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'Winning student hosted by Bayer MaterialScience'

Design Innovation in Plastics winner spends a week at BMS headquarters

December 06, 2011

Design student, Lewis Pearson, has returned from a week long work placement at Bayer MaterialScience in Leverkusen, Germany, his prize as winner of Design Innovation in Plastics 2011.

Lewis, from Swansea Metropolitan University, won with his entry, 'Moving Shelves for Primary Schools', an interactive library shelf system for children aged 3-6. For his response to the 2011 DIP brief "Design4Fun", Lewis received £1,000 and a placement with one of the world's largest producers of polymers and high performance plastics, Bayer MaterialScience, in Germany.

Lewis said: "The placement was really good fun with an excellent itinerary that meant I got to meet a number of people as well learn more about what happens behind the scenes of such a large organisation, like visiting the research department and seeing the manufacturing process.

"Design Innovation in Plastics is an excellent opportunity for students to explore products and challenge our own understanding of design. We have to consider the theory as well as the practicalities of bringing a product to market."

Lewis's design adequately matched the theme of Design Innovation in Plastics (DIP) 2011, which was "Design4Fun". Martin Sixsmith, chairman of the DIP organising team, said: "The theme for the 2011 competition was Design4Fun and I believe that Lewis's entry was a great concept for young people to interact with books in a novel way that could really catch on.

"My congratulations once again to Lewis and the other five finalists from the 2011 competition, the standard of entries was high and we are now looking forward to an equally high quality from our 2012 contestants."

Launched in October, DIP 2012, is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students registered at a university or college in the UK, and now also Ireland. To date nearly 280 students have registered for the competition, whose theme is "Universal Design: Designing for the Rest of Us". Students are being asked to design a product to help those with physical or cognitive impairments, but which is also appealing to the mass market. Judging will take place next spring.

Established in 1985, Design Innovation in Plastics is now owned by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM³) and the Worshipful Company of Horners, with the continued support of Bayer MaterialScience as the principal industry sponsor. Now in its 27th year, Design Innovation in Plastics is the longest running student plastics design award in Europe.

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Contact:
Andrea Postles, Tel. 01635 563 031
E-Mail: andrea.postles@bayer.com

Craig Mowat, Tel. 01635 563 523
E-Mail: craig.mowat@bayer.com

For more information and to register, go to: www.designinnovationplastics.org