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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. 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.

For more information on registering, conference programmes and travel visit www.pdmevent.com  Twitter: @PDM_Event

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3D Printing Innovation and Sustainable Plastics Highlight at PDM12

The latest in 3D printing technology and lightweight recycled polymers are among the innovations being showcased at the Plastics Design and Moulding Exhibition and Summit (PDM12) at the ExCel Centre in London for 29-30 May.

Tri-Tech3D will be demonstrating the magic of 3D printing performed by the latest Objet 3D printers including both the Objet30 desktop system and the unique multi-material 260Connex system. Visitors looking for plastics design inspiration can even pick up a highly detailed 3D-printed giveaway pen. Other 3D printing specialists exhibiting their latest products include Hewlett Packard, ZSolutions and Bits from Bytes.

From the world of materials innovation, technical plastics recycler Luxus is showcasing a new lightweight polymer made from up to 60% recycled content and with high scratch resistance. The new polymer enables automotive manufacturers to reduce vehicle weight to help meet toughening CO2 emission targets. The lightweight polymer has been developed to replace standard talc filled grades for car interior components and offers a weight reduction of 10-15% compared to typical 25% talc-filled material.

Visitors can meet representatives from every part of the UK plastics community including leading industry names from injection moulding machinery makers Engel, Sumitomo Demag and Billion. Among other premier exhibitors are polymer producers Bayer MaterialScience, polymer distributors Distrupol, Plastribution and Ultrapolymers and masterbatch and additive suppliers Gabriel-Chemie and Pantone. Rapid prototyping companies like Midas and Ogle have also returned for PDM12.

The free-to-attend PDM12 Summit tackles a host of in-depth topics focusing on the core subject of Best Practice in Plastics Design. It will include award-winning design and innovation case studies as well as expert views on emerging market trends and future challenges. Highlight of the first day is keynote speaker Dennis Turner, formerly chief economist for HSBC. He reviews the current state of manufacturing in the UK economy, our close relationship with the critical Eurozone and outlines what we need to do to get back to growth.

Edward Bainbridge director of Visible 24/7 will give delegates an insight into the new possibilities offered by glow in the dark plastics technology. On the second day the British Plastics Federation (BPF) sessions at the Summit will cover rotational moulding, as well as advances in additives and masterbatch including laser marking and glow in the dark technology.

Back by popular demand at PDM 12 is the free Plastics Surgery – Ask the Consultant offering practical advice on manufacturing a product in plastic. Experts from the Plastics Consultancy Network, specialists in plastics design, manufacturing and materials issues, will be on hand to assist any PDM visitor.

These are just a few examples of the innovations which can be found at PDM12. The exhibition and Summit (sponsored by Distrupol) are free to attend. Visit http://www.pdmevent.com for a list of all exhibitors and travel advice on getting to PDM12 at the ExCel Centre via car or public transport. Registration on arrival is quick and easy. PDM12 is co-located with Product Design + Innovation Conference http://www.pdesigni.com

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PDM12 Summit Focuses on Best Practice in Plastics Design

The organisers of Plastics Design and Moulding Exhibition and Summit (PDM12) have confirmed the programme of the two-day PDM12 Summit, as the annual event returns to the ExCel Centre in London for 29-30 May 2012.

The free-to-attend PDM12 Summit tackles a host of in-depth topics focusing on the core subject of Best Practice in Plastics Design. It will include award-winning design and innovation case studies as well as expert views on emerging market trends and future challenges. The programme for the second day features sessions led by the British Plastics Federation (BPF) and will cover rotational moulding as well as advances in additives and masterbatch including laser marking and glow in the dark technology.

Tackling a critical topic for all plastics converters and processors, Dr George Kellie, chairman of Kellie Solutions, opens the Summit by examining recent trends and the factors driving the cost and availability of core raw materials for the plastics industry. He will also outline forecasts for the next 12 months.

Derek Hindle, innovations director at Global Closure Systems follows with an in-depth look at the redesign of a closure for angle neck bleach bottles. Using Finite Element Analysis software the company has been able to successfully remodel a closure to reduce weight before moulding took place.

Highlight of the first day is keynote speaker Dennis Turner, formerly chief economist for HSBC. He reviews the current state of manufacturing in the UK economy, our close relationship with the critical Eurozone and outline what we need to do to get back to growth. He will argue that the government has to create the right conditions for manufacturers, as well as covering what industry needs to do for itself.

Chi Lam, technical and training manager at Distrupol follows Dennis Turner with an interactive workshop entitled What’s Wrong with your Design? Delegates can expect to pick up top tips on designing in plastics and advice on how to avoid some of the commonest problems.

Clayton Sampson, managing director of Cyan Group will give an overview of the latest developments in photographic quality inkjet technology for direct printing onto plastic products without the need for labels. He is followed by Simon van de Crommert, sales manager of 3D Professional & Production Printers, who explores the design and production benefits the latest 3D printing technologies. Robin Jones, Subject Area Leader in Design at London South Bank University presents on Metamorphosis: How Students Become Designers.

Peter Atterby, managing director of Luxus opens the second day of the Summit with his thoughts on what are likely to be the next set of challenges in sustainable component design. Highlighting sustainable innovation, he will also look at working with designers to push the boundaries of what is achievable in technical design.

Advances in laser marking will be explained by Gabriel-Chemie who will advise on material optimisation, different marking effects, polymer specific behaviour and transparent laser marking additives. Edward Bainbridge of Visible 24/7 will give delegates an insight into the new possibilities offered by glow in the dark technology.

Karen Drinkwater, chairwoman of the BPF Rotational Moulding Group, will host an afternoon dedicated to rotational moulding, set to include presentations from Creative Design, Rototek, Corilla Plastics, JSC Rotational and JFC Plastics. They will share examples of best practice and explore how to achieve sustainability at the right price.

The full Summit Programme can be viewed online at: http://www.pdmevent.com/Content/Agenda/

Visit http://www.pdmevent.com for a list of all exhibitors and travel advice on getting to PDM12 at the ExCel Centre via car or public transport. PDM12 is co-located with the Product Design + Innovation Conference http://www.pdesigni.com

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