PDM Conference Programme Addresses Plastic’s Image

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 19 and 20th June 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.

The PDM Event exhibition and conference is free to attend. For more information on visiting or exhibiting visit: www.pdmevent.com

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Manufacturers to Launch Moulding Machines at PDM 2018

Injection moulding machinery makers are set to launch new machines at PDM 2018, the plastics design and moulding exhibition and conference that returns to the Telford International Centre on 19 and 20th June 2018. STV Machinery will be exhibiting a Yizumi A5 series 260 tonne machine for two component moulding and an FE series 60 tonne all electric machine at PDM 2018, their first UK exhibition, while Borche Machinery UK has also confirmed it will bring the latest BS150 machine to the show.

Injecton Moulding Machine from Yizumi

Yizumi FE Series 60 Tonne Injection Moulding Machine

Founded in 2002, Yizumi is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of injection moulding machines, with over 2,500 employees and operations in more than 60 countries. STV Machinery has been operating in the UK plastics industry for many years, progressively expanding its range of products and services to include machine refurbishment, ancillary equipment and since June 2017 Yizumi injection moulding machines. The Yizumi range comprises: A5 Series toggle lock servo injection moulding machine with 60 to 2,600 tonne clamp, DP Series two-platen direct lock machines with 800 to 3,200 tonne clamp and FE Series all-electric machines with 60-260 tonne clamp. Visitors can see the Yizumi machines on the STV Machinery Stand B20 at PDM 2018.

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Borche BS150 Injection Moulding Machine

 

Borche Machinery UK will also use its presence at PDM 2018 to demonstrate the highly successful Borche BS range of injection moulding machines, which are now well established in the UK market. Borche has quickly grown to be one of the largest injection moulding machine manufacturers in the world, producing over 10,000 machines per year. The BS Series of machines ranges from the BS60 to the BS1800 while the BU series of Intelligent Two Platen designed machines extends from 500 to 6800 tonne clamp force. Visitors can see the new Borche BS 150 injection moulding machines on Stand D018 at PDM 2018.

“I am delighted to welcome the global machinery brands of Yizumi and Borche to PDM 2018, broadening the choice available to UK injection moulders.” said Matt Barber, event director for the PDM Event. “As PDM returns to its traditional home of the Telford International Centre, the 2018 event is this year’s best opportunity to introduce new machines, innovations and technologies for the UK plastics design and moulding industry.”

Among the names that have recently confirmed their presence as exhibitors at PDM 2018 are Ampacet, Biesterfield, Caledonian Plastics, Connect 2 Cleanrooms, Distrupol, Faulkner Moulds, HASCO Internorm, Masterflow, Meusburger, RJG Technologies, Sprint Tool & Die Plastic, Recycling Van Werven, and Vanden Recycling. PDM 2018 is set to incorporate multiple elements of the plastics industry, with a focus on design, moulding, packaging and recycling. Exhibitors will include product design companies, moulding machinery suppliers, toolmakers, rapid prototyping specialists, moulders and mouldmakers, plastics recycling specialists, masterbatch specialists, software suppliers and materials testing specialists.

The free to attend PDM conference sponsored by Distrupol runs on both days of the event and will cover the latest in plastics design and manufacture including the image of plastics, the future of plastics including Brexit and sustainability, product design and materials innovation. Sessions will also cover process and rotomoulding.

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

The PDM Event exhibition and conference is free to attend, to register visit: www.pdmevent.com

Companies interested in exhibiting at PDM 2018 should contact:

Matt Barber, Tel: 01622 370570, Email: mabarber@crain.com or Darren Tindal, Tel: 01273 251277, Email: dtindal@crain.com

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Plastics Industry Awards Highlights Video

In case you missed it, or just want to remind yourself what a great night it was, here is the highlights video of the 2017 Plastics Industry Awards.

Plastics Awards 2017 Highlights Video from Matt Pennefather on Vimeo.

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Gripple, Plaxx and Eglu Cube Named Product Winners at Plastics Industry Awards

TV presenter Nick Knowles revealed the fifteen winners of the 2017 Plastics Industry Awards (PIAs) on Friday 27th October to a packed audience of industry professionals attending the masquerade ball-themed event at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

Award-winning product entries at the Oscar’s of the UK plastics industry were the Eglu Cube plastic chicken coop; the Gripple device for suspending mechanical and electrical services in buildings and Plaxx, an innovative plastic recycling technology.

Winner of the Consumer Product of the Year, supported by the British Industrial Design Association, was Omlet for its Eglu Cube chicken coop. Made from 10 separate parts, the Eglu Cube is blow moulded, which vastly improved speed of production and ensured the new model was ready in time for the new chicken season. Launched simultaneously in the US, Europe and Australia, it broke all sales records.

Industrial Product Design of the Year, sponsored by Distrupol, went to construction sector product, the Gripple from UniGrip. The Gripple is designed for suspending mechanical and electrical services and replaces two existing products. Its design reduces the number of components to simplify manufacturing and remove cost.

Best Recycled Plastic Product of the Year, sponsored by RECOUP, went to Plaxx the first hydrocarbon feedstock derived from residual waste plastic using a continuous process that can be based at a waste operators site. Chemical recycling achieves full decontamination and therefore unrestricted re-use.

Luca Frondella won Young Designer of the Year for the Motus Personal Air Cooler. He received a £1,000 prize donated by Motan Colortronic. Other winners of individual awards included Nigel Baker, managing director of BMB Plastics Machinery and committee member of the PMMDA who was given the Ambassador Award. Erwin Miller of Motan Colortronic won the Unsung Hero category, supported by the Society of Plastics Engineers.

Rosti Automotive, a multiple winner during the seventeen-year history of the awards, scooped a further two prizes this year. The company won the Best Environmental or Energy Efficiency Award (sponsored by Fanuc), while Apprentice of the Year went to Rosti’s Shannon Martin. She received a £1,000 prize given by Sumitomo (SHI) Demag.

The hotly contested and prestigious Processor of the Year Award (sponsored by Engel UK) went to Plastek UK, which recently invested £2 million in expansion and skills training and has achieved consistent turnover and volume growth. The company plans to grow further in Europe and was praised by the judges for its state-of-the-art work cells for manufacturing packaging and personal care product.

Matt Barber, sales and events director at Crain Communications, which organises the PIAs and publishes Plastics News Europe, said: “It is great to see how all our winners are driving the buoyant and innovative UK plastics industry forward. Congratulations to them all for making a real difference on an individual, industry-wide and environmental level.”

Sponsors of the Plastics Industry Awards 2017 include Engel UK (Processor of the Year); RJG Technologies (Best Training and Development Programme); Hasco (Supplier Partnership – Toolmaker); Distrupol (Industrial Product Design); Motan Colortronic (Young Designer of the Year); Sumitomo (SHI) Demag (Apprentice or Trainee of the Year); Fanuc (Best Environmental or Energy Efficiency Programme) and Meusburger (Best Business Initiative). The awards also enjoy the support of industry associations including the British Plastics Federation, British Industrial Design Association, RECOUP, GTMA and PMMDA.

For more information about the Plastics Industry Awards, visit: www.plasticsawards.com

Plastics Industry Awards 2017 Winners:

Consumer Product Design of the Year – Omlet for the Eglu Cube chicken coop

Industrial Product Design of the Year – Gripple fixing

Best Recycled Plastic Product of the Year – Plaxx by Recycling Technologies

Young Designer of the Year – Luca Frondella for the Motus Personal Air Cooler

Apprentice of the Year – Shannon Martin of Rosti Automotive Larkhall

Unsung Hero – Erwin Miller of Motan Colortronic

Processor of the Year – Plastek UK

Best Technology Application of the Year – CCP Gransden

Best Training & Development Programme of the Year – Advanced Plastics

Best Environmental or Energy Efficiency Programme of the Year – Rosti Automotive Larkhall

Best Business Initiative of the Year – Trend Technologies Mullingar

Supplier Partnership – Ancillary Machinery – Summit Systems with the Polymer Training Innovation Centre

Supplier Partnership – Materials – Matrix Plastics and their partnership with Biocote

Supplier Partnership – Prime Machinery – Engel UK and their partnership with CCP Grandsen

Supplier Partnership – Toolmaker – Adreco Plastics and their partnership with Mologic

Ambassador Award – Nigel Baker

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PDM Event Returns to Telford for 2018

Organisers of the long-established PDM Event have confirmed that the 2018 edition of the UK’s annual exhibition and conference covering all aspects of plastics design and manufacture will return to its traditional home at the Telford International Centre on 19 and 20th June 2018.

The show will incorporate multiple elements of the plastics industry, with a focus on design, moulding, packaging and recycling. Exhibitors will include product design companies, moulding machinery suppliers, toolmakers, rapid prototyping specialists, moulders and mouldmakers, plastics recycling specialists, masterbatch specialists, software suppliers and materials testing specialists.

The free to attend 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, plastics recycling and sustainability issues. Featuring speakers from different sectors of the UK plastics industry, the conference sessions will include examples of innovative approaches in design, new technology within moulding in both materials and machinery – as well as scientific discoveries in the field.

Supported by major industry trade associations, PDM Event is the place to meet a cross-section of the industry, from existing customers and contacts to brand new leads and business opportunities.

“We are delighted to confirm that PDM will return to its established home of the Telford International Centre in June 2018,”, said Matt Barber, Event Director at organiser Crain Communications. “Feedback from our exhibitors and visitors alike has encouraged us to return to the event’s core strengths as a plastics design, manufacturing and recycling event, including both an exhibition and free conference, as well as to return to our traditional and very popular venue of the Telford International Centre.”

Mark Lawson, Managing Director, of PDM exhibitor LawsonKeys said of the event: “We are looking forward to exhibiting again at PDM 2018. 80% of the business we secure is from customers we have invited to come to see us at PDM. It’s a must-attend event for us; it is a well-organised event and the logistics involved are easy.”

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

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 offers visitors and exhibitors a choice of bars, restaurants and post-event entertainment.

The PDM Event exhibition and conference is free to attend. For more information on visiting or exhibiting visit: www.pdmevent.com

Companies who are interested in speaking at the PDM Conference please email their topic, speaker name and brief summary to Donna Bushell at dbushell@crain.com

Companies who are interested in exhibiting at PDM 2018 should contact:

Matt Barber, Tel: 01622 370570, Email: mabarber@crain.com or Darren Tindal, Tel: 01273 251277, Email: dtindal@crain.com

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Plastics Industry Awards Announces 2017 Finalists

Nick Knowles to Host Masquerade Ball Themed Evening

The shortlist for the 2017 Plastics Industry Awards (PIAs) has been published. Winners will be announced by TV presenter Nick Knowles, best known for DIY SOS, at a glittering masquerade ball themed gala event on Friday 27th October at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

Nick Knowles to host Plastics Industry Awards 2017Now in their 17th year, the Plastics Industry Awards comprise 15 categories covering product design, materials usage, manufacturing, training and environmental performance. The PIAs highlight and recognise the best that the innovative UK plastics industry has to offer. This year’s black tie event is set to attract around 800 guests including supplier companies, OEM manufacturers, plastics processors, consultants, trainees and designers. The PIAs won a Silver Award at the 2017 Awards Awards in the category of Best Awards Event by a Publisher.

Shortlisted companies for Consumer Product of the Year are RPC Promens and Omlet. RPC Promens has achieved the distinction of having two different products shortlisted. Faulkner Moulds, Gripple and WaveGrip make up the shortlisted companies for Industrial Product of the Year. Finalists for the Best Recycled Plastic Product of the Year are Axion Polymers & 1env Solutions, Fishy Filaments, HAHN Plastics, Marmax Recycled Products and Recycling Technologies.

Three individuals have been shortlisted for Young Designer of the Year and six people have made it through as finalists for the Apprentice of the Year. Winners of each award are due to receive a £1,000 prize. A Personal Contribution to the Plastics Industry award will also be announced on the night.

Matt Barber, sales and events director at Crain Communications, which organises the PIAs and publishes Plastics News Europe, said: “I am very proud that the PIAs won a Silver Award at this year’s Awards Awards after our outstanding success in 2016. We are delighted to welcome all the finalists, their guests and representatives from across the UK plastics industry to our 2017 event, which is set to be our best ever.”

Table bookings for the gala dinner and awards ceremony are now available. Tickets include a champagne reception, four-course dinner, celebrity awards presentation and after-show entertainment.

Sponsors of the Plastics Industry Awards 2017 include Engel UK (Processor of the Year); RJG Technologies (Best Training and Development Programme); Hasco (Supplier Partnership – Toolmaker); Distrupol (Industrial Product Design); Motan Colortonic (Young Designer of the Year); Sumitomo (SHI) Demag (Apprentice or Trainee of the Year); Fanuc (Best Environmental or Energy Efficiency Programme) and Meusburger (Best Business Initiative). The awards also enjoy the support of industry associations including the British Plastics Federation, British Industrial Design Association, RECOUP, GTMA and PMMDA.

For more information about the Plastics Industry Awards and to book a table, visit: www.plasticsawards.com

Plastics Industry Awards 2017 Finalists:

Consumer Product Design of the Year
Omlet
RPC Promens (2 products)

Industrial Product Design of the Year
Faulkner Moulds
Gripple
WaveGrip

Best Recycled Plastic Product of the Year
Axion Polymers & 1env Solutions
Fishy Filaments
HAHN Plastics
Marmax Recycled Products
Recycling Technologies

Young Designer of the Year
Ellen Britton, Glasgow School of Art
Luca Frondella
Dom Tindale, Northumbria University

Apprentice of the Year
Nathan Kimberlin, Faulkner Moulds
Shannon Martin, Rosti Automotive Larkhall
Luke Peters, Plastek UK
Dominic Turner, Advanced Plastics
Jordan Wilkes, UCP Zeller
Adam Wolfe, Bespak

Unsung Hero
Derek Bennett, Plastek UK
Stuart Bogg, Rockson LubriTek
Dave Middleton, TH Plastics
Erwin Miller, Motan Colortronic 

Best Training & Development Programme of the Year
Advanced Plastics
Distrupol
Polymer Compounders
Sumitomo (SHI) Demag
Trend Technologies Mullingar

Best Technology Application of the Year
Aquapak Polymers
Axion Polymers
CCP Gransden
Polymer Compounders

Best Environmental or Energy Efficiency Programme of the Year
ICS Cool Energy
Matrix Plastics
Rosti Automotive Larkhall

Best Business Initiative of the Year
Coral Products (Mouldings)
Plastix A/S
RJG Technologies
Trend Technologies Mullingar

Processor of the Year
Advanced Plastics
Plastek UK
Rosti Automotive Larkhall
RPC Group
Trend Technologies Mullingar

Supplier Partnership – Ancillary Machinery
ICS Cool Energy (2 entries)
Piovan UK
Summit Systems
TH Plastics

Supplier Partnership – Materials
Distrupol
Matrix Plastics
PLASgran

Supplier Partnership – Prime Machinery
BMB Plastics Machinery
Engel UK
UK Extrusion

Supplier Partnership – Toolmaker
Adreco Plastics
Faulkner Moulds
Ryetools
Sprint Tool & Die

 

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It’s Time to Enter the Plastics Industry Awards 2017

Deadline for entries Friday 16th June

Entries have opened for this year’s Plastics Industry Awards (PIAs), which culminate in a glamorous black tie gala evening at the London Hilton on Park Lane on Friday 27 October. The deadline for award entries is 16 June 2017. Interested companies and individuals can submit entries at: www.plasticsawards.com

Now in their 17th year, the Plastics Industry Awards are organised and produced by Crain Communications and have been shortlisted in two categories in this year’s Awards Awards: Best Overall Awards Event over 500 attendees and Best Awards Event by a Publisher.

Companies and individuals including OEM manufacturers, suppliers, plastics processors, consultants, trainees and designers from across the plastics sector in the UK and Republic of Ireland are encouraged to enter in 15 different award categories.

Design awards include separate categories for the plastic consumer and industrial products of the year.

“Winning a PIA award is recognition from our peers and is, therefore, held in high esteem amongst the sectors and businesses we work,” said Matthew Conley, senior designer, HJC Design winners of Industrial Product Design of the Year in 2016. “The awards night is a great promotion for the business, which has led to several large commissions. The event itself is a wonderful night.”

Individual awards include Young Designer of the Year, Apprentice or Trainee of the Year and an Unsung Hero Award. The Young Designer of the Year will receive a £1,000 prize, donated by Motan Colortronic. The Apprentice or Trainee of the Year Award also carries a prize of £1,000 donated by the Polymer Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMMDA). For the Unsung Hero Award, organisations are invited to nominate a staff member who goes above and beyond the call of duty in their day-to-day work life.

“This award has helped to raise my profile both within the industry and in academic circles, helping me to build and develop my networks within the industry and inspire future students from my university,” said Lucy Hickling, product supervisor, at Plastribution and winner of Apprentice or Trainee of the Year 2016.

Environmental achievements are recognised in the best environmental or energy efficiency award and the best recycled plastic product category.

“The Plastics Industry Award has been great for raising the profile of our business with existing customers and target prospects,” said Mark Brazier, sales & marketing director of Counterplas Ltd, winner of Best Recycled Plastic Product in 2016. “It has also been a very positive experience for the whole Counterplas team.”

With teamwork so important in today’s plastic product manufacturing, there are also supplier partnership awards for prime and ancillary machinery, toolmakers and material suppliers. One of the most sought-after awards is the processor of the year trophy. Categories recognising industry innovation include best business initiative, best training and development programme and best technology application. In addition, judges will choose the winner of the prestigious personal contribution award.

Table bookings for the gala dinner and awards ceremony are now available. Tickets include a champagne reception, four-course dinner, celebrity awards presentation and after-show entertainment.

Sponsors of the Plastics Industry Awards 2017 include Engel UK (Processor of the Year); RJG Technologies (Best Training and Development Programme); Hasco (Supplier Partnership – Toolmaker); Distrupol (Industrial Product Design); Motan Colortonic (Young Designer of the Year); Sumitomo (SHI) Demag (Apprentice or Trainee of the Year); Fanuc (Best Environmental or Energy Efficiency Programme) and Meusburger (Best Business Initiative). The awards also enjoy the support of industry associations including the British Plastics Federation, British Industrial Design Association, RECOUP, GTMA and PMMDA.

For more information about the Plastics Industry Awards, visit: www.plasticsawards.com

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