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Design Innovation in Plastics winner scoops first prize in James Dyson Award

Royal College of Art graduate, Dan Watson, whose trawl net design won the Design Innovation in Plastics (DIP) competition in 2010, has now claimed a further accolade in a prestigious international award.

November 29, 2012

Dan's SafetyNet design, a net modification to enable more sustainable trawler fishing, originally collected first prize in the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and The Worshipful Company of Horner’s annual DIP Award in 2010. This award acknowledges student design talent in the UK.

Dan has now achieved international recognition by winning the 2012 James Dyson Award, a scheme run by the James Dyson Foundation as part of its mission to encourage creativity and inventiveness in the next generation of young design engineers.

James Dyson commented that the SafetyNet tackles a global issue ignored by established industries in a new and inventive way, and Dan is now working with interested organisations, including a government body, to have his design tested on trawlers.

Martin Sixsmith, DIP Chairman, said: “We were thrilled to hear that Dan has gone on to win the James Dyson Award.  Many winners of our Design Innovation in Plastics competition have developed successful careers as designers, and we’re sure that Dan will follow suit after this.”

For further information please contact:
Sylvia Katz, Award Coordinator tel: 020 7503 5949
email: sylviakatz@designinnovationplastics.org.uk    www.designinnovationplastics.org

Notes 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.