The next PDM Event will take place at the Telford International Centre from 14 to 15 June 2016 providing an all-encompassing exhibition and conference for plastics design, moulding, packaging, recycling and – new for this year – composites. The previously co-located shows PRE and PPS join with PDM to form the newly-branded PDM Event.
The multi-million pound Telford International Centre venue provides more room for large machinery and access to a brand new conference area. Biffa polymers, Erema, Hasco, Motan Colortronic, Negri Bossi, Piovan, Plasgran, Plastribution and Romi are among the leading industry names which have already booked stands. Other exhibitors include product design companies, rotational and blow moulding machinery suppliers, toolmakers, rapid prototyping specialists, moulders and mouldmakers, masterbatch specialists, software suppliers and materials testing specialists.
Established for more than a decade as the leading event for the design and moulding sectors of the plastics industry, PDM Event has expanded in recent years to include recycling and packaging. The addition of a composites element for 2016 represents a new stage in its evolution. Reinforced thermoplastics are playing an ever-increasing role in innovation and evolution in the automotive sector. Composite materials – lauded for their strength and light weight – are driving new standards in design, helping the car makers to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions.
Claire Whysall, Communications Manager of Composites UK which has partnered with PDM Event organisers to develop this new dimension of the PDM Event said: “We are excited by the opportunity PDM Event provides to showcase the latest innovation and technology developments in thermoplastic composites for both structural and aesthetic applications in what is an increasingly exciting and vibrant sector.”
As well as diversifying its exhibitor base, PDM Event continues to attract growing numbers of visitors and has secured its place as the key event in the plastics industry calendar. Jaguar Land Rover, BT, Dyson, Ford, Honda, Panasonic, Proctor & Gamble and Bentley were among the many companies who sent delegates to the 2015 event and 70% of exhibitors said they expected to have orders in the near future worth up to £250,000 as a result of taking part.
PDM Event enjoys the support of all the major plastics and moulding associations including Composites UK, Institute of Engineering Designers (IED), Society of Plastics Engineers UK & Ireland (SPE), Rubber & Plastics Research Association (RAPRA), British Plastics Federation (BPF), the Gauge & Toolmakers Association (GTMA), IOM3, Polymer Training and Innovation Centre and the Polymer Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMMDA), Polymer Society, RECOUP, LARAC and WRAP.
PDM Event is free to attend for visitors. For more information on visiting, exhibiting or sponsorship visit www.pdmevent.com