PDM shows its quality

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The third PDM (Plastics Design and Moulding) event, which took place at the Telford International Centre on 15-17 April 2008, has again proven to be the perfect, focused meeting place for the design and moulding supply chain. The event’s combined exhibition and high level conference programme attracted almost 2,800 (unaudited) high quality visitors, representing senior management, buyers and specifiers from across product design, mould-making, tool-making, rapid prototyping, OEM, engineering, processing and material selection disciplines.


“PDM is now firmly established as a unique and vital forum for the plastics design and moulding sector” says Steve Crowhurst, PDM’s event director. “No other event delivers more product designers. And the quality of visitor profile represented by our stable, core audience is excellent, much to the continuing delight of our 220 plus exhibitors. PDM continues to serve designers, moulders and associated trades with a focused event that delivers a quality audience in the heart of the UK’s plastics industry.”


Senior management, technical directors, design engineers and design consultants featured prominently in this year’s audience. Among the attendees were representatives from Airbus, Bentley Motors, Black & Decker, Dyson, the Ford Motor Company, Jaguar Cars, Philips Electronics UK, Speedo International, The Maxim Design Group and Unilever to name a few. PDM08 also hosted the largest annual gathering of product designers anywhere in the UK, attracting more than 500 designers over its three days.


New equipment, techniques and materials innovations acted as a key attraction for visitors. Among the major names exhibiting at PDM were Albis, Ashland, Battenfeld, Distrupol, Gabriel-Chemie, Hellyar Plastics, Husky Injection Moulding, Moretto, Plastribution, Premier Moulding Machinery, Summit Systems and many others. 


Other compelling visitor attractions included the Design Resource Centre, curated by design expert Chris Lefteri, which showcased more than 150 plastic materials in touch and feel interactive display. Meanwhile the varied conference programme proved a big draw with its blend of design and moulding debates which explored both general trends and specific issues in the medical, automotive and packaging markets. Sessions were universally well attended with standing room only for the Design Trends session held on the middle day of the show. 


Also popular were the workshops run by the PTL (Polymer Training Ltd) with nine daily workshops, addressing key education and skills-centred issues for injection moulding operations.


Crain Communications, organisers of the event, has announced that PDM 09 will take place from 19th – 21st May 2009 at the Telford International Centre. Already more than 50% of space and over 110 stands have been reserved for next year's event. For details on exhibiting at PDM09 and to see the latest floorplan, please visit www.pdmevent.com or contact Karen Hewitt on tel: 020 8253 9625 or e-mail: khewitt@crain.com 

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