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Four Hours of Free Hands-on Plastic Moulding Training at PDM 2018

At PDM 2018, the Plastics Design & Moulding exhibition and conference at The Telford International Centre, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag will run a series of live four half-hour injection moulding workshops over two days on Stand C026. Aimed at process technicians and engineers attending the exhibition on 19th and 20th June, anyone taking part in the PDM Training Courses can then register for a 10% discount on any training programme booked before 1st September at the Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Training Academy. Early registration for the free PDM workshops is advisable.

For the practical demonstrations, Academy trainers and process engineers James Hines and Darren Vater-Hutchison will use one of the company’s newest all-electric 50 tonne IntElect, guiding delegates through key topics to enhance precision, cycle times and component quality. “We are keen for people to put theory into practice using one of our flagship machines,” emphasises James.

The four half-hour courses, which will run consecutively on both days starting at 10.30, 12.00, 13.30, 15.00 offer a combination of practical and theory-based learning to enhance understanding or provide a refresh on:

  • How best to calculate clamp force
  • Achieving cavity balance and shot-to-shot consistency, providing comparisons when award-winning activeFlowBalance software is applied
  • How to calculate cooling time, with the opportunity to test out thermal imaging technology from Micro Epsilon
  • How to achieve greater repeatable process consistency on high precision parts with activeLock, with active closing of the non-return valve reducing the risk of rejects and waste

“There is a serious skills shortage in the UK injection moulding industry and the easiest way to address it is to upskill our existing moulders to work with the latest equipment and techniques,” comments Nigel Flowers, managing director of Sumitomo (SHI) Demag UK. “We encourage process technicians and engineers visiting PDM to take advantage of this opportunity.”

SDUK are currently in discussions with Northampton College to deliver Level II Apprenticeship in Polymer Operations. To discuss this or how the Apprenticeship levy can help your business in more detail please visit the stand.

PDM 2018 visitors will get a free taste of the workshops available at the SDUK Academy, plus 10% discount on any training course booked before 1st September.

Anyone taking part in the live training sessions will become eligible for a 10% discount on any training programme at the SDUK Training Academy in Daventry. Comprising a structured and progressive entry level to advanced engineer development programme, delegates and their employers have reported tangible productivity improvements and an increased sense of ownership and enthusiasm for their jobs.

This year SDUK added to their Academy programme launching a new four-day Mould Validation (MVal) course aimed at process technicians, which significantly helps to improve machine OEE reports James. “By following a structured approach to mould validation, customers quickly report that they are able to halve the number of tool trials before transferring over to production.” The first MVal course is in April with another scheduled for 17th September 2018.

To reserve a place on one of SDUK’s free PDM workshops, please email

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 Polymer Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMMDA), the Gauge & Toolmakers Association (GTMA), the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) and the Scottish Plastics & Rubber Association.

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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.

Borche BS150 molding machie

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:

Companies interested in exhibiting at PDM 2018 should contact:

Matt Barber, Tel: 01622 370570, Email: or Darren Tindal, Tel: 01273 251277, Email:

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PDM Event to Showcase Leading Lights of Plastics Industry


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. Taking place at the Telford International Centre from 14 to 15 June 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. Register now for free entry on

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 on visiting, exhibiting or sponsorship visit

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Best of UK Plastics Manufacturing Showcased in Telford

Tomorrow over 150 companies and organisations will showcase the best of UK plastics manufacturing when the Plastics Design & Moulding exhibition returns to its spiritual home of Telford (aka plastics valley). Taking place at the Telford International Centre on 16 and 17 June, PDM will be co-located with the new Plastics Packaging Show and the second Plastics Recycling Expo.

PDM returns to Telford this week.

PDM returns to Telford this week.

Polymer distributors, contract moulders, recycling specialists and packaging producers will be exhibiting alongside prototyping and design firms at the three shows. With more exhibition stands and conference sessions than ever before, this year’s event is set to be the most exciting in PDM’s 10-year history.

Among PDM’s long-established exhibitor base are many reporting signs of a shift back to moulding in the UK. “The biggest change in the last 10 years has been the reduction in the number of moulders in the UK,” says Stuart Lovett, marketing manager of Rutland Plastics. “This has been the result of the recession and a large number of OEM’s choosing to have their parts manufactured in China. However that has now turned full circle with OEM’s now looking to source in the UK again.”

The UK’s role in Europe will be one of several topics discussed in the free conference sessions at PDM, with a keynote address entitled EU: In or Out? delivered by Terry Scuoler, chief executive of EEF (the manufacturers’ organisation). Training and apprenticeships will also be discussed in the light of the industry skills shortage.

Meanwhile in the PRE conference, the future of plastics recycling will be top of the agenda. With the downturn in oil prices lowering the cost of virgin material, plastics recyclers are operating in very challenging market conditions. Delegates can attend sessions on how markets can be developed for recycled plastics and find out about the Plastics Industry Recycling Action Plan which is due to be launched on the opening day of PRE. Speakers include sustainability experts working for major retail names including IKEA, Unilever and Marks & Spencer.

Designing for the circular economy will be a key theme in the PPS Conference. Speakers will cover sustainability, packaging trends and the competing demands of aesthetics and functionality in packaging design.

Event director Steve Crowhurst says: “PDM is a true showcase of the innovation, investment, talent and hard work that is winning UK firms business in the international marketplace. 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 details and to preregister for free entry visit:

The first 1,000 pre-registered visitors who attend PDM, PRE or PPS on each day will be entered into a prize draw sponsored by Lawson Keys Recruitment for the chance to win a full size plastic replica bike kit produced by MHP Industries Ltd.

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Gabriel Chemie Interview with Managing Director Philip Watkins

Gabriel Chemie Interview with Managing Director Philip Watkins

Do you remember the first PDM?
Yes I clearly remember the first PDM. We had been working on a joint project with Tom Dixon OBE (who was Creative Director at Habitat at the time) to create unique lampshade designs from injection moulded parts. Tom designed a ‘snap’ tool and we had an injection moulding machine on the stand, moulding the parts live. Visitors could create their own lampshade designs which we hung up on the stand as they were completed.

Why did you decide to support it?
We knew that PDM’s USP was to bring together the design and moulding communities. The design community is very important to us at Gabriel-Chemie. PDM gave us a platform to showcase the unique possibilities of design in plastics, highlighting the importance of colour in design.

How has the industry changed since PDM first launched in 2005?
The most obvious change is that there are fewer moulders here in the UK. The production of commodity products, where just-in-time and lean production philosophies are less relevant, has largely moved to Eastern Europe and the Far East.

How has your business changed in that time?
We work a lot smarter, we work more closely with our customers than we ever did before, adding value to their supply chains.
Over the past few years we have expanded our portfolio and added many new products. The introduction of new regulations such as REACH and the desire to reduce our impact on the environment has shaped our product development. For example halogen-free flame retardants and PLA masterbatches.
We have had an environmental management system in place since 2005 and recently achieved ISO14001.

What key challenges does the plastics design and moulding community face in the months and years ahead in your opinion?
I believe that the issue of skills and training has emerged as one of the most important challenges facing the plastics industry. We have a whole generation coming up who have been under-provided for in terms of training – and a recent BPF survey showed that nearly half of our members have difficulty recruiting technical staff as a result. The industry has now recognised that our growth and competitiveness are fundamentally bound together with the quality of our workforce and the BPF has recently established a new education and skills committee to address the skills shortage issue.

How does PDM support your business?
PDM provides a showcase for what Gabriel Chemie has to offer. It brings together both sides of our business; we work with designers – and moulders are our customers.

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PDM Expands into Recycling and Packaging Sectors

Following the success of last month’s Plastics Design & Moulding (PDM) Exhibition and Conference which was co-located in Telford with the inaugural Plastics Recycling Expo (PRE), organisers have announced that they will be launching a third show at next year’s event. The Plastics Packaging Show will be co-located with both PDM and the PRE at the Telford International Centre on 16 and 17 June 2015. Combined the industry events will attract visitors from across the UK and Europe and bring in over £1.2 million to the local economy, according to Meet Telford & Shropshire, the region’s official convention bureau.

The debut of Europe’s first and only exhibition and conference dedicated to plastics recycling at PDM this year expanded the reach of the long-established plastics design and moulding event. It also helped to dispel many myths about plastic and the environment and build the case for the role of recycled plastics in a circular economy. Ton Emans, President of launch-partners Plastics Recyclers Europe said: “We have demonstrated that our growing industry is ready to take the challenge ahead of us and produce more sustainable plastics.”

PDM and PRE have now become truly international events with visitors from across East and West Europe, Japan, Mexico, USA, UAE, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Iraq and others. Katherine Kynaston, Business & Development Planning Manager at Telford & Wrekin Council said: “As PDM continues to grow at a steady pace to include Plastics Recycling Expo and Plastics Packaging Show, we see the event as key to helping local business identify supply chain opportunities and trade links as well as to highlight Telford’s competitive investment offer to the range of industry experts that attend the show year on year. From supporting PDM our town has welcomed international visitors and investors from across the world.”

Among the delegates who visited stands in both events was Simon Colbeck, General Merchandise Head of Innovation and Quality, Marks and Spencer. He said: “I thought the central theme of sustainability worked really well. I was particularly impressed with the new materials innovation we saw, and great to see how the commercialisation of 3D printing has developed with the likes of Renshaw. I have collected lots of information and have plenty of companies to follow up with when I get back.”

The Plastics Consultancy Network (PCN) provided 19 consultants forits“Ask the Consultant” stand in PDM again this year and collectively advised over 50 visitors – twice the number assisted at PDM in 2013. PCN Chairman Dr Peter Cox observed:“There was a good crossover of visitors from the Plastics Recycling Expo.”

Graham Whatley of Gekko Design Studio was among the designers who attended both events and was particularly interested in next year’s plans for a Plastics Packaging Show. He said: “Physical research is so important. I’m all for events that release interesting materials in a physical form.”

Meanwhile exhibitors commented on the quality of visitors and business leads. Stuart Lovett, Marketing Manager Rutland Plastics, exhibiting in PDM reported: “We had a couple of interesting enquiries including one visitor who first discovered us at PDM 13 and came back specifically to meet us at the show again this year to discuss a new project.”

Stephanie Burns, Business Development manager at Aurora Manufacturing, who exhibited at PRE said: “We’ve had a very positive exhibition experience and have been particularly impressed by the variety of visitors to the stand. The advent of a show dedicated solely to plastics recycling has worked well for us and we look forward to next year’s event.”

Stefan Cherry, Commercial Manager at Cherry Plastics, added: “We warmly welcome this purely plastics recycling exhibition, which has been very sales-orientated and a huge success for us.”   

Barry Gardiner MP Speaking at PRE in Telford

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Energy and Cost Savings Top of the Agenda as PDM Returns to Plastics Valley

Showcasing the latest in energy-saving machines, polymer developments and 3D printing technology, the Plastics Design and Moulding Exhibition (PDM) makes a welcome return to the newly refurbished Telford International Centre next week (18 and 19 June), generating in excess of £1.2m for the local economy.

Entry to the exhibition is entirely free and gives visitors access to over 125 exhibiting companies and organisations offering creative and cost-effective design and moulding solutions. PDM 13 will also host a wide selection of paid-for and free seminars, workshops and training opportunities and a quality conference programme, headlined by Denis Turner, formerly chief economist for HSBC.

Major plastics moulding and automation manufacturers launching new technology at PDM include Premier Moulding Machinery who will be introducing the new Haitian Mars II series of energy- efficient moulding machines. Negri Bossi will be exhibiting an ELEOS 80 machine, the electric version of the EOS ultra compact range, and Plastic Machinery UK will be demonstrating a 120-tonne energy-saving Borche machine. Meanwhile Kistler Instruments will be showing the latest versions of its range of injection moulding instrumentation for “Zero Reject” quality control.

Innovation features across the many polymer and masterbatch supplier stands. for example will be educating visitors on PHA and Keratin fibre bio-resins, ideal for injection moulding into caps, closures or containers such as pails, jars or plant pots. PHA is a bio-resin made from bacterial fermentation of sugar or starch which makes it almost 100% sustainable. Keratin fibres are sourced from poultry feathers (a waste product going to landfill). Both materials are food contact approved and certified.

Visitors to the Gabriel-Chemie stand will be able to see demonstrations of the latest anti-counterfeiting masterbatch MAXITHEN® ProTec4 technology. Plastic products, parts and packaging manufactured with MAXITHEN® ProTec4 have a unique fingerprint that can be quickly, easily and accurately detected using either small handheld device or an inline detector in a production environment.

Invest in Telford will be exhibiting a working 3D printing machine, kindly loaned by the University of Wolverhampton. Capable of printing a range of prototypes from chess pieces to Prada heels, this is an example of the kind of technology that has earned the region an international reputation for polymer research and education.

The Plastics Consultancy Network (PCN) will be celebrating its 25th anniversary when it returns to PDM this year with its free “Ask the Consultant” service. The PCN is a specialist group of independent plastics experts committed to helping clients find effective solutions quickly, creatively and at minimal cost. Meanwhile processors seeking advice on moulding issues, how to make cost savings and how to improve quality should visit the Successful Moulding stand where

Aquapurge, G&A Moulding, Plastribution and Summit Systems will be working as a team.

Having attended for many years as a visitor, family-run injection moudler Pentagon Plastics is among the many companies exhibiting at PDM for the first time. Managing director Paul Edwards said: “We are proud of what we do and enjoy sharing our enthusiasm and passion for plastics with others. UK manufacturing is an exciting place to be yet full of challenges on a daily basis. At Pentagon we are looking to encourage youth into the plastics industry as well as building up brand awareness so hope PDM will help us in both regards.”

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 impressive exhibitor list for PDM 13 includes Telford-based Ipolytech, Polymer Training and Innovation Centre, Proto Labs, Sprint Tool & Die, Telford College of Arts & Technology and event partners, Invest in Telford. Global names have been attracted too, including Engel, Krauss Maffei, Sumitomo Demag, Kuka Robotics, Distrupol, Ultra Polymers and Luxus. Such was the demand for stands, organisers had to expand the exhibition three times.

“Telford & Wrekin Council has worked hard to support PDM 13, helping to bring home an important event for the industry which showcases the opportunities and expertise on offer across the borough.  It is just one of the ways that the Council is supporting and winning business as part of its Invest in Telford campaign,” says Telford & Wrekin Councillor, Bill McClements, cabinet member for Finance and Enterprise.

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