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PDM 2015: designing for the circular economy

25 May 2015

Designing for the circular economy will be a key theme at the forthcoming Plastics Design & Moulding (PDM) Exhibition and Conference taking place at the Telford International Centre on 16 & 17 June 2015.

Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, PDM will be co-located with the second Plastics Recycling Expo (PRE) and a new event: Plastics Packaging Show (PPS).

All three events include free conference programmes with dedicated engineering design sessions where visitors can learn about the latest material, processing and prototyping developments and hear case studies of innovative plastic designs.

Among the topics to be discussed is automotive lightweighting and sustainable packaging design. PDM’s conference programme also features a number of ‘shop floor’ sessions for engineers, providing practical expertise in areas such as moulding techniques and machine care. 

Meanwhile, around the exhibition, visitors can meet with award-winning design consultancies such as Smallfry, see the latest 3D printing technology and discuss their material, masterbatch and compound requirements with leading suppliers and distributors.

A popular feature of previous shows that returns for 2015 is the Plastics Consultancy Network (PCN) 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. 

PDM’s event director Steve Crowhurst said: “PDM is a show that constantly evolves: innovative companies are discovered, new partnerships formed and cutting-edge technologies showcased for the first time. It’s where some of the biggest opportunities and challenges facing our industry are debated and provides a unique space for exhibitors and visitors to do business, network and build on their knowledge and expertise. With the addition of both PRE and PPS this year, 2015 is set to be the most diverse and exciting event in our 10-year history.”

Industry Support

PDM is supported by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED), Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), British Plastics Federation (BPF), Gauge & Toolmakers Association (GTMA), IOM3, WRAP, The Polymer Society, PMMDA, Smithers Rapra, RAPRA, and Polymer Training and Innovation Centre.

PDM Conference Highlights

The two-day PDM Conference focuses on a range of the industry’s most topical issues including skills shortages, EU membership, sustainable design, automotive lightweighting and 3D printing.

Day One

11.55 A practical approach to sustainable design with plastics

Stephen Knowles, Managing Director, Industrial Design Consultancy Ltd

12.20 Designing for luxurious customer experiences 

Daniel Flashman, Senior Designer, Tangerine

13.45 An overview of the UK auto industry 

Luke Hampton, Supply Chain Development Manager, Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT)

14.35 Plastics, Lightweighting Saviour; welding of automotive plastics components. Best practice and assessment of joint integrity

Farshad Salamat-Zadeh, Chartered Polymer and Adhesive Engineer; Senior Project Leader at TWI Ltd

15.25 The “Designers LOVE Rotomoulding” forum

Chaired by Karen Drinkwater, Director, JSC Rotational Limited

Day Two

10.40 EU – in or out? Possible effects on the UK plastics industry

Terry Scuoler, CEO, EFF, the manufacturers’ organisation

11.20 Failure in polymer products – it doesn’t just happen!

Justin Taylor, Principle Consultant, iPolytech, Telford (Part of the RAPRA Technical Support Network)

14.10 3D printing and the exciting benefits it brings 

Matthew Perkins, Director, Stanford Marsh

14.35 Injection moulding healthcare innovation; the 21st century nursing bag

David Swann, Subject Area Leader, University of Huddersfield

PRE Conference Highlights

Over two days, the PRE Conference will explore how the industry can boost plastics recycling, as well as the use of recycled plastics. Speakers include sustainability experts working for major brands.

Day One

11.00 Plastics. The world’s next great ore or wasted material?

Kevin Vyse, Packaging and Environment Manager, Marks and Spencer

11.40 PRE: Unilever Packaging Sustainability Strategy and how it relates to challenges in the industry

Louis Lindenberg, Global Packaging Sustainability Director, Unilever

14.40 WRAP: getting recycled plastics into higher value products

Bernard Chase, Sector Specialist, WRAP

Day Two

11.00 Recycled plastics, an enabler for the IKEA vision: creating a better everyday life for many people

Anna Wieslander, Range & Category Leader, IKEA

11.40 Case study from Plastics Industry Award Best Recycled Product winner

Steve Mancey, UK Managing Director, Logoplaste

12.00 How to design flexible packaging films which CAN be sorted for recycling

Richard McKinlay, Project Engineer, Axion Recycling

PPS Conference Highlights

What are the latest developments in barrier technology? How can packaging be used to help defend brands against counterfeiting? These are just two of the plastics design possibilities which will be explored at the PPS conference. Speakers include packaging experts from some of the UK’s largest plastics processors.

Day One

11.30 Reach out and touch: Perfect packaging calls to us

Kevin Vyse, Packaging and Environment Manager, Marks and Spencer

13.45 Innovation vs recycling; are targets to recycle holding us back?

Alan Davey, Innovations Director, Linpac Packaging

14.35 Sport caps innovation, design and market trends

Derek Hindle, Innovations Director, GCS

15.00 Design for a circular economy – the rise and rise of polypropylene

Paul Darby, Key Account Manager, Milliken

15.25 Trends in packaging design for differentiation: aesthetics vs functionality

Steve Mancey, UK Managing Director, Logoplaste

Day Two 

10.40 Growth in plastics in packaging

Keith Barnes, Society of Plastics Engineers

13.30 Innovations in blow moulding

Maryann Wilcox, President, Society of Plastics Engineers

14.45 What is happening in barrier technologies in the PET/plastics market

Kinza Sutton, Marketing Manager, APPE

Materials, Masterbatch and Additive Suppliers and Distributors

Specialist advice on the polymers, compounds and colours best suited to any application can be found throughout the exhibition: 

-Gabriel-Chemie has developed an HBCD-free flame retardant concentrate for use in foam insulation boards made of extruded polystyrene (XPS). This enables insulation producers to make the switch to an ecologically sound solution more than six months before the “sunset date” of HBCD flame retardants in Europe.

-In an industry first, Pantone, the global colour authority, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Partnerships & Licensing has announced the creation of an official new PANTONE Color, Minion Yellow, based on the Minions from Universal Pictures and llumination’s Despicable Me global film franchise. 

-The intraGRAM solution offered by U-NICA embeds traditional holographic effects directly into product designs during the injection moulding process. Whether for anti-counterfeit purposes, or to enhance brand recognition, this is a highly efficient and secure way to check authenticity through the lifetime of a product.

-The Engineering Thermoplastics Division of Teknor Apex can assist with metal replacement, weight reduction, value engineering, technical challenges, all backed up by its UK-based Technical Team to ensure that all requirements are successfully met, even if a tailored formulation is required. 

-Other exhibiting companies in this part of the supply chain include Distrupol, Plastribution, Biesterfeld Petroplas, Luxus, Albis, Alphagary, 4PLAS, Regain Polymers, VELOX, Abbey Polymers, Burgess Colours & Compounds, Elasto and Teknor Apex.

Product Research, Design, Prototyping and Testing

-Exhibitors offering product design and prototyping services include Agentdraw, Cotsworld Plastics, Chess Plastics, AMS Technical Plastics Ltd, RP Tooling, Boddingtons Plastics, Moulding Innovations, Counterplas, Melba Swintex, Caledonian Plastics, OGM, Amey Plastics, G English Electronics, Icon Plastics, Thormac Engineering, Proto Labs, Rutland Plastics and St David’s Assemblies. 

-CAD developments from the latest release of VISI 21 will be showcased by Vero International Software.

-South West Polymer Supplies UK, Impact Solutions and Zwick Testing Machines are among the exhibiting companies working with clients on research and development, testing and quality assurance.

-Tinius Olsen is a leading manufacturer of testing systems which are designed for R&D and QC departments to measure the physical strength and performance of both materials and finished components. Complete series of tests are available including tension, shear, compression, flexure, tear, peel, puncture, melt flow, impact resistance, friction, heat distortion, and Vicat penetration, in accordance with key industrial testing standards.

3D Printing 

Meanwhile A.D Tech, Cad2parts, Standford Marsh and Renishaw are among the exhibiting companies supplying 3D printers. Renishaw, the UK's only manufacturer of a metal-based additive manufacturing machine that prints metal parts, has collaborated with a leading British bicycle design and manufacturing company to create the world's first 3D printed metal bike frame.

Igus has developed a new tribo-polymer filament for 3D printers, developed specifically for engineers who wish to create structurally robust prototypes or small batch components for test in real-world applications or solutions.

Drilling and Joining Developments

Leading manufacturer of thermoplastics welding and assembly equipment, HTE Engineering Services Ltd, will be demonstrating PulseStaking and Ultrasonic welding on its stand at PDM. Complementary joining technologies include Hot-Air-Cold-Stake and Fusion Welding.

Meanwhile visitors to the Branson Ultrasonics stand can see the launch of the 2000Xc range of Ultrasonic Welding Systems.

Rainford Precision can provide drilling products for truly hard materials. With the new Toglon range of hard drills from Iwata Tool, Rainford Precision can eliminate the costly and time-consuming process of EDM drilling.

The Venue

Home to more than 100 polymer-related companies, Telford has been known as “plastics valley” for more than 20 years. Easily accessible from the M6 and M54 motorways, the Telford International Centre provides free parking for more than 1,500 cars and the adjacent Southwater development offers visitors and exhibitors a choice of bars, restaurants and entertainment.

For more details about visiting PDM 15, and to register for free entry, click here.

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