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All aspects of plastics design covered at PDM

01 June 2018

PDM, a true showcase of the UK’s dynamic plastics sector, is returning to its traditional home of Telford this June. The free-to-attend event which offers an all-encompassing exhibition and conference for plastics design, moulding, packaging and recycling will take place at the Telford International Centre on 19 and 20 June 2018.

Sustainable and reliable product design that is resource-efficient and prevents plastics pollution is a strong theme throughout this year’s free PDM conference programme. Delegates will be given updates on the latest performance polymers and processes which offer exciting new design possibilities, as well as practical advice on how patents and marques can be used to create differentiation.

Meanwhile on the exhibition floor, visitors can see the latest 3D printing technology from the likes of CDG and Matsuura LUMEX and speak to companies such as Plastic-IT which have expertise in all aspects of plastic injection moulding including materials, product design, tooling and processing. Leading suppliers of material, masterbatch and compounds such as Distrupol, Colour Tone Masterbatch and Ampacet will be showcasing their latest product ranges. 

A popular feature of previous shows that returns for 2018 is the Plastics Consultancy Network’s 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.

Injection moulding machinery makers are set to launch new machines at PDM. 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.

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag will run a series of live four half-hour injection moulding workshops for process technicians and engineers attending the exhibition. Anyone taking part in the workshops can then register for a 10 perent discount on any training programme booked before 1 September at the Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Training Academy.

Conference highlights for designers

Putting circular thinking into practice will be tackled on day one by Keith Freegard, director, Axion Consulting. He will show how sustainable product design puts materials together into recyclable products in a way that means they can be recovered at end of life. He will be followed by Dr Andrew Hulme, principle consultant, Smithers Rapra who will explain how understanding the long term performance of a plastic material can help designers to predict the durability of a product.

In other sessions Jason Lessard, partner, HGF will advise how you can protect your competitive advantage in three simple steps and John Pearce, chief executive, Made in Britain will talk about the benefits of using the Made in Britain marque.

Material developments will be covered by Plastribution who will introduce the new Vistamaxx performance polymers and EMS-Chemie who will talk about the advantages of using EMS-GRIVORY long fibre technology.

Sustainability returns as a key theme for day two with Dr Terence Cooper, chief executive officer, ARGO Group International giving an update on world bioplastics technology. The British Plastics Federation (BPF) Recycling Group will explain how to design a product to maximise resource efficiency and Logoplaste will look at the future of recycled materials. The design challenge of finding a sustainable solution for non-clear packaging waste will be explored by Tony Gaukroger, director, Colour Tone Masterbatch.

Process innovations in adhesive bonding, assisted moulding technologies and rotational moulding techniques will be covered in the afternoon with expert speakers from the likes of 3M Centre, Helix Polymer, Uniqeroto and Rotomotive. They will highlight the new design opportunities provided by these developments and offer practical advice on increasing the reliability of designs. Dr Paul Shipton, consultancy director, Smithers Rapra will address the challenges of selecting plastics for use in medical devices and Pantone will look at the future of colour in the plastics industry. The full conference programme, sponsored by Distrupol, can be viewed on

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

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