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. Bioresins.eu 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.