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Six finalists announced for prestigious plastics competition

Six students have been shortlisted for the final of the annual Design Innovation in Plastics competition for this year, the result of which is to be announced on July 3.

The award, sponsored by global polymer and plastics company Bayer MaterialScience and other market leaders in the fields of design and innovation, is organised by the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3) and the Worshipful Company of Horners and seeks bright young designers of the future. 

Students were asked to identify a traditional metal product and replace it with the next generation of product using polymers. 

The finalists and their products are:

Martyn Billings, a final year Consumer Product Design student from Coventry University: a shock-absorbing, non-conductive polymer hammer.
Róisín Keyes, a third year Product Design student from Dublin Institute of Technology: plastic extension keys for (musical) wind instruments.
Robert Miller, a second year Product Design Engineering student from Northumbria University:  polymer TV antenna with improved design, functionality and sustainability.
Panayiotis Vrizas, a final year Engineering Product Design student from London South Bank University: a scuba diving air tank moulded in glass-reinforced polypropylene.
Megan Cattley, a second year Design for Industry student, from Northumbria University: degradable eye surgical equipment.
Alexander Bordino, a second year BSc Product Design student from Nottingham Trent University, with a re-design of a commercial ice cream machine, replacing the stainless steel gearing and other internal parts with food-safe nylon.

They all go forward to the final round of judging to be held on May 22 at the British Plastics Federation.
There, all six students will present their designs and have their creations scrutinised further by a panel of industry experts.  The winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on July 3, and will go on to enjoy a placement with Bayer MaterialScience, in Leverkusen, Germany, one of the world’s largest producers of polymers and high-performance plastics.

In addition to a cash prize of £1,000 the winner will also have a work placement at PriestmanGoode, the leading global design and brand experience agency specialising in aviation, transport and product design.

All three top winners and three highly commended will receive cash prizes and either training courses or placements with other award sponsors: Innovate Product Design, a leading UK invention development company; PDD, London, worldwide provider of integrated design and innovation skills; G&A Moulding Technology, an independent company offering the injection moulding industry support, training and advisory services; Brightworks, an award-winning product design and development consultancy, and HellermannTyton, a global manufacturer and innovator of products for electrical and communication networks.

In addition, all finalists will be offered post-award mentoring support with the goal of helping them take their design ideas closer to commercial realisation, and a year’s free membership of IOM3.

The prestigious Design Innovation in Plastics competition was established in 1985, during which it has provided opportunities for design students to make a name for themselves with products which have genuine use and potential commercial value. It promotes innovative design, raises awareness of high-tech plastics and enables universities to raise their profiles as institutes of excellence in this field.

For further press information please contact:
Sara Bartlett, Bayer MaterialScience
T: 07787 571020   E: sara.bartlett@bayer.com / sara@sarabartlett.co.uk

For DIP Admin Enquiries:
Sylvia Katz, DIP Award Coordinator
E: sylviakatz@designinnovationplastics.org.uk   

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      
  • 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.bayermaterialscience.com    
  • 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


*Special thanks are due to the following sponsors:

  • PriestmanGoode, a leading global design and brand experience agency specialising in aviation, transport and product design 
  • Innovate Product Design: specialises in helping individuals to protect, develop and commercialise their new product ideas and inventions
  • G&A Moulding Technology: an independent, non-biased company offering injection moulding industry support, training and advisory services
  • 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
  • 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
  • Our media partners: British Plastics and Rubber, Materials World, Mould Technology