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Design Innovation in Plastics Award: 2019 finalists announced

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Members of the judging panel examine the entries at the preliminary judging stage.

Five inspiring and novel new products to enhance health and wellbeing have been selected by the judging panel to contest the final of the Design Innovation in Plastics competition, 2019.

Headline sponsored by Covestro, and the longest running student plastics design competition of its type, it is held every year to encourage university students to come up with brand new products made primarily of plastic.

Organisers, the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and the Worshipful Company of Horners, this year set the challenging brief of improving health, wellbeing or encouraging exercise, with a product which has the qualities of longevity and sustainability.

The panel of renowned industry judges carefully examined 149 entries at the preliminary judging stage before selecting five finalists, whose entries most closely matched the brief and satisfied the competition criteria.

Chairman of judges, Richard Brown (RJG Technologies), commented: “The brief this year was quite wide-ranging and was clearly open to different interpretations – but also provided the opportunity for more original thought.

“Whilst many fell short, due to insufficient investigation into intellectual property, materials and manufacturability of the product ideas, a hard core of students came up with some interesting product ideas.

“There was much debate among the judges, and it was eventually decided to pick five finalists rather than the usual six, as these were the candidates whose entries met the criteria. Having progressed to the final, we will be looking for these students to further develop their concepts taking into account the judges’ guidance.”

Commenting on their design and ingenuity, technical service engineer, Mike Stuart (formerly Covestro) said: “This year’s finalists have clearly spent a great deal of time and effort putting detail into their designs, giving thought to materials and production methods, including costings.

“It was interesting to see the variety of approaches, from re-thinking existing products; to using innovative material choices making them attractive as well as versatile; and addressing a particular day-to-day issue in a novel way, with a product anyone would be happy to try.

“Some have come up with very interesting new concepts, which could have tangible value in real world situations, depending on whether they can be further refined. We will look forward to seeing how the products have progressed when the finalists present them in person in a few weeks’ time!”

The finalists go through to a final judging round on May 24, and the overall results will be announced at a ceremony in London on July 5. The winner will receive a trip to Germany to visit Covestro, along with a cash prize. A key feature of the competition is that every finalist also receives short industry placement with one of the competition sponsors: Brightworks, HellermannTyton, Innovate Product Design, PDD and RJG Technologies.

The five finalists are:

Louis Farnsworth – 3rd year product design student, De Montfort University
Product Name: Air – A smart breathing aide for asthmatics to reduce asthma flare up and irritation to the lungs and airway when exercising.

Daniella Kalligorsky – 3rd year product design student, Technological University Dublin
Product name: Checkkit – A new way to raise breast cancer awareness by promoting self-examination.

Christopher Kay – 4th year product design student, De Montfort University.
Product name: EnviroJect – A re-usable syringe system, providing a 97.8 per cent reduction in plastic syringe wastage per year within the NHS.

Namgyun Ryu – 1st year MSc Integrated Product Design student, Brunel University.
Product name: Tri Walker – A walking assistant product for enhanced mobility and health for the elderly, adding improved functionality to conventional walking aids.

Kai Wang – 4th year integrated product design student, Brunel University.
Product: Pot luck – A combined cooking and storage device that encourages and simplifies the production of stock cubes using avoidable food waste.

About Covestro:
With 2018 sales of EUR 14.6 billion, Covestro is among the world’s largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, construction, wood processing and furniture, and electrical and electronics industries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics, health and the chemical industry itself. Covestro has 30 production sites worldwide and employs approximately 16,800 people (calculated as full-time equivalents) at the end of 2018.

About Design Innovation in Plastics:
Established in 1985, Design Innovation in Plastics is the longest running student plastics design award in Europe. For more information visit www.designinnovationplastics.org.

The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) is a major UK engineering institution and 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.

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.


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