Finalists announced for Design Innovation in Plastics Award

13 Apr 2011

The finalists have been
announced for the 2011 Design Innovation in Plastics Award. This year's
competition challenged student designers and design engineers to address the concerns of day-to-day life while
bringing fun and pleasure to the lives of users.

Even more students entered this year compared to last, and the judging panel, chaired by Richard Brown,
Operations Director for Hi-Technology Group, has selected the following

  • Hugging Angel, Bumki Cho, Northumbria University. A warm-hearted valet chair that holds your clothes
    and belongings with affection.
  • Little Helper, Russell Tuit, Northumbria University. An educational children’s product to turn
    family shopping into a pleasurable activity and encouraging parent-child
    bonding and early behavioural routines.  
  • Spine Toothbrush, Teerapon Techapanichgul, Royal College of Art. A toothbrush with a replaceable brush head that is
    made less plastic than a traditional toothbrush.
  • Moving Shelving for Primary Schools, Lewis Pearson, Swansea Metropolitan University. An interactive library shelving system for
    children aged 3-6 years.
  • Paint Stream, James Whitfield, University of Huddersfield. A waste-reducing paint tray.
  • Sky Rise, Christopher Hyde, University
    of Huddersfield. A dual-function teacher’s
    chair for use in primary school classrooms.


Design Innovation in Plastics Award allows feedback from the judges so the
finalists can refine their designs before the final judging, on 26 May. Each of the finalists will receive a placement with one of the sponsors: Bayer MaterialScience in
Leverkusen, DuPont in Geneva, PDD innovation consultancy, Brightworks design
consultancy, Hellermann Tyton and Hi-Technology Group.

The Award is championed by
the IOM3 and the
Worshipful Company of Horners, an ancient City Livery Company that has forged
strong links with the plastics industry. The 2011 headline sponsor from
industry is Bayer MaterialScience, one of the world’s largest producers of
polymers and high performance plastics. Additional support has been given from the PDD Group, DuPont Engineering Polymers, PlasticsEurope, the Materials KTN,
Hi-Technology Group, Brightworks and Hellermann Tyton. Support from media
partners Materials World, Mould Technology and newdesign is also greatly


Further information 

Sylvia Katz, Award
Coordinator tel: 020 7503 5949  

Design Innovation in Plastics website