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Innovate Product Design joins the Design Innovation in Plastics organising committee

London, UK – Alastair Swanwick, Managing Director of Innovate Product Design in Farringdon, London, is the latest member to join the organising committee of the country’s most prestigious student plastics design competition, Design Innovation in Plastics (DIP).

August 8, 2013


“I am delighted that Innovate Product Design has this opportunity to be more involved with this worthwhile competition,” said Alastair.

Alastair joins the committee as Matthew Thornton from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) leaves to join a new company.
Martin Sixsmith, DIP chairman, said: “Matthew has been a valued member of the committee showing creativity and innovation over the years, including introducing the new mentoring scheme, and we wish him well in his new career.

“It is important to maintain a strong team to keep the competition going and we are delighted that Innovate Product Design will be joining us on the organising committee. This is a fantastic opportunity which will bring valued design expertise and freshness to the table.”

Innovate Product Design first joined the competition in 2013 as a sponsor, by offering a work placement to one of the five finalists. This was recently awarded to James Scott from Northumbria University, for his ‘Rain Pod’, which can provide both shelter and drinking water during monsoons. James started his placement on 22nd July.

The organising committee is represented by a mixture of past winners, a tutor, plus sponsor representatives including Bayer, IOM3, HellermanTyton and the Worshipful Company of Horners.

Established in 1985, Design Innovation in Plastics is the longest running student plastics design competition in Europe. It represents a unique opportunity for talented design students to launch their careers and 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 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

*Special thanks are due to the following sponsors:

  • PlasticsEurope: the leading European plastics trade association
  • Innovate Product Design: specialises in helping individuals to protect, develop and commercialise their new product ideas and inventions
  • PDD: provides integrated design and innovation skills, working with organisations worldwide to develop novel products, services and business processes that drive revenues and create competitive advantage
  • G&A Moulding Technology: an independent, non-biased company offering the injection moulding industry support, training and advisory services
  • Brightworks: an award-winning UK product design and development consultancy dedicated to helping other companies develop the best products for their customers, their markets and their brands
  • HellermannTyton: one of the leading suppliers of products for fastening, fixing, identifying and protecting cables and their connecting components