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Telford Gets Set to Tackle Sustainable Plastic Design & Moulding

Trailblazers in plastics innovation, manufacturing, and recycling are to convene at Telford International Centre for the annual Plastics Design & Moulding exhibition and conference on 19th and 20th June.  A true showcase of the UK’s dynamic plastics sector, the free-to-attend PDM event brings together all the latest in plastics design, technology, moulding techniques, material developments and plastics science.

Colour Tone will offer advice on near-infrared (NIR) sorting of non-clear plastic packaging

In the PDM 2018 conference (sponsored by Distrupol), speakers from across UK plastics will tackle the most challenging issues facing the industry today. Keith Freegard, director, Axion Consulting will show how sustainable product design puts materials together into recyclable products that can be recovered at end of life.

The British Plastics Federation (BPF) Recycling Group will explain how to design a product to maximise resource efficiency. Logoplaste is to look at the future of recycled materials. There will be an update on world bioplastics technology and solutions for sorting non-clear packaging waste. Brexit and the Chinese import ban will also be covered and there will be a lively panel discussion on how the industry can improve plastic’s image.

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag UK will run a series of live four half-hour injection moulding workshops for process technicians and engineers over both days. “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, the company’s managing director.

Elsewhere on the exhibition floor the Plastics Consultancy Network (PCN), which celebrates its 30th anniversary at PDM this year, will be running a Plastics’ Surgery. Visitors are invited to bring along questions they may have relating to plastics design and moulding and PCN’s consultants will be on hand to offer effective, creative and cost-effective advice and solutions.

Visitors also have the opportunity to discuss projects with over 90 exhibiting companies including rotational and blow moulding machinery suppliers, toolmakers, 3D printing and rapid prototyping specialists, moulders and mouldmakers, masterbatch specialists, software suppliers and materials testing specialists.

The YIZUMU makes its UK debut on the STV Machinery stand

Finnish bioplastics pioneer Aqvacomp makes its first appearance at PDM this year promoting its biocomposite with pulp fibre reinforcement for many different plastics. Luxus subsidiary Colour Tone will be sharing details of its rapid coloured polymer analysis service that tests for ‘end-of-life’ recyclability of non-clear packaging. It enables producers to discover if their plastics packaging can be detected via near-infrared (NIR) sorting. STV Machinery will be displaying the first working YIZUMI injection moulding machine to be shown in the UK. Negri Bossi and Borche will also be bringing new injection moulding machines to the show.

PDM 2018 is the perfect place for plastics and design professionals to network, learn and do business. Industry associations supporting PDM 2018 include: the BPF, plastics recycling organisation RECOUP, the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), the Gauge & Toolmakers Association (GTMA) and the Scottish Plastics & Rubber Association.


The PDM 2018 exhibition and conference are both free to attend. For more information visit: www.pdmevent.com


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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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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.

David Cameron 2016
David Cameron

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.

Jane Bickersfield 2016 Julia Moore 2012  Karen Drinkwater JSC 2016
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


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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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.


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.”


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.



“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.


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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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

Axion Polymers Axpoly recycled polymer LR

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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