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19 universities ~ 76 entries ~ 6 finalists

The finalists have been announced for the 2011 Design Innovation in Plastics Award. This year the competition challenged student designers and design engineers to create an innovative product that addressed the concerns of day-to-day life while bringing fun and pleasure back into the lives of users. Interpretations of this ‘Design4Fun’ theme could include, for example, a novel solution to an existing problem, a brand new way of injecting enjoyment into an activity, or the use of material properties in a novel way. Coincidentally, the government is currently drawing up proposals for an official index of the nation’s happiness to use as a guide for judging the success of new policies, which reflects our theme.

We were delighted to receive more entries than last year. and the judging panel, chaired by Richard Brown, Operations Director for Hi-Technology Group, has selected the following six finalists:

  • Hugging Angel’, Cho Bumki, Northumbria University
    ‘A warm-hearted valet chair that holds your clothes and belongings with affection.’
  • Little Helper, Russell Tuit, Northumbria University
    An educational children’s product aimed at turning family shopping into a pleasurable activity
    and encouraging parent-child bonding and early behavioural routines.
  • Spine Toothbrush
    Teerapon Techapanichgul, Royal College of Art
    A toothbrush with a replaceable brush head that is made from half the amount of plastic
    compared to a traditional toothbrush.
  • Moving Shelving for Primary Schools
    Lewis Pearson, Swansea Metropolitan University
    An interactive library shelving system for young children of 3-6 years.
  • Paint Stream
    James Whitfield, University of Huddersfield
    A waste-reducing paint tray.
  • Sky Rise
    Christopher Hyde, University of Huddersfield
    A dual-function teacher’s chair for use in primary school classrooms.

A unique feature of the Design Innovation in Plastics Award is feedback from the judges to enable the finalists to refine their designs for the final judging stage. This session will be held on 26 May at the British Plastics Federation, London. A second special feature is the award to each of the six finalists of a much sought-after placement with one of our sponsors: Bayer MaterialScience in Leverkusen, DuPont in Geneva, PDD innovation consultancy, Brightworks design consultancy, Hellermann Tyton and Hi-Technology Group.

The Award is championed by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and the Worshipful Company of Horners, an ancient City Livery Company that has forged strong links with the plastics industry. The 2011 headline sponsor from industry is Bayer MaterialScience, one of the world’s largest producers of polymers and high performance plastics. We are also very grateful for additional support from the PDD Group, DuPont Engineering Polymers, PlasticsEurope, the Materials KTN, Hi-Technology Group, Brightworks and Hellermann Tyton. Support from our media partners Materials World, Mould Technology and newdesign is also greatly appreciated.

Richard Brown (Chairman) Operations Director, Hi-Technology Group
Mandy Haberman, Haberman Associates
Rob Holdway, Director, Giraffe Innovation
Dr Robin Kent, Tangram Technology
Morag Hutcheon, Design Director, Quadro Design Associates
Alan Tear, Sales Manager Bayer MaterialScience
Alun Wilcox, Director of Medical, PDD

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

Note to editors

1. Established in 1985, Design Innovation in Plastics is now the longest- running student plastics design award in Europe. For more information on the competition, visit www.designinnovationplastics.org.uk
2. 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
IOM3, 1 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5DB. Tel: 020 7451 7300
3. 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
4. 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