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Design Innovation in Plastics competition winner joins the Committee!
Student steps up a gear after winning design contest

London, September 13, 2012

Lewis Pearson, from Swansea Metropolitan University, Wales, is the latest member to join the Committee of the country’s most prestigious student design competition, bringing the team to a total of eight.

Lewis, who won the 2011 Design Innovation in Plastics (DIP) competition with his innovative shelving design, was asked to join the Committee for the start of the 2013 competition.

Martin Sixsmith, DIP chairman, comments: “We are delighted to have a member from the student design community join us and we know that Lewis will bring something fresh to the Committee.”

Lewis, who has already attained a first class honours degree in Industrial Design, said: “I’m very excited to be member of the DIP committee, and hope that I can deliver a different perspective as a student.”  

Since winning the competition in 2011, Lewis has since further developed his shelving product, tailoring it to be suitable for the home environment - originally it was designed for primary schools.  Lewis is now focusing on his PhD studies in Industrial Design at Swansea Metropolitan University, after which he hopes to develop further versions of moving shelving.

Established in 1985, Design Innovation in Plastics is now the longest running student plastics design award in Europe.  It is an opportunity for design students to make a name for themselves, but also for universities to raise their profile as institutes of excellence in this field.


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.