Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Show Off at the International Plastics Design Competition

With NPE — one of our largest plastics industry gatherings — on the horizon, plastics businesses are gearing up to strut their stuff in the City of Big Shoulders this June. One of the many new, value-added aspects of NPE2009 is the International Plastics Design Competition — an easy way for companies to show off their newest and most innovative product offerings to tens of thousands of folks in attendance. Hosted by SPI’s Alliance of Plastics Processors, and located on 11,000 square feet of design space in the new West Hall of McCormick Place, the IPDC will feature new design categories and awards—from bio-process systems, innovative packaging applications and medical products to sustainability, nanotechnology, energy efficiency and bio-based materials.

Now that the competition is open to products in any end use market and from any country, I can’t wait to see what creative products our global industry has been tinkering with over the past year. Just take one look at the gallery of winners for the past three years and I think you’ll agree there is no limit to the design possibilities this versatile material (and industry!) has to offer. When you think about the opportunities for growth and innovation in our changing American economic landscape, it’s obvious, humbling and mind-blowing to realize what a huge role plastics can play.

This summer as you walk the halls of McCormick Place during NPE, make sure you find your way to the IPDC. On the way you may see mega products featured in the NPE common areas. Once there you’ll be able to take a look at a wide range of small, medium and large product entries in design categories focused on saving lives, mobility, packaging, and life products. You will be able to stop and chat with company reps about the science behind their product entries. While you’re at it, make sure you cast your vote for the IPDC People’s Choice Award (if you haven’t already done so in advance of your trip to Chicago.) Winners will be featured on video, at an informal awards reception and in on-site and post event press coverage.

Online submission just opened at www.plasticsdesign.org and product entries are due by April 1, 2009. So enter today and start bragging about what you and your customers have come up with. I suspect we‘re all in for a real treat.

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