PDM Event Moves to Manchester for 2017

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

After another successful event held in Telford on 14 and 15 June 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 organisers 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.

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“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 per cent 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.”

DHR_8515Confirming 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 moulding 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 moulding 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, moulding, 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.

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Best Places to Work in the UK Plastics Industry Announced at PDM Event

Best Places to Work in the UK Plastics Industry
Announced at PDM Event

15 June 2016 – Organisers of the Plastics Design & Moulding Event (PDM Event) taking place at the Telford International Centre today have announced The Best Places to Work in the UK Plastics Industry in a scheme run by PRW magazine.

Plastribution, the Ashby-de-la-Zouch-based materials distributor, has been named as the overall winner in PRW’s inaugural Best Places to Work in the UK Plastics Industry programme.

Four other winning companies were named as Knutsford-based compounder and distributor Albis UK; Cannock-based toolmaking and processing group Goodfish; Plastic Card Services, a plastic card manufacturer based in Macclesfield, and Tamworth-based ancillaries supplier Summit Systems.

The process which arrived at the winning firms was managed for PRW by Best Companies Group (BCG), a US-based independent workplace research group which specialises in identifying and recognising highly regarded employers in the UK and North America.

Eligible companies had to have at least 15 employees working in the UK and derive at least 50% of their business from plastic-related activities, including injection moulding, extrusion, blow moulding, thermoforming or rotational moulding; plastics recycling, compounding or distribution; mould making, and other equipment supply services.

Firms registered for free to take part in the programme, filling out an employer questionnaire which accounted for 25% of a company’s overall evaluation.

Staff at registering companies then filled out an employee engagement and satisfaction survey, designed to evaluate their workplace experience and organisational structure.

The two sets of combined data were then used by BCG analysts to determine the strengths and opportunities in each company.

Speaking about the awards, BCG’s Andrew O’Kelly said that the survey found that “an incredible 86%” of staff working for the winning firms could be deemed ‘engaged employees’, versus an average score of 35%.

“Your workers believe in your company’s mission, they believe that their work really matters and, most importantly, they believe that they are being treated fairly and with respect. That is a pretty amazing accomplishment,” he said.

PRW editor Hamish Champ said: “We would like to congratulate the five winning firms, all of whom can take a great deal of satisfaction from knowing that their staff, who filled in the questionnaires anonymously, clearly derive a great deal of satisfaction from both their job and their working environment.

“We were also delighted to have worked with Best Companies Group to assess which firms in the UK plastics industry are deemed to be the best ones to work for.”

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Crain Communications
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Email: ynartey@crain.com

Website: www.pdmevent.com
Twitter: @PDM_Event
Linked In Group: http://linkd.in/1wShiMM

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.

 

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70 Most Influential People in The UK Plastics Industry Unveiled at PDM Event

70 Most Influential People in The UK Plastics Industry Unveiled at PDM Event

Nine Women Break Through “Plastic Ceiling”

The 70 Most Influential People in the UK Plastics Industry were unveiled today at the Plastics Design & Moulding Event (PDM Event) taking place at the Telford International Centre today and tomorrow (14-15th June).

The list of 70 top influencers includes representatives from across the plastics industry from machinery and materials sectors and distribution through to processing, with many of those named on the list actually present at the event. It also includes high-profile national figures such as the Prime Minister, David Cameron; George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England.

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Of the 70, nine women have broken through the “plastic ceiling” including Jane Bickerstaffe, director of packaging industry organisation of Incpen, Julia Moore, the long-serving chief executive of the Gauge and Toolmakers Association (GTMA), Karen Drinkwater, director of JSC Rotational Moulding and Professor Marianne Gilbert, of the PVC Centre, Loughborough University.

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Jane Bickerstaffe, Julia Moore and Karen Drinkwater

Buyers for the large companies who use plastic in their products figure prominently including representatives of Britain’s biggest automotive manufacturers Jaguar Land Rover, Ford Europe, General Motors, Honda UK, Nissan Europe and Toyota UK. Prominent product designer and entrepreneur James Dyson also makes the list.

Packaging experts from some of Britain’s biggest retailers feature including Paul Earnshaw, packaging management director at Tesco; Kevin Vyse, packaging technologist and innovation lead at Marks & Spencer and Jane Skelton, head of packaging at Sainsbury’s.

Among the many advocates of the plastics industry in the UK perhaps the most prominent is Philip Law, director-general of the British Plastics Federation. As awareness grows of the impact of plastics in the marine environment, Samantha Fanshawe, chief executive of the Marine Conservation Society is also included.

The list was drawn up using the results of a readers’ poll in PRW, trade magazine for the UK polymer industry, and the findings of a specially-convened panel of PRW staff and long-standing industry figures. It comprises individuals of UK citizenship or working in the UK and has been ordered alphabetically, not by degree of influence.

For the full list visit http://www.prw.com/article/20160614/PRW/160619939/prw-unveils-its-most-influential-people-in-the-uk-plastics-industry

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Media Contact and Photos:
Doug Bentall or Anna Dunbar
Iona Communications
Tel: 01892 512481
Email: anna@ionacommunications.com or doug@ionacommunications.com

For more information:
Yvonne Nartey
Crain Communications
Tel: 020 8253 9602
Email: ynartey@crain.com

Website: http://www.pdmevent.com
Twitter: @PDM_Event
Linked In Group: http://linkd.in/1wShiMM

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.

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Showcase of Dynamic Plastics Industry – PDM Event Opens 14 June

Trailblazers in plastics innovation, manufacturing, and recycling will convene in Telford next week for the annual Plastics Design & Moulding Event (PDM Event). A true showcase of the UK’s dynamic plastics sector, the free-to-attend PDM Event will take place at the Telford International Centre from 14 to 15 June 2016.

Around the exhibition new energy-efficient machinery will be unveiled, ground-breaking technology such as 3D-printing will be demonstrated and leading retailers will discuss advances in plastics recycling. The results of two new industry surveys – Best Places to Work in UK Plastics and Most Influential People in the UK Plastics Industry – will be announced, and the skill and professionalism of UK plastics’ moulders will be proudly on display, as technicians compete in the Quick Mould Change Competition.

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Meanwhile in the free conference sessions, expert speakers will discuss a wide range of issues facing the sector from Industry 4.0 (smart factories), patents and social media, to carrier bags, the Courtauld Commitment 2025 and plastic trends in automotive engineering. Talented designers will be lining up at the free Plastics Surgery with their plastics conundrums, and experts from the Plastics Consultancy Network will offer solutions.

Home to over 100 polymer-related companies, Telford has a world-class reputation as a centre of the plastics industry. Local companies exhibiting at the PDM Event include Proto Labs, Sprint Tool and Die and Stäubli. Visitors can also find out about the courses and training available from the Polymer Training & Innovation Centre in Telford, and talk to RAPRA (Rubber and Plastics Research Association) a non-profit membership association based at the University of Wolverhampton.

“PDM Event will showcase the sort of innovation, talent and hard work that is winning UK firms business in the international marketplace,” says Event Director, Steve Crowhurst.

PDM Event Highlights:

  • Tesco’s Head of Consumables and Waste & Recycling Procurement will reveal how the retailer has closed the plastic recycling loop by offering single-use carry bags made from its own plastic waste
  • Recycling charity Recoup will conduct an EU Brexit poll on their stand – votes will be cast on empty plastics drinks bottles
  • 3D printing technology will be demonstrated by SYS Systems
  • Elasto will present “plastic from plants” – its Dryflex Green range of bio-based TPE compounds
  • Axion Recycling will showcase its range of Axpoly recycled engineering polymers, recovered from automotive feedstocks
  • Award-winning product designs will be showcased. These include a plastic medical device expected to sell throughout the world, and described “as useful on the battlefield as it is in a Harley Street medical centre”, and a high-tech waterproof glove which will be displayed on a robotic hand.
  • Boy, Borche (supplied by Plastics Machinery Sales), Engel and Romi are the among the exhibitors who will have working machinery on their stands
  • There will be many UK debuts at PDM Event including the new Golden Electric machine on the Arburg stand, the TruMark Station 3000 for laser marking on the TRUMPF stand, a new hopper loader on the Renmar stand and the Magna T Servo injection moulding machine on the Milacron Ferromatik stand.

The PDM Event exhibition and conferences – including the Plastics Recycling conference – are free to attend. Register now at: www.pdmevent.com

 

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Got a plastics problem? Bring it to the surgery!

The Plastics Consultancy Network (PCN) will again be attending the PDM Event as part of the “Ask the Consultant” plastics surgery service to all PDM Event visitors on stand E007.

“Ask the Consultant” provides all visitors to PDM Event with free access to the knowledge of PCN experts. The industry often forgets that many designers and users know that they want to use plastics but really don’t know where to start.

“Ask the Consultant” provides quick access to leading consultants for free no obligation information.

Here are some examples of problems brought to the surgery in past years:

Case 1:

A visitor had a viable plan to market a plastic pallet for the food industry. The Plastics Surgery was able to recommend a material (polypropylene) and provide an indicative cost for the injection mould (+/- £100,000) and the likely production costs for the product based on estimated material content. Design ideas to reduce complexity and make moulding easier were also discussed with the visitor and potential suppliers recommended for both tooling and production. The visitor was then able to update their business plan with a better knowledge of the fixed and variable costs.

Case 2:

A visitor was interested in entering the medical products market with an innovative device and surveying the possibilities. The Plastics Surgery was able to outline the quality requirements of the market, the time-scales for achieving approval and the potential materials for production. The visitor then decided to use sub-contractors rather than try to set up internal moulding capability.

Case 3:

A visitor was interested in producing a part by extrusion and needed assistance with the design. The length of the part and the market volumes meant that extrusion was not actually the best process and injection moulding was recommended. The change of process meant that the visitor could also modify the design to include more features for the end user and increase the value of the product to the market.

Case 4:

A visitor was having moulding problems with an over-moulded product (material compatibility) the Plastics Surgery was able to identify the issues with over moulding and the materials and recommend a more suitable grade of material for the base component.

Case 5:

A visitor was interested in reducing energy costs and wanted ideas of the best place to start. After a short discussion, the Plastics Surgery provided advice on the most profitable areas for investment and the likely pay-back for the investments.

Case 6:

A visitor to the Plastics Surgery was looking to recycle ink jet cartridges but did not know where to start. The Plastics Surgery gave guidance on contacts for recycling and the potential issues in recycling of cartridges.

Case 7:

A visitor to the Plastics Surgery had developed an innovative joining method for flat pack assembly of wood or other materials which involving a clip moulded from Acetal which could rigidly hold the two pieces together. The joint should withstand up to 100 times of joining and parting. There were looking for 2 things a) a more cost effective material and b) a best way to obtain a fire resistant product. The Plastics Surgery provided advice on suitable materials and the properties needed.

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Sprint Tool and Die Grows up with PDM Event

Sprint Tool and Die, Telford’s precision toolmakers, has proudly supported PDM since its inception and has seen significant growth following exposure at PDM.

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The company, which is based in Telford, Shropshire, was set up in 1989 by enterprising founder Ian Amos, who aspired to create a business catering to the niche market he identified – to produce high quality affordable plastic injection mould tools delivered on time. The result was Sprint Tool and Die, which has gone from strength to strength, being awarded Toolmaker of the Year 2013 and 2014 at the Plastics Industry Awards.

For high-end moulding companies requiring British tooling, Sprint Tool and Die provides an excellent turnkey service producing intricate tools, prototyping & pre-hardened tools, insert mould tools, overmoulded tools, twin shot tooling and unscrewing tools. Facilities are also available for tool trials (for verification purposes), and online project management can also be offered if required; a system which enables customers to track the progress of their projects.

“Here at Sprint Tool and Die we manufacture and service tools for all types of industries, including caps and closures, medical and automotive industries”, explains Ian. “We develop everything in-house and are particularly proud of the quality of our tools, which are also reasonably priced. It’s this level of excellency – alongside our determination to provide great customer service – which really sets us apart from our competitors.”

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The well-established toolmaking company is now one of the UK’s most respected. As well as having national coverage, it is ISO 9001 accredited, holds membership under the UKTA and has been awarded World Class Toolmaker status by the GTMA. In addition, the team have also scooped a number of coveted industry-specific awards, such as the Plastic Industry Awards Supplier Partnership Toolmaker of the Year 2013, which was presented for its close working relationship with a leading UK OEM, a liaison overseeing the development of a concept designed to drastically reduced wastage and speed up cycle times. A year later they were selected as the winner again for their project devised to combat the problem of delicate components becoming damaged.

“Our award-winning status has enabled us to enjoy an international reputation in the industry,” says Ian. “Serving customers all over the UK and globally meant it was necessary for us to upsize, hence our recent relocation to a bigger property in Telford, adjacent to the motorway.

 

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“Our involvement with the PDM exhibition has gone hand in hand with our expansion within Telford. We will again be exhibiting at PDM 2016. Our design staff will be available to discuss potential projects with new visitors and look forward to the opportunity to showcase some of our expertise as Telford’s precision toolmakers supplying high quality British tooling.”

You can visit Sprint Tool and Die on stand A012 at PDM Event this year.

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Plastics Moulders Vie for Glory in Quick Mould Change Competition at PDM Event

Plastics moulders from across the country are set to compete for honours at the Quick Mould Change Competition taking place at this year’s PDM Event at the Telford International Centre on 14 and 15 June 2016. Teams will have 60 minutes to change a mould correctly, safely and as quickly as possible on an Engel machine. Judges from plastic moulding training and technology consultancy RJG Technologies will oversee the competition.

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Plastics moulding companies are invited to enter a team of two technicians for the competition. Entrants will compete to be the fastest to complete the tool change under the judges’ scrutiny to ensure safe working methods. The final installation will be inspected to ensure correct installation including mould operation, set up of water pipes, clamp positioning and torque settings. Judges will also check that the tool is demounted correctly and the work area left tidy.

The two winners of the challenge will receive a trophy to take back to their company and a £200 Amazon voucher each.

“Fast tool change in production can increase both injection mould availability and safety levels during mould changeover,” says Richard Brown, managing director of competition sponsor RJG Technologies. “The Quick Mould Change Competition at the PDM Event 2016 is a great opportunity for mould technicians to prove their skills against the clock to find the fastest and safest tool change team within the industry. Anthony Goff of RJG Technologies will be using his vast experience to evaluate technique and adherence to safe practices to find the eventual winner.”

“Engel UK is delighted to be supporting the PDM Quick Mould Competition by providing one of our machines for moulders to use at the show,” adds Graeme Herlihy, managing director, of competition sponsor Engel UK. “Our tie-bar-less design will certainly make it easier for competitors to carry out a mould change quickly, safely and accurately. It will also be an effective showcase for our flexible, cost effective and highly energy efficient machines.”

For more information on the competition and entry details visit: http://www.pdmevent.com/pdm2016/quick-mould-change

Register now for free entry to the PDM Event exhibition and conference at www.pdmevent.com

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