Design Innovation in Plastics – 2020 finalists announced

3 Jun 2020

Six university students have won their way to the final of the 2020 Design Innovation in Plastics competition having been asked to design a product for urban living.

Students from Brunel, Coventry, De Montfort, Dublin (two), and London Southbank have made the final and will represent their universities at final judging at the end of May.

With a focus on ‘Improving lifestyle and saving resources’, this year’s theme challenged the students to come up with a new product that would enhance life in a city environment, for use in a flat or while commuting.

IOM3 and the Worshipful Company of Horners, along with headline industry sponsor, Covestro, wanted to see how students would respond to the increasing demands of today’s social and environmental trends.

Against the backdrop of the Coronavirus pandemic, the panel of renowned industry judges critiqued more than 100 entries via video conference to choose their final six. Chairman of judges, Richard Brown, comments, ‘The six finalists’ entries offered a diverse range of solutions to challenges such as pollution, how to stay fit – particularly in confined spaces – and how to make best use of that space. They showed a good grasp of the brief, and the overall creativity of these six solutions is excellent. A good number of entries displayed how they generated and developed their ideas, which is a key area to help the judges understand the journey from concept to product.’

The judges have given feedback to all the students, requesting further thought into some aspects of their designs, which will then be presented by each student at the final judging. This session will take place for the first time via video conference.

First prize is a visit to the headline industry sponsor and leading polymer manufacturer, Covestro, in Leverkusen, Germany, along with a cash prize. Each of the six finalists will also receive a short industry placement with one of the competition sponsors – Brightworks, Innovate Product Design, PDD and RJG Technologies.

For all the finalist’s entries and more about the competition, visit

Written by Sara Bartlett DIP publicity officer