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Saving Lives’: Design for Disaster Relief'
Design Innovation in Plastics 2013 registration now open

London, September 12, 2012

Undergraduate and postgraduate design students in the UK, enlisted for the academic year 2012-13, can now register to be part of Europe’s longest running students design award.

The Design Innovation in Plastics (DIP) 2013 competition will focus on: ‘Saving Lives: Design for Disaster Relief’. The threat of disaster, be it natural or man-made, is an ever-present concern to us all. It can strike at any time and in any place, caused either by natural forces such as the floods in the UK, the tsunami that struck Japan and the earthquakes in China or by acts of war, terrorism and political instability. Whatever the cause, a disaster has a profound effect on humankind and the need for aids to help preserve human life is paramount.

Martin Sixsmith, DIP chairman, comments: “This is a really challenging brief, but an exciting one too. We need to be innovative and look at new ways to tackle any disaster and this competition is the perfect platform for design students across the UK and Ireland, to be creative and design a product which could help make a big difference!”

Students are invited to design a product, mainly in plastics, that will help to alleviate the suffering of disaster victims. It should be readily transportable in high volume to stricken areas and easy to use in potentially chaotic and challenging environments. Consideration should also be given to the re-use and disposal of the product. Since many of these products are purchased and distributed by charitable organisations, the economics of manufacture and distribution should also be taken into account.

Online registrations need to be received by Friday 26th October and entries submitted by Friday 22nd February, with judging taking place in spring 2013. Information on how to enter can be found at www.designinnovationplastics.org.

Entries will be judged on the effective use of plastics as well as showing an understanding of the needs of disaster victims, manufacturing costs, sustainability principles and commercialisation.

DIP is co-organised by the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3) and the Worshipful Company of Horners, a City Livery Company that has forged strong links with the plastics industry. The competition wouldn’t be possible without its industry sponsors: Bayer MaterialScience, Brightworks, DePuy, Hellermann Tyton International, Hi-Technology Group, PDD, PlasticsEurope.

For further information please contact:
Sylvia Katz, Award Coordinator tel: 020 7503 5949
email: sylviakatz@designinnovationplastics.org.uk    www.designinnovationplastics.org                                                                                            
Note to editors
Established in 1985, Design Innovation in Plastics is the longest running student plastics design award in Europe. For more information visit www.designinnovationplastics.org      

The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) was created from the merger of The Institute of Materials (IOM) and The Institution of Mining and Metallurgy (IMM), and now incorporates the Institute of Packaging. The IOM3 is the professional body for the advancement of materials, minerals and mining to governments, industry, academia, the public and the professions. For more information visit www.iom3.org

The Worshipful Company of Horners is one of the oldest livery companies in the City of London and was formed to regulate the horn-working trade. In 1943 it adopted its modern equivalent, the plastics industry. For more information visit www.horners.org.uk

Bayer MaterialScience, the headline sponsor for DIP, is one of the world’s largest producers of polymers and high-performance plastics. Its coatings, adhesives, insulating materials and sealants, polycarbonates and polyurethanes can be found in applications ranging from automotive, construction, electrical, electronics and household, to sports and leisure. For more information, visit www.bayer.co.uk

Design Innovation in Plastics sponsors:

  • PlasticsEurope, the leading European plastics trade association
  • PDD, worldwide provider of integrated design and innovation skills
  • DePuy International, a global leader in orthopaedics, spinal care and neuroscience therapies
  • Hi-Technology Group Limited, a provider of total solutions in plastics design, tooling and moulding
  • Brightworks, an award-winning UK product design and development consultancy
  • HellermannTyton, a leading supplier of products for fastening, identifying and protecting cables and their connecting components

The Award is also grateful for support from the following publications: NewDesign, Materials World and Mould Technology.