel Chemie, Rutland Plastics, Pantone, BMB Plastics Machinery, AK Industries, Distrupol and Chess Plastics. Other exhibitors include product design companies, rotational and blow moulding machinery suppliers, toolmakers, rapid prototyping specialists, moulders and mouldmakers, masterbatch specialists, software suppliers and materials testing specialists.

Engel UK is also one of the many exhibitors who quickly rebooked for PDM14. Commenting on success of the 213 event, Graeme Herlihy, managing director said: “We’ve been flat out throughout the show. It’s been our best UK exhibition for years.”

Mike Bate, managing director of Krauss Maffei Group, which has also rebooked for PDM14, added: “It’s been a fantastic show for us, very busy with new and existing customers from all different industries. PDM is a friendly show and a great networking event.”

PDM14 is the perfect place for plastics and design professionals to network, learn and do business. Industry associations supporting PDM14 include: British Plastics Federation (BPF), the Gauge & Toolmakers Association (GTMA), the IOM3, Polymer Training and Innovation Centre and the Polymer Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMMDA).

Home to over 100 polymer related companies, Telford has been known as the “plastics valley” for over 20 years and was the venue for PDM’s debut show in 2005. Easily accessible from the M6 and M54 motorways, the Telford International Centre provides free parking for over 1,500 cars. After the recent £10 million upgrade of the centre’s facilities, a further £250m has been invested in the adjacent Southwater development, which will provide visitors and exhibitors with a choice of bars, restaurants and entertainment.

Plastics Design & Moulding (PDM) is a two day event combining an exhibition and conference, which has been running since 2005. The most comprehensive plastics event in the UK, PDM is a must attend for anyone involved in the design and production of plastic products. PDM is a centre for business and a vibrant source of information, education and inspiration for plastics design and moulding professionals. In 2014 PDM will be co-located at the Telford International Centre with the new PRE, Plastics Recycling Expo, Europe’s first exhibition and conference dedicated to plastics recycling.

For more information or to register, visit: www.pdmevent.com

 

McLaren Automotive, Samsung, Cisco, Marks & Spencer, Bang & Olufsen, Jaguar Land Rover, Morphy Richards, Bowers & Wilkins, Huawei and Orange are among the many leading brand companies that will be sharing the secrets of successful design strategy at the second annual Product Design + Innovation conference, which takes place on May 29-30, 2012 at the ExCel Centre in London. Joining them on the platform will be some of the most innovative and admired figures from the world of design consultancy including Dick Powell, Gadi Amit and Morten Warren.

Back by demand, the second Product Design + Innovation Conference will explore how product designers can drive economic growth. Chaired by Kevin McCullagh, director of Plan, the unique two day conference for industrial designers boasts a heavy-weight speaker line-up that matches the acclaimed programme of last year. Confirmed speakers already include:

  • Dick Powell, co-founder of Seymourpowell
  • Frank Stephenson, design director, McLaren Automotive
  • SungHan Kim, head of design, Samsung Design Europe
  • Dan Black, director and co-founder, Black+Blum
  • Morten Nielsen, chief executive officer, Bang & Olufsen, Medicom
  • Neil Churcher, head of design, global design and usability, Orange
  • Morten Warren, principal and founder, Native Design
  • Tony Hunter, design director, Fiery Belly and advanced design, Jaguar Land Rover
  • Simon Colbeck, head of technology, Marks & Spencer
  • Markus Hohl, head of customer centred design, O2
  • Gadi Amit, president and principal designer, New Deal Design
  • Mike James, director of product development, Morphy Richards

The conference will also draw inspiration from diverse thinkers and academics in the field of design and innovation including Dr. Bettina von Stamm, founder of the Innovation Leadership Forum; Vicky Richardson, director of architecture, design and fashion at the British Council; and James Woudhuysen, professor of forecasting and innovation at De Montfort University.

Chairman Kevin McCullagh said: “Beside the obvious appeal of this great roster of speakers, to my knowledge there is no other conference that links the big economic questions of growth and re-industrialisation, with product design and strategy..”

Shared learning is the essence of the conference with sessions developed specifically to address the barriers that exist between consultancies and in-house design teams as well as other functions such as engineering and marketing. Insight will be delivered as genuine brand case studies, debates, pecha kucha sessions and panel discussions. Delegates will have several opportunities to network with speakers and peers during break-out sessions.

Product Design + Innovation is aimed at senior product designers as well as innovation professionals working for a brand owners, OEMs or consultancies. Further details including the full speaker programme will be published in the coming weeks on the event’s website www.pdesigni.com

Delegates attending Product Design + Innovation will also have free access to the co-located Plastics Design & Moulding conference and exhibition www.pdmevent.com

The annual Plastics Design and Moulding Exhibition and Summit (PDM12) returns to the ExCel Centre in London for 29-30 May 2012, confirming its unique position in bringing together the best of British plastics manufacturing and design.

PDM12 is the perfect place for plastics and design professionals to network, learn and do business. Visitors can meet representatives from every part of the UK plastics community including leading industry names from injection moulding machinery makers Engel, Sumitomo Demag and Billion to 3D printer specialists like Hewlett Packard, ZSolutions and Bits from Bytes, as well as rapid prototyping companies like Midas and Ogle.

Among other premier exhibitors are polymer producers Bayer MaterialScience, polymer distributors Distrupol, Plastribution and Ultrapolymers  and masterbatch and additive suppliers Gabriel-Chemie and Pantone. Representing the full plastics design and manufacturing chain, PDM 12 exhibitors also include product design companies, vacuum thermoforming, rotational and blow moulding machinery suppliers, toolmakers and hotrunner specialists, mouldmakers and moulders, software suppliers and materials testing specialists.

The PDM12 Summit, running across both days of the show, tackles a host of in-depth topics focusing on the core subject of Best Practice in Plastics Design. It will include award-winning design and innovation case studies and the second day will also feature sessions from the British Plastics Federation’s rotomoulders as well as additives and masterbatch groups. More details of headline speakers and the full PDM conference programme will be announced later in February.

Back by popular demand at PDM 12 is the free Plastics Surgery - Ask the Consultant offering practical advice on manufacturing a product in plastic. Experts from the Plastics Consultancy Network, specialists in plastics design, manufacturing and materials issues, will be on hand to assist any PDM visitor.

Many exhibitors are looking forward to sharing their latest innovations with the industry at PDM12:

“Engel had a great PDM last time, and taking part again this year was a no-brainer,” says Graeme Herlihy, managing director of Engel UK. “There have been lots of new application developments recently in the world of Engel, and PDM is the perfect opportunity to showcase them.”

Peter Atterby, managing director of Luxus adds: “Luxus is the only UK independent recycler to develop technical polymer alloys with a high recycled content able to satisfy global manufacturing needs - particularly in the auto industry. So we’re very much looking forward to sharing our thoughts on what we believe will be the next challenges in sustainable component design at PDM12.”

Rachel Collier, technical sales manager at Midas Pattern Co Ltd concludes: “Midas is looking forward to PDM12 and the platform it provides us to showcase our high quality RIM mouldings. Located at an excellent venue, we see PDM as the ideal place to strengthen our sales into the Southern counties.”

PDM12 is co-located with the Product Design + Innovation Conference www.pdesigni.com

For more information, visit: www.pdmevent.com

The annual Plastics Design and Moulding Exhibition and Conference (PDM11) has moved from its traditional base in Telford to the ExCel Centre in London for 18-19 May 2011. The move is designed to attract new exhibitors and visitors as well as to strengthen the event’s unique position in bringing together the best of British plastics manufacturing and design. Visitors can now register online for free entry to the event at: www.pdmevent.com

Combining an exhibition with free conference sessions, PDM is the most comprehensive plastics event in the UK and is a must-attend event for anyone involved in the production of plastic products. PDM is a vibrant source of information, education and inspiration for plastics design and moulding professionals.

PDM11 is the perfect place for plastics and design professionals to network and learn. Visitors can meet representatives from every part of the UK plastics design and moulding community including suppliers of injection moulding machinery, rotational moulding machinery, blow moulding machinery and ancillary equipment as well as automation companies, mouldmakers, polymer producers, compounders, polymer distributors, masterbatch and additive suppliers, software companies, materials testing specialists, moulders, rapid prototyping companies, design companies and other industry services.

"Following on from the huge success of last year’s seminar, the British Plastics Federation’s Rotational Moulding Group is once again working with PDM to put on a similar session,” said Martin Spencer, Chairman of the BPF's Rotational Moulding Group. “The BPF is particularly excited that PDM is coming to ExCel in London and the opportunities that this seminar will bring to interface with the London design community.”

The PDM11 conference programme – running across both days of the show - tackles a host of in-depth topics based around the core subject of design for plastics manufacture. In addition to the BPF seminar, speakers already confirmed include Mike Matthews managing director of Nifco UK, who will speak on Injection Moulding Best Practice and Richard Brown, operations director of the Hi-Technology Group, who will cover Injection Moulding for Designers. Additional conference sessions are scheduled to address New Product Development and Advanced Injection Moulding. Full details of the PDM conference programme will be announced in February.

Among the many leading industry names already booked for the exhibition are: Agentdraw, Bayer Material Science, Engel, Distrupol, Plastribution, ICO Polymers and Ultra Polymers.
“The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and The Polymer Society are once again supporting PDM as a major event for all those involved in processing and applications of polymeric materials. In tough economic times such as these, keeping up with innovations in materials is essential to give businesses the edge,” said IOM3 Chief Executive, Dr Bernie Rickinson.

“The IED is taking part in PDM11 as the showcase event for plastics design in the UK,” said Libby Brodhurst, chief executive of the Institution of Design Engineers. “We are very pleased to continue our support of the event and look forward to engaging with the wider audience the new location and associated events will bring.”

Visit www.pdmevent.com for more information and for travel advice on getting to PDM11 at the ExCel Centre via car or public transport.

PDM11 is co-located at the ExCel Centre with a unique new event dedicated to industrial design: the Product Design + Innovation conference (www.pdesigni.com). Featuring expert speakers from brand owners and leading design consultancies, the two-day Product Design + Innovation conference will set the innovation agenda and explore opportunities for growth through themes such as sustainability and open innovation. It will look at how to communicate the value of design to business and government as well as how best to protect and maximise value from intellectual property. Covering every aspect of the business of design, the conference will also consider client relationships, examine brand owners' strategies and explore how innovation generates growth. The programme will feature product design in consumer, medical, telecoms, automotive and aerospace applications.

The Plastics Design & Moulding Exhibition (PDM) has been running since 2005. It is part of the Plastics News Global Group owned by Crain Communications Inc., which also includes leading plastics publications Plastics & Rubber Weekly, European Plastics News and Plastics News. www.pdmevent.com

PDM11 is supported by The British Plastics Federation (BPF); the Gauge & Toolmakers Association (GTMA); the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3)/The Polymer Society; the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) and Plastics & Rubber Weekly (PRW).

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