Moulding innovation

PDM10 will provide essential networking and learning opportunities for members of the plastics sector

Running from 18-20 May at the Telford International Centre, PDM10 – the Plastics Design and Moulding Exhibition and Conference – is aimed at anyone involved in the design and production of plastics products. The event offers the opportunity to meet representatives from every part of the UK plastics design and moulding community, including moulding machinery suppliers, ancillary equipment specialists, mould makers, polymer producers and distributors, software suppliers, prototyping companies, additives suppliers, design companies, and industry services and advisors.

The event’s organiser believes that, with plastics manufacturers increasingly citing poor quality, long shipping times and the cost of tool modification as reasons for dropping overseas contracts, the show could offer some promising business opportunities for UK firms. Julia Moore, chief executive at toolmakers trade association GTMA confirmed the resurgent demand from UK suppliers. ‘OEMs find UK sourcing a more flexible, timely and cost-effective solution. The GTMA will use PDM10 to highlight the quality of our own supply organisations and demonstrate to OEMs why sourcing tools from the UK market remains the best option.’

Having recently established a Manufacturing Resource Centre to provide OEMs with an easier and faster route to suppliers, the GTMA is currently working on a number of initiatives for PDM10 that will maximise networking opportunities. ‘The sterling exchange rate is a further factor in favour of UK sourcing,’ said Steve Crowhurst, event director. ‘Injection moulders at PDM09 reported a growing interest by OEMs and I can only see this growing at PDM 10.’

Meanwhile, the event’s conference programme features some eminent plastics manufacturing professionals, including Sir Richard Needham and Professor Kumar Bhattacharyya. The conference arena will be located for the first time within the exhibition hall for easier access and interchange between conference and exhibition.

Crowhurst added: ‘New Knowledge, New Business is the underlying theme of the PDM10 event and we have strengthened the conference programme this year as part of a package of measures that will ensure our exhibitors and visitors can fully realise this theme.’

Sir Richard Needham’s keynote in the Moulding Business Debate will address how to compete effectively in a global market, drawing on his extensive experience at Dyson, where he headed up the company’s move to manufacture in China.

Lord Bhattacharyya, founder and director of the internationally renowned WMG (formerly Warwick Manufacturing Group), is keynote speaker at the Innovations Debate on the event’s final day. Drawing on his worldwide experiences, Lord Bhattacharyya will advocate that continuous change and innovation is essential for UK plastics design and manufacture to maintain competitiveness on a global stage. He will use the technological successes of Warwick Manufacturing Group by way of illustration.