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PDM 2011 pulls in many first-time visitors to this annual event

25 May 2011

Turn out to this year’s Plastics Design & Moulding Exhibition (PDM11) exceeded the organiser's expectations and over half of all visitors were first-timers, demonstrating that the show’s relocation to London had successfully attracted a new audience. Many of these new visitors were industrial designers and OEMs attending the co-located Product Design + Innovation conference which drew design consultancies and in-house creative minds from a variety of bluechip companies.

PDM exhibitor IPF, which specialises in 3D printing technology, reported making over 130 contacts in two days and Vicky Bancroft, internal customer sales representative, Ultra Polymers said: “We’ve been able to demonstrate our more innovative products and discuss ideas in depth with a lot of designers at PDM11. The show’s been even better than we expected and proved an ideal platform for showing the design community how we can help them.”

The free PDM conference sponsored by Distrupol proved very popular this year, in particular the afternoon devoted to design innovation in rotational moulding, organised by the BPF Rotational Moulding Group, and the sessions on injection moulded part design.

Meanwhile in the Product Design + Innovation conference, the mood was upbeat with the audience and speakers alike keen to explore opportunities for growth. “Manufacturing is back on the agenda… This is the most motivated I have seen the industry in 25 years,” said Smallfry managing director, Steve May-Russell who presented a session entitled 'The Route to the Loot'.

PDM 12 will take place at ExCel London on 29 and 30 May 2012. For more information click here. In the meantime you can continue to network with other visitors, exhibitors, delegates and speakers via the PDM LinkedIn Group and the Product Design + Innovation website

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