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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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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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Plastics Recycling at PDM Event: UK Opportunities and Challenges in Plastics Recycling

The Plastics Recycling exhibition and conference taking place at the Telford International Centre on 14 and 15 June 2016, offers a unique opportunity to survey the opportunities and challenges for plastics recycling in the UK. As in previous years Plastics Recycling forms part of the larger PDM Event, which covers all aspects of plastics design and moulding. You can now register for free entry at www.pdmevent.com

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BMW Mini air vents, which use Axion Polymer’s Axpoly recycled polymer derived from automotive feedstocks. Axion Polymers will be exhibiting on stand D020 at Plastics Recycling, part of PDM Event.

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.

Register now for free exhibition and conference entry for Plastics Recycling and the PDM Event on www.pdmevent.com

 

 

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New Opportunities for Plastic Moulding

This year’s PDM Event will feature a free-to-attend conference covering injection moulding, rotational moulding, energy efficient equipment and 3D mould tool design. Moulders can also find out about new opportunities created by alternative materials and effect pigments and a technological solution for optimising the injection moulding process called PREVIEW. Meanwhile a Quick Mould Change competition on the show floor will see teams of moulders compete against each other for the fastest time.

Tuesday June 14th

Injection moulding will be covered in depth on Day One. Martin Neff, Team Manager Technology Consulting – Plastics Freeforming will give Arburg’s perspective on freeformer additive manufacturing versus conventional additive manufacturing and Murdoch Crawford, Category Director, Plastipak will provide an overview of SprayPET technology developments. Moulding experts from British Plastics Federation (BPF), Engel, Helix Polymer Technology Ltd, Stratasys, Arburg and Amtek Plastics will all participate in a panel discussion on recent innovations, and an industry attorney will advise on patenting strategies in injection moulding, explaining how costs and risks should be evaluated.

Rotomoulding will then become the focus, with a session on alternative materials presented by Matrix Polymers, and advice on preventing “creep” – a cause of plastic product failure – presented by Dr Nick Henwood, Rotational Moulding Expert, Rotomotive.

Other key sessions on Day One include a session on Industry 4.0 (an industrial revolution in automation, data exchange and market trends), and an overview of energy efficient equipment, which promises to show delegates the real savings that can be achieved by updating or replacing existing machinery.

Wednesday June 15th

Day Two opens with a number of new perspectives on design including a presentation from Les Stokes at LA Design on showing what can be achieved when design is used as a tool for integrating different moulding processes. Delegates can also find out about new design opportunities for rotational moulding with effect pigments.

Technological developments covered in the conference include 3D CAD software for the automation of routine operations and PREVIEW – a predictive system to recommend injection mould set up with process optimisation in wireless sensor networks. The session on PREVIEW will be presented by Dr Paul Shipton, Consultancy Director, Smithers Rapra.

Register now for free entry on www.pdmevent.com

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Design sessions at free PDM Event conference

Day 2 (15th June 2016) of the free-to-attend PDM Event conference offers some great sessions on design.

10.15 Beyond the shelf – Linking designing with social media and marketing.
Speaker: Andy Ditchburn, Creative Director, Perro Design and Communications

How to create unique strategy, brand and implementation process, to maximise effectiveness and return on investment when delivering marketing campaigns.
Success stories from client projects
Explore how social media can be successfully integrated into campaigns, as well as predicting future design and marketing trends.

10.45 New design opportunities with effect pigments
Speaker: Gordon Price, Technical Service Manager, Merck

Effect pigment preparations for Rotational Moulding. Allows new colour design opportunities in Rotomoulding
WAY Technology in Effect pigments – Weathering and Anti-yellowing effect pigments for plastics

11.15 Design as a tool for integrating different processes
Speaker: Les Stokes, Director, LA Design

The plastics industry tends to be focused on specific processes
Industrial Designers are focussed on creating great user experiences
What happens when the two come together?

View the full programme here http://www.pdmevent.com/pdm2016/pdm-conference

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PDM Event to Showcase Leading Lights of 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. 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 http://www.pdmevent.com

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 http://www.pdmevent.com

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One Step Beyond: Crain Crew Rise to PDM Show walking challenge in aid of Memusi Foundation

Inspired by the Madness track One Step Beyond, the event management team of the Plastics Design and Moulding event (PDM), which took place at the Telford International Centre on 16 and 17 June, completed a fundraising walking challenge at the show in aid of African educational charity the Memusi Foundation.

Members of the Crain Communications team used a phone app to work out how far they walked during the recent Plastics Design & Moulding (PDM) exhibition and conference. The team total was 250km over two days.

Members of the Crain Communications team used a phone app to work out how far they walked during the recent Plastics Design & Moulding (PDM) exhibition and conference. The team total was 250km over two days.

Every member of the team installed a pedometer app on their mobile phones to record how far they walked during the two days of the PDM exhibition and conference. Organiser Crain Communications pledged to match the total distance walked by the team with a donation of one pound per km to the Memusi Foundation, with the total raised reaching £250 for a 250km total.

Event director Steve Crowhurst says: “The Memusi Foundation does great work enabling the sustainable development of schools at a local level in Sub-Saharan Africa. I am proud Crain Communications and the PDM event team have been able to mark the successful 10th anniversary of the event by supporting the foundation in this way. For us it was definitely One Step Beyond at PDM this year.”

“To say I am overwhelmed at the support Steve and the Crain team have given is an understatement,” says Angela Perkins, Trustee of Memusi Foundation. “I am heading out to Kenya later this month and have been fundraising to run a mobile medical camp during my visit.”

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“The last time that the Memusi Foundation ran the camp, which provides health checks, medicine, eye tests and dental care, we heard of families travelling some 140km to attend the facility, so the One Step Beyond initiative and the distance that the team walked really makes you stop and think. I cannot thank them enough and look forward to sharing the story with the community in Magadi.”

The Memusi Foundation works in Sub-Saharan Africa, supporting communities who are trying to make a difference for themselves. All of its schools have been established locally, by people who believe in making a difference. With each of these schools, the Foundation works to help promote and guide the excellent work that has been started. www.memusifoundation.org.uk

Over 160 companies and organisations showcased the best of UK plastics manufacturing when the Plastics Design & Moulding exhibition and co-located Plastics Recycling Expo returned to the Telford International Centre on 16 and 17 June. The event returns to Telford in 14 and 15 June 2016. www.pdmevent.com

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