UPDATED: Competition rewards innovative plastics design at NPE2012, entry deadline extended

January 02, 2012

The second International Plastics Design Competition (IPDC) is now open for entries from any end market and any country in the world, with selected parts and applications to be displayed at the Society of the Plastics Industry’s (SPI) triennial event, NPE2012 (April 1-5; Orange County Convention Center (OCCC); Orlando, FL).2009 IPDC People's Choice Award winner

Entries, which can now be submitted by February 29, 2012, can be for finished products or components and can be submitted by any individual or company along the supply chain, including designers, toolmakers, processors, material suppliers, equipment builders, or OEMs.

Photos and details for most entries will be posted at www.plasticsdesign.org, where site visitors will be able to cast their votes for a People’s Choice award. At NPE2012, products or parts entered into the competition will be displayed in the Orange County Convention Center’s South Building.

An awards reception and ceremony will take place during NPE2012 on Tuesday evening, April 3, where winners, along with their supply chain contributors will be recognized and honored. All awards other than the Peoples Choice will be based on the decisions of judges selected by SPI for their knowledge of plastics and design.

Entries can be submitted in any of 18 end-use market categories, ranging from agriculture to transportation, with an award for the winning product in each category, a grand award for the most innovative part or product in the competition as a whole, awards honoring advances in sustainability, and other special awards.

In 2009, a twin-sheet blowmolded fuel system for BMW of North America won in the Innovations in Plastics and the Automotive awards, while a prepaid energy meter molded from recycled PET for Colombia’s Excelec & Cia was the Peoples Choice award winner. See these and other 2009 IPDC award winners, at this page.


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