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Plastics Design & Moulding exhibition & conference heads to London for 2011

26 January 2011

The annual Plastics Design and Moulding Exhibition and Conference (PDM11) has moved from its traditional base in Telford to the ExCel Centre in London for May 18-19 2011. The move takes PDM11 to the heart of the London-based design community, attracting new exhibitors and visitors as well as strengthening the event’s position in bringing the best of British design and plastics manufacturing together.

Combining an exhibition with free conference sessions, PDM is the most comprehensive plastics event in the UK and is a must-attend event for anyone involved in the design and production of plastic products. Located in London for the first time in its history, PDM is a vibrant source of information, education and inspiration for plastics design and moulding professionals.

“The IED is taking part in PDM11 as the showcase event for plastics design in the UK,” said Libby Brodhurst, chief executive of the Institution of Design Engineers. “We are very pleased to continue our support of the event and look forward to engaging with the wider audience the new location and associated events will bring.”

"Following on from the huge success of last year’s seminar, the British Plastics Federation’s Rotational Moulding Group is once again working with PDM to put on a similar session,” said Martin Spencer, Chairman of the BPF's Rotational Moulding Group. “The BPF is particularly excited that PDM is coming to ExCel in London and the opportunities that this seminar will bring to interface with the London design community.”

The PDM11 conference programme – running across both days of the show - tackles a host of in-depth topics based around the core subject of design for plastics manufacture. In addition to the BPF seminar, speakers already confirmed include Mike Matthews managing director of Nifco UK, who will speak on Injection Moulding Best Practice and Richard Brown, operations director of the Hi-Technology Group, who will cover Injection Moulding for Designers. Additional conference sessions are scheduled to address New Product Development and Advanced Injection Moulding. Full details of the PDM conference programme will be announced in February.

“The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and The Polymer Society are once again supporting PDM as a major event for all those involved in processing and applications of polymeric materials. “In tough economic times such as these, keeping up with innovations in materials is essential to give businesses the edge,” said IOM3 Chief Executive, Dr Bernie Rickinson. “The relocation of the event from Telford to London will also attract visitors from the design community and foster key interactions between the plastics industry and product designers.”

Among the many leading industry names already booked for the exhibition are: Agentdraw, Bayer Material Science, Brightworks, Engel, Distrupol, Plastribution, ICO Polymers and Ultra Polymers.

PDM11 is the perfect place for plastics and design professionals to network and learn. Visitors can meet representatives from every part of the UK plastics design and moulding community including suppliers of injection moulding machinery, rotational moulding machinery, blow moulding machinery and ancillary equipment as well as automation companies, mouldmakers, polymer producers, compounders, polymer distributors, masterbatch and additive suppliers, software companies, materials testing specialists, moulders, rapid prototyping companies, design companies and other industry services.

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