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Judging begins at Bayer UK Headquarters

Newbury, March 11, 2014

The Design in Innovation Plastics 2014 team had a great day judging this year’s entries at Bayer UK Headquarters yesterday.

Our judges included:

Richard Brown, Managing Director at G&A Moulding Technology and Judging Panel Chairman. Richard has worked in the design field over 30 years, His business is an independent, non-biased company offering the injection moulding industry support, training and design advisory services.

Mandy Haberman, Founder, Haberman Products Ltd, is an inventor and entrepreneur, best known for the revolutionary Anywayup® Cup and the recently launched Haberman ® Suckle Feeder. Her campaigning activities have helped to level the playing field for SMEs in the patent and I.P. legal system. 

Rob Holdway, Director Giraffe Innovation, is an industrial designer known for creating innovative sustainable products. His consultancy works with companies on carbon management and footprinting, sustainable design and EU environmental legislation. Positions include Professor Associate, Brunel University School of Engineering & Design.

Morag Hutcheon is Design Director of Quadro Design Associates and creator of TwoZero a new brand producing sports apparel. She has won a number of prestigious awards including the British Female Inventor of the Year and Best Product Development Award 2006 and works internationally delivering innovative products in a range of sectors.

Dr Robin Kent, Managing Director, Tangram Technology, has been involved with plastics processing and product design since 1972, and is recognised internationally as a specialist in materials technology and energy management in plastics processing.

Sergio Malorni is Principal of Medical Engineering at PDD Group, a leading product and service innovation consultancy. He has more than twenty five years’ experience in the design engineering field across a wide range of industrial sectors, with projects resulting in patents and design awards.

Mike Stuart, CAE Engineer, Bayer MaterialScience, qualified in Materials Science and Polymer Technology and has worked in the plastics industry for over 30 years. He runs injection moulding simulation for Bayer customers, and advises on design, material selection and the processing of plastics.

The judges commented that this years’ brief was certainly a challenge for students however, they were all thrilled to see submission levels at an all-time high with over 160 entries from across the UK. 

After much discussion, the judges selected six finalists which will be announced soon. These entries will go through to the final judging round in May where students will present their designs to a high profile industry panel in London.