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Plastics Design SPI Extends Entry Deadline for International Design Contest

Author / Editor: Eric Culp / Jürgen Schreier

Anyone wishing to participate in the second International Plastics Design Competition (IPDC) has until February 28 to submit products for consideration, and winners will be announced at the National Plastics Exhibition (NPE2012) in Orlando, Florida, on the evening of April 3.

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SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association is organizing the contest and said plastic products from any end market and any country in the world qualify for the competition. Entries may be submitted online at www.plasticsdesign.org. Both finished products and components are eligible, and any individual or company along the supply chain—designers, toolmakers, processors, material suppliers, equipment builders or OEMs—can participate in the IPDC.

Photos and details for most entries will be posted at www.plasticsdesign.org, which currently hosts information about the winners of the inaugural 2009 competition. Visitors to the site will eventually be able to cast their votes for a 2012 People’s Choice award. At NPE2012, products or parts entered into the competition will be displayed in a prominent area of the show called Technology Central. Winners and their supply chain contributors will be recognized and honoured at the awards ceremony.

All awards other than the People’s 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, from agriculture to transportation. There will be 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 honouring advances in sustainability, and other special awards. In addition, a separate panel of judges chosen by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) will select the winner of an award cosponsored by the IDSA and the industry newspaper Plastics News.

For further information:

SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association

Washington, DC, USA

www.npe.org

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