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Covestro supports student design innovation competition for 2016

Polymer materials supplier Covestro, formerly Bayer MaterialScience, will once again support the longest established student plastics design competition of its kind.

The Design Innovation in Plastics (DIP) competition has been providing opportunities for bright young designers and innovators of the future to make a name for themselves since it was established in 1985.

Headline sponsored by Covestro, with additional support from other market leaders in the fields of design and innovation, it will be the first year the competition has been sponsored by the polymer company under its new name.

Covestro's head of sustainability, Richard Northcote, said: "Like the polymers industry as a whole, Covestro is increasingly seeking new products and solutions which are sustainable and which address global challenges facing us in the 21st century.

“We cannot do that without input from bright and enquiring minds. Design Innovation in Plastics helps to find the potential innovators of the future, which is why we are very happy to be supporting the event again in 2016 - and very much look forward to seeing what this year's entrants come up with."
DIP is organised by the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3) and the Worshipful Company of Horners.

This year's competition winner will receive a cash prize as well as a week-long visit to Covestro's headquarters in Germany, where they will have the chance to see polymers and high performance plastics being developed into products of the future.

Additionally, the winner will enjoy a placement in London at PriestmanGoode, the leading global design and brand experience agency specialising in aviation, transport and product design.

Runners-up and highly commended will receive cash prizes and either training courses or placements with other award sponsors.

Last year's winner was Alexander Bordino, a BSc product design student from Nottingham Trent University, who redesigned the internal gear pump mechanism inside whipped-style ice cream machines.