VNU Rapid News Co. Ltd announce further expansion of TCT portfolio in China with exciting new TCT Shenzhen event scheduled for October 2019.

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Shanghai, PR China and Chester UK, October 31st 2018 – Building on four editions of the highly successful annual TCT Asia event in Shanghai, VNU Rapid News Co Ltd is pleased to announce a second location for the TCT brand in China. 

TCT Shenzhen will take place October 15-17th 2019 at the Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center. Shenzhen has developed into an international design and manufacturing powerhouse and the TCT series of events, renowned around the world for showcasing the latest in design-to-manufacturing innovation technologies, will be perfectly located to serve this unique and fast-growing market.

The TCT portfolio has been at the forefront of additive manufacturing, 3D printing, design and engineering technology for more than twenty years. This unprecedented heritage means that the group is perfectly placed to lead the education process as users across China identify the business benefits of adopting the latest 3D technologies.

Emerging technologies such as additive manufacturing, 3D printing and other 3D technologies are enabling manufacturers to reduce time to market, produce stronger and lighter parts, improve efficiency, reduce waste, cost and emissions, and create products and geometries that could not be created before.

Increased awareness of these real benefits of using advanced manufacturing technologies will encourage more companies to adopt these technologies, which will ultimately improve their ability to compete on the global stage. 


Duncan Wood, Chairman of VNU Rapid News Co. Ltd and Chief Executive of Rapid News Publications Ltd, said, “This is the next exciting step for our Joint Venture. Our Shanghai event is now rightly recognized as the leading additive manufacturing and 3D printing event in China and we are now delighted to be building on this platform with a new event in one of the most innovative cities on the planet. Shenzhen has proven to be a city that adopts new technology quickly and we look forward to showcasing the best that the industry has to offer to this region.”

David Zhong, CEO, VNU Exhibitions Asia commented, "Our team have displayed a huge amount of enthusiasm and creativity to drive TCT Asia in Shanghai to huge success. Now we are turning our attention to Shenzhen, a center of Chinese entrepreneurship and ingenuity, we can expect a similar level of energy and passion to deliver fantastic results for our visitors and exhibitors in this new location.”

Engel and Summit Systems commit to machine spectacular in Interplas’ newest hall

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Chester, 11 OCtober 2018 Engel and Summit Systems have announced they will collaborate on a technology spectacular when they exhibit at Interplas in 2020.

The two companies have secured prime positions at the front of Hall 3 of the NEC in Birmingham, to maximise the opportunities offered by the show’s new, increased size. 
 
Interplas in 2020 will, for the first time in 15 years, have two full halls of exhibition space, with two separate entrances. This expansion represents an increase in size of 25 per cent versus the last event in 2017.
 
Previously both Engel and Summit Systems have taken stands in Hall 4, however, both companies say that the opportunity to expand stand size enables them to have plenty of their machines operating mechanically, supplemented by visual displays.
 
Additionally, Summit Systems will supply an Engel injection moulding machine with a discrete loading system to showcase the firm’s very latest technology.
 
“There’s always a huge buzz surrounding Interplas, it’s great to see it growing more recently,” explained Meghan Jordan, Marketing and Events at Summit Systems. “Obviously it was five halls in the eighties then it went down to one, so it’s great to see it on the up again.”
 
She continued: “For the first time in 15 years there’ll be two halls, each with their own entrance, which just proves how popular and exciting the event has become. As a business, we’ve continued to invest in Interplas, supported by the strong UK market, and we are looking forward to showing our new innovations to customers old and new in 2020.” 
 
Interplas, which is the UK's largest plastics industry exhibition, is expecting some 14,000 attendees and 500 exhibitors when it takes place from 29 September – 1 October 2020.
 
Duncan Wood, CEO of Rapid News Group, which organises Interplas, said: “For major industry names such as Engel and Summit Systems to secure prime positions in a new hall shows the confidence they have in Interplas.
 
“The show is going from strength to strength and, by expanding the hall space available, we are able to offer the UK plastics industry an event that showcases more machinery and technology, offers more networking opportunities and connects more individuals than any other.”
 

Interplas 2020 will take place at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham, from 29th September – 1st October 2020. Visit www.interplasuk.com for more information.

Registration launched for the UK’s leading medical design and manufacturing event

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Chester, 1st October 2018. Registration is now open for Med-Tech Innovation Expo, the UK and Ireland’s leading showcase for medical design and manufacturing technology. Free-to-attend, this exciting event brings together the medical engineering and manufacturing community; more than 200 companies from all areas of the medical device supply chain engaging with 4,000+ visitors across 2 action-packed days.

For the first time, the event will be held at the NEC, Birmingham. The move was announced during the 2018 expo and means a larger show with more exhibitors and exciting new features focused on medtech, medical plastics, digital devices, pharmaceutical manufacturing technologies and early-stage innovations. The expansion of the event is reflected in the conference and seminar programme which will now be held across three stages.
 
With vastly improved accessibility both for UK and international attendees, the organisers are anticipating a step-up both in overall visitor numbers and also in the percentage of those attending from abroad. Holly Delaney, Marketing Manager for the event said; “We’re so excited for Med-Tech Innovation Expo 2019. There’s so much on offer in a bigger space with better travel links, more accommodation and even more of the high-quality exhibition stands our visitors have come to expect. We’re in one of the largest and fastest-growing industries in the world, its time our community had a show on the scale it deserves.”
 
As in previous years, the event will feature new product and company launches alongside live demonstrations of the latest machines, technology, applications, materials, products and services. Attendees will also benefit from an enhanced conference and seminar programme, learning from thought-leaders across the Med-Tech Innovation Conference (produced in association with Medilink UK), the HealthTech Stage and brand-new Med-Tech Introducing stage.
 
Returning show favourites include the GTMA Pavilion, the Medilink UK Pavilion and Inspex - a focus on the challenges and opportunities for metrology and inspection within the wider healthcare industry. New for 2019 will be the Acceleration Zone, a feature designed to help take new ideas and organisations to the next stage by presenting the latest innovations, research projects, start-ups and spin-outs to the wider market.
 
Med-Tech Innovation Expo brings together designers, engineers, innovators and manufacturers from all corners of the medical, pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors to source products, explore new ideas, understand emerging technologies and do business. The solutions on the show floor will help them design the next generation of medical and pharmaceutical devices.
 

Med-Tech Innovation Expo will be held in Hall 2 of the NEC, Birmingham (UK) from 15-16 May 2019. Attendance is completely free, find out more at www.med-techexpo.com

Three inductees join the TCT Hall of Fame, BMW, EasyJet and the European Space Agency amongst prestigious award winners

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Thursday 27th September 2018 – During a gala dinner held last night at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, the second annual TCT Awards celebrated the people, technology and collaborations behind the best in design-to-manufacturing innovation.
 
TCT has always existed at the intersection of technology and applications, and the celebratory evening recognised this. The best uses of these ground-breaking technologies are collaborative projects and the TCT Awards recognise the partners in the projects from designers and engineers to the technology providers. 
Hosted by Robert Llewellyn, a renowned British actor and presenter, the almost 300 guests celebrated into the early hours.

In addition to the 14 competitive award categories, the TCT Group inducted three more maestros of manufacturing into the TCT Hall of Fame. Professor Emanuel (Ely) Sachs, Dr Carl Deckard and Greg Morris were honoured during the evening for their contribution to the industry and to the growth in technology adoption.
 
Duncan Wood, Chief Executive of Rapid News Publications Ltd, commented:
 
“Once again it was a privilege to share an evening with so many truly exceptional people. All of the winners are to be congratulated for their successes, and of course in particular the Hall of Fame inductees need a special mention, their innovation, entrepreneurship and commitment has played a huge part in the development and success of the industry.
 
I must also thank our sponsors 3ecruit, as well as our supporting partner, Innovate UK for their endorsement of the event and of course our judges. The TCT Awards night is fast becoming THE night of the year for the industry and we are looking forward to the 2019 edition already!”
 
TCT Awards 2019 will take place in Birmingham, UK on Wednesday 25thSeptember 2018. Please keep an eye on the official website www.tctawards.com for updates.
 
TCT Hall of Fame inductees 2018
Dr Carl Deckard- Inventor of Selective Laser Sintering 
Greg Morris- Process Pioneer and Application Specialist 
Prof Emanuel ‘Ely’ Sachs- Inventor of Binder Jet Printing

2018 Winners and Highly Commended
 
TCT Aerospace Application Award 2018 
 
Winner 
Project MELT 
Tech Lead: BEEVERYCREATIVE
End User: European Space Agency        
Partners: Sonaca Space, OHB-System, Active Space Technologies
 
Highly Commended:
Liquid Rocket Engine Injector
Tech Lead: 3D Systems
End User: DLR
Partners: PLD Space
 
TCT Automotive Application Award 2018
 
Winner 
BMW i8 roadster SLM bracket
Tech Lead: SLM Solution 
End User: BMW       
Partners:  SLM Solutions, Materialise, Altair Engineering
 
Highly Commended
LightHinge+
Tech Lead: Simufact Engineering
End User: Edag Engineering 
Partners: Voestalpine Additive Manufacturing Center, Edag Engineering, Hirtenberger
 
TCT Consumer Product Application Award 2018
 
Winner 
Vitamix Nozzle
Tech Lead: Carbon
End User: Vitamix    
 
Highly Commended
MINI YOURS Customised 
Tech Lead: HP, Carbon, EOS
End User: BMW
 
TCT Creative Application Award 2018
 
Winner 
Embrace - Jewellery with embedded gemstones
Tech Lead: Cooksongold 
End User: Boltenstern        
Partners: Heimerle + Meule, University of Technology Vienna, Hafen City University Hamburg
 
Highly Commended:
Ancient Roman Helmet
Tech Lead: Custom Prototypes
 
TCT Hardware Award 2018 – Non Polymers 
 
Winner 
LightSPEE3D
Tech Lead: SPEE3D
 
Highly Commended:
Desktop Metal Production System
Tech Lead: Desktop Metal
 
TCT Hardware Award 2018- Polymers
 
Winner 
E3D Tool-Changer
Tech Lead: E3D Online
 
Highly Commended
Essentium High Speed Extrusion (HSE)
Tech Lead: Essentium
Partners: BASF
 
TCT Healthcare Application Award 2018 
 
Winner 
Pre-op planning model aids world first surgery 
Tech Lead: Axial 3D 
End User: Belfast City Hospital     
 
Highly Commended
Single socket upper limb prosthetics 
Tech Lead: EOS
End User: Glaze Prosthetics
Partners: Cabiomede, New Era Materials
 
TCT Industrial Product Application Award 2018
 
Winner 
Mass customisation of copper inductors
Tech Lead: Trinckle 3D
End User: PROTIQ  
 
Highly Commended
DFAM Rollertrain Bearing Cages
Tech Lead: Bowman Additive Production
End User: John Handley Bearings
Partners: EOS, Europac3D, DyeMansion, 3DPRINT-UK
 
TCT Materials Award 2018- Non Polymer
 
Winner 
SABIC EXL AMHI240F filament
Tech Lead: Sabic
Partners: RP+M
 
Highly Commended:
EPX 82
Tech Lead: Carbon
 
TCT Materials Award 2018- Polymers
 
Winner 
NanoSteel BLDRmetal L-40
Tech Lead: Nanosteel
 
Highly Commended
Copper C18150
Tech Lead: Stratasys Direct Manufacturing
 
TCT Metrology Award 2018
 
Winner 
Aircraft Damage Assessment
Tech Lead: 3D Systems
End User: Easyjet    
Partners: OR3D
 
Highly Commended
Artec Leo 
Tech Lead: Artec 3D
 
TCT Post-Processing Award 2018
 
Winner 
DLyte: Metal DryLyte Electropolishing
Tech Lead: Steros GPA Innovate S.L.
 
 
Highly Commended
‘Print-to-Product’ workflow
Tech Lead: Dyemansion
Partners: EOS, Daimler, FKM Sintertechnik, ic! berlin
 
TCT Software Award 2018 
 
Winner 
Materialise e-stage for Metal
Tech Lead: Materialise
 
Highly Commended:
Axial3Dassure
Tech Lead: Axial 3D
 
TCT Rising Star Award 2018 
 
Winner 
HIETA Technologies Ltd
 
Highly Commended:
SPEE3D

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Registration is now open for TCT Show 2018 taking place at the NEC, 25th–27th September

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64 engaging presentations across three stages with an array of world-leading speakers, over 300 cutting-edge exhibitors and inspiring show features.

Chester, June 26th, 2018 — Registration is now open for TCT Show, a world-leading design-to-manufacturing event delivering business-critical insights on 3D printing, additive manufacturing, CAD/CAE, metrology and inspection as well as conventional manufacturing processes such as moulding, casting and CNC machining.

Over 10,000 professionals from 60 countries and 20 key industries including automotive, aerospace, healthcare, consumer products and many more will attend TCT across three show days to be inspired, do business and find solutions for their design and manufacturing challenges.

 

“There’s so much going on at TCT, this year’s event will attract more people and showcase more technology than ever before. With more than 300 exhibitors on the largest show floor to date, more than 60 world-class speaker sessions and exciting interactive show features, visitors will gain key insights into the latest AM and 3D printing technologies, materials and processes that will help shape the future of design-to-manufacturing Innovation.

If you’re serious about improving your design, development and manufacturing processes and want to excel in your industry sector, then you have to visit TCT this September.”  
Scott Humphrey – Marketing Manager, TCT Group

 

Visitors will benefit not only from the opportunity to connect with 300 cutting-edge exhibitors, displaying the most innovative and dynamic technologies and services available on the market, but also from ground-breaking product launches, exciting demonstrations and enthralling presentations from a world-leading speaker line up.

Taking place across three dedicated stages split into key themes, including transport, healthcare, materials, design/CAD software, introduction to AM and skills for AM plus many more, the speaker programme will deliver relevant, inspirational content on exciting stages. The free-to-attend conference and seminar programme at TCT Show presents more than ever in terms of quality, inspiration, innovation and education.

TCT Conference Stage is neatly divided into streams, to help facilitate an efficient visit. The conference features the industry’s most inspirational figures who share their experiences on how technologies are making a real impact in the manufacturing world.

TCT Introducing Stage will feature talks on the latest developments in hardware, software, materials and services, throughout the three days of the event. Stay up-to-date with the state-of-the-art additive manufacturing, 3D printing, inspection, metrology and beyond.

TCT Tech Stage hosts captivating talks on the current issues in the manufacturing world. Leading professionals will share their knowledge on overcoming industrial challenges. They will discuss crucial matters like data ownership, standards, skills and health and safety.

In addition to the conference and seminar programme, visitors to TCT Show will be educated and entertained throughout the three-day event with exciting show floor features including Inspex @ TCT which focuses on inspection and metrology technologies, TCT Inspired Minds powered by CREATE Educationproviding over 300 schoolchildren the opportunity to get a real hands-on experience, The Acceleration Zone a new feature designed to help take new ideas to the next stage and The Forum – an exciting new feature that will house exclusive exhibitor led activities.

 TCT Show will take place in Hall 3 of the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham, UK, from 25-27 September 2018.

 

JTB Communication Design Inc. & Rapid News Publications Ltd. announce partnership on event to accelerate adoption of additive manufacturing and 3D printing technology in Japanese market.

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TOKYO, JAPAN and CHESTER, UK, February 14th 2018 – JTB Communication Design Inc. (JCD) and owner of The TCT Group, Rapid News Publications Ltd (Rapid News) have today announced the formation of a partnership to jointly organize and develop JCD’s 3D Printing Japan event from 2019.
The two organizations are confident that the new event, to be renamed TCT Japan, will draw ever growing numbers of industry professionals together in Tokyo to address the challenges of additive manufacturing, 3D printing, design and engineering, driving greater adoption across all industry sectors resulting in a positive impact on the Japanese manufacturing industry.

3D Printing Japan is currently running its fourth edition (14, 15, 16 Feb 2018) and has established itself as the number one event in Japan for additive manufacturing and 3D printing with impressive growth since 2015. Through its worldwide TCT portfolio, Rapid News has been a leading authority on additive manufacturing, 3D printing, design and engineering technology for more than 20 years.

Emerging technologies such as additive manufacturing, 3D printing and other breakthrough processes are enabling manufacturers to reduce time to market, produce stronger and lighter parts, improve efficiency in production and usage, reduce waste, cost and emissions, and create products and geometries they couldn’t create before.

Increased awareness of the real benefits of using these advanced manufacturing technologies will encourage more companies to adopt them, which will improve their ability to compete on the global stage, a critical step for all major manufacturing economies.

Duncan Wood, Chief Executive of Rapid News Publications Ltd commented: “We are excited to be bringing the TCT brand to Japan. This partnership fits with our mission of accelerating design-to-manufacturing innovation worldwide, and we recognise the demand in Japan for intelligence and information about these exciting technologies.”

“We are delighted to be able to add our trusted brand, content and media power to the experience and expertise of the fantastic team at JCD. It makes for a formidable team, and we look forward both to the debut show next year and to building an amazing TCT Japan event for both visitors and exhibitors alike in the coming years.”

Takahiro Matsui, Director, JTB Communication Design Inc. concluded: “We are pleased to welcome Rapid News as our partner for the new TCT Japan event. Our experience of organizing 3D Printing Japan over the last 4 years alongside the strength of the TCT portfolio and network gives us a superb platform to create a high-quality business matching event for both exhibitors and visitors in Japanese market.”

The first TCT Japan, will take place at Tokyo Big Sight from January 30th to February 1st, 2019.  

 

Med-Tech Innovation Expo Launch and Rebrand

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Chester 16th November. Med-Tech Innovation Expo is the UK and Ireland’s leading showcase for medical design and manufacturing technology. Free-to-attend, this exciting event brings together the medical engineering and manufacturing community; more than 200 companies from all areas of the medical device supply chain engaging with 2,500+ visitors across two action-packed days.
 
This year’s event represents the first with a full 12-month cycle under the new ownership of Rapid Med-Tech Communications (a division of Rapid News Communications Group). Attendees can expect to see more exhibitors, more visitors and more of the cutting-edge technology that keeps the UK and Ireland at the spearhead of global innovation for medical device design and manufacturing.
 
The Med-Tech Innovation Expo brand has received a complete overhaul with a new-look logo, fresh colour palette, enhanced marketing and communications strategy and a brand-new website.
 
Launched this week, the new site features modern design, updated navigation and menus for both mobile and desktop as well as a selection of videos created to entertain and inspire. Site content has been completely re-imagined; improving user experience while delivering a clearer message and organic journey for both prospective exhibitors and visitors.
 
Alongside a multitude of print and digital marketing collateral to be deployed between now and the event in April 2018, the newly launched website acts as a tangible representation of the new owner’s intentions to expand the show further and take it to the next level.
 
“Following our acquisition of the Med-Tech Innovation brand a year ago, we’ve invested heavily in all areas of the business; from sales and marketing to event operations and data management.” explained Duncan Wood, Rapid News Communications Group CEO “The Med-Tech Innovation Expo site-launch and rebrand is a sign of our commitment to the growth and development of this market-leading event. Visit www.med-techexpo.com to see it in action today!”


Med-Tech Innovation Expo 2018 will be held at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, UK, from 25th to 26th April 2018. Attendance is completely free, find out more at www.med-techexpo.com

Registration open for Med-Tech Innovation Expo

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Chester 10th November. Registration is now open for the 2018 edition of Med-Tech Innovation Expo, the UK and Ireland’s leading showcase for medical design and manufacturing technology. Free-to-attend, this exciting event will bring together the medical engineering and manufacturing community; more than 200 companies from all areas of the medical device supply chain engaging with 2,500+ visitors across two action-packed days.
 
The only event serving the whole of the £27bn UK and Irish medical technology sector, Med-Tech Innovation Expo presents a unique platform for medical device design and manufacturing professionals to meet with peers, gain valuable market information and do business face-to-face.
 
At this year’s event, visitors will see the entire spectrum of advanced technology, materials and solutions displayed alongside two conference stages and a whole host of engaging show features designed to educate and entertain.
 
As in previous years, the centrepiece Med-Tech Innovation Conference will address key industry issues in a purpose-built auditorium at the heart of the show floor. With presentations from Samsung Healthcare, the Academy for Healthcare Science, NHS Digital and more, the packed conference programme will continue to set the agenda for debate in the medical technology sector.
 
“As a team, we exist on the cutting-edge of innovation in medical technology.” said Holly Delaney, Visitor Marketing Manager at Med-Tech Innovation Expo; “Striving to advance healthcare, we have once again partnered with Medilink UK to produce a world-class conference programme that will deliver insight and intelligence from a wide range of blue-chip users, government officials and industry experts.”
 
Returning after a successful introduction at last year’s event, the HealthTech Stage (previously known as the Introducing Stage) will see exhibitors and start-ups showcasing the very innovations that will shape the future of medical technology. The open-sided auditorium will once again allow visitors to drop in and out of presentations in line with their needs and interests. With 200+ exhibitors and just two days to meet them all, the HealthTech Stage will be the easiest and most convenient way to get up to date on all the latest industry developments.
 
In addition to the conference and seminar programme, visitors to Med-Tech Innovation Expo will experience exciting show floor features including the Medilink UK Pavilion where experts from Medilink member businesses will present solutions to industry challenges, Inspex (a focus on providers of inspection, measurement and testing hardware, software and services) and much more.
 
Med-Tech Innovation Expo 2018 will be held at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, UK, from 25th to 26th April 2018. Attendance is completely free, find out more at www.med-techexpo.com
 

Interplas Back on Top for British Plastics Industry.

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Chester, 2nd October 2017. After three action-packed days at Interplas 2017, the UK’s largest and leading plastics industry event is being hailed as a resounding success by exhibitors who took part in the triennial showcase for the British plastics industry.
 
Almost 12,000 attendees (audit pending) visited the event at the NEC, Birmingham and they were provided with the opportunity to see a multitude of product launches and demonstrations from almost 500 exhibiting companies, more than 40 inspiring presentations across two conference stages and a host of exciting show features.
 
Interplas was opened on day one by Alison Gill, Current Master of the Horners Livery Company and Bruce Margetts Managing Director of Bericap, and the recently appointed President of the British Plastics Federation (BPF). Margetts said: "We are honoured to be asked to open Interplas 2017…the BPF has had a long association with Interplas ever since its origins. It is great to see the resurgence of this as the premier show in UK plastics.”
 
Feedback from exhibitors on the show floor was extremely positive, “Interplas 2017 was awesome,” said Graeme Herlihy, Managing Director of ENGEL UK. “Interplas feels like it's on top again and pretty much every major player in plastics is here. It's important to be seen here and it's important to have a great stand. I'm happy to say we have had a good show.”
 
Mike Jordan, Managing Director of Summit Systems, also commented: “Yesterday was absolutely full up from the beginning right to the end. Both existing customers and fringe customers. We have had three companies we have never heard of before.”
 
Carl Reeve, Managing Director of Data Plastics, added: “Interplas has been brilliant for us. I think now is a positive time for the industry. Having the show every three years is ideal because exhibitors make a real effort when the event comes around. Interplas 2017 is the best UK plastics show I've been to in 10 years and this is definitely the most positive show I've been to. The quality of leads has far exceeded what we expected.”
 
For the first time, the conference programme was delivered across two stages. The Main Stage, in association with British Plastics and Rubber Magazine hosted world-class presentations from Jaguar LandRover, Nissan, KPMG, P&G and the BPF, while Stäubli, Plastribution and NetComposites presented to full houses on the brand new Interplas Introducing Stage.
 
In addition to the conference programme, exciting features such as the Knowledge Pavilion gave attendees the chance to meet industry trade bodies, consultants and service providers to get expert advice on research and development, skills and education, regulation and materials selection, whilst Mediplas@Interplas and Inspex provided specific technology advice on medical and inspection issues. The new PlastikCity Pavilion presented 20 first time exhibitors to the audience further enhancing the opportunities on the show floor, and the Women in Plastics initiative returned with a hugely successful and well attended networking evening.
 
Duncan Wood, CEO of Rapid News Communications Group, owners of Interplas, commented: “We are delighted to be hearing such great feedback about the show. When we took over management of the show in 2011 our aims were to return Interplas to form, and I think we can safely say the 2017 edition has done this, we are delighted to be able to serve the British plastics industry with a world class platform from which it can project itself to the global market.”
 
“As organisers we pull it all together but Interplas is the success it has become because of the support the industry puts in, in particular our exhibitors who have invested in their stands and make it a show worth attending. Special thanks must go to British Plastics and Rubber, as well as the British Plastics Federation (BPF) and the PMMDA, three pillars in the continued growth of the UK plastics industry and in the growth of Interplas.
 
“We will continue to strive to be the perfect showcase for the British Plastics industry.  A celebration of the best of the sector, a gathering of the brightest people, best technology and most innovative developments, Roll on 2020!”
 

2017 TCT Show Hailed as Major Success by Visitors and Exhibitors

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Chester, 2nd October 2017. The doors closed on the 2017 edition of TCT Show last week. This action-packed 3D technology showcase, held annually at the NEC, Birmingham, offered the opportunity for thousands of eager visitors to experience multiple product launches and demonstrations from almost three-hundred exhibiting companies on the show floor. More than fifty engaging presentations took place and a wealth of exciting show features educated and entertained in equal measure.
 
With a record-breaking expansion of the show floor presenting more exhibitors than ever before, this high octane event connected approximately 10,000 attendees (audit pending) from over forty countries with an exciting and varied range of businesses that stood ready to help them solve their challenges.

Feedback from visitors to the show was extremely positive. Shashi Jain, Innovation Manager, Intel Corporation said: "One of the great things about coming to TCT is not just seeing the exhibitors, but also meeting the people that are their customers. I’ve found that I learned something new every time I spoke to an attendee, which is remarkable. If you’re serious about 3D printing and you want to meet the people who are making it happen, then you must come to a TCT Show."

Pat Warner, Digital Manufacturing Manager, Renault Sport Racing F1 Team commented: "What a great show. Met some fantastic people, made contacts to help solve some problems, left with a huge shopping list!"

There was also a huge amount of positive feedback from exhibitors including Andy Middleton, President EMEA at Stratasys who said: “It’s clear TCT Show has moved up a level. I just spoke to a colleague and said ‘if I was a customer, I would be really confused. There are so many solutions which look and feel relevant for many many customers'. I think it’s one of the challenges for companies like ourselves – clarity in our messaging and explanation of what can be done, and what can’t be done, to help customers make an informed decision if they’re looking to invest in a solution.”

Dana McCallum, Head of Production Partners at Carbon added: "The 2017 TCT Show was a great success, and continues to be the largest additive manufacturing show in the U.K. where companies are able to meet key evangelists in the industry. TCT fosters a community who want to lead the world to do production with additive manufacturing, and we saw this take place last week in several vertical markets including consumer, automotive, industrial and medical." 

The final word can be left to Edward Feng, President of Raise3D who said: "I would recommend anyone to exhibit with TCT. You guys helped us happen."

Start-ups from the UK, France, Germany, Spain and the USA also seized the opportunity to unveil their innovations to the 3D Printing market in the Start Up Zone – including a pitch session where the new companies competed for the coveted 2017 Start Up Award. The winner was FabRX, a start-up company looking to exploit the power of 3D printing for fabricating pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Alvaro Goyanes, co-founder and Director of FabRx was presented with a cheque for £3,000 alongside the winners trophy.

Jim Woodcock, Head of Content for TCT Group, judged the Start-Up pitches and explained: "This application immediately appealed to my own journey from the pharmaceutical world to 3D printing. FabRx's potential application development could open up entirely new therapeutic areas while also addressing challenges such as dosing and compliance."

TCT Show is well-known for offering first-class conference and seminar tracks and this year was no exception. The comprehensive programme, grown and developed for this year’s show, took place across three dedicated stages split into key themes. Over 1000 attendees benefitted from ground-breaking product launches, exciting demonstrations and enthralling presentations from a world-class speaker line up throughout the three-day show.
 
For the first time, the Main Stage gave visitors the opportunity to earn valuable CPD points while learning about research developments and real-life examples of the ways 3D technologies are used within a range of industries from Intel, McLaren Racing, Johnson & Johnson, Sabotage Design, DuPont and more.

Duncan Wood, CEO at Rapid News Publications Ltd, organisers of the TCT Show commented: “An amazing event with so many highlights, new products, new companies, world-class presentations, stunning applications and a surge of energy that sustained everyone across three days of business and networking. Add in the successful inaugural TCT Awards and I think we can reflect on a job well done for the industry. Our mission is to accelerate the adoption of 3D technologies and we can certainly look back on last week as mission accomplished, for now. Whilst as organisers we have had superb feedback we recognise we can't do it without industry support so we thank all our exhibitors, speakers, sponsors and partners for their efforts; they make the show."

"We're already planning for something even bigger and better for next year with an expanded show floor and more features and we look forward to welcoming the industry again in 2018."

3D technology innovation and innovators celebrated by the industry at first TCT Awards ceremony

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Friday 29th September 2017 – The inaugural TCT Awards took place on 27th September 2017 at Birmingham Town Hall, Birmingham UK. The night was dedicated to recognising and celebrating the innovators, technology and collaborators behind the best examples of 3D technology use across the globe.

TCT has always existed at the intersection of technology and applications, and the celebratory evening maintained this approach. The very best cases of these ground-breaking technologies are collaborative projects and the TCT Awards focused on recognising the partners in the projects from designers and engineers to the technology providers. Hosted by Robert Llewellyn, a British actor and presenter, the 285 guests celebrated into the early hours.

In addition to ten competitive award categories the TCT Group launched the prestigious and coveted TCT Hall of Fame to recognise the pioneers and innovators in 3D technologies who have made the most significant contributions to the technologies and their applications.

Duncan Wood, CEO of Rapid News Publications Ltd, comments:

“It was a privilege to share the evening with so many truly exceptional people, all of the winners are to be congratulated for their success, and of course in particular the inductees to the Hall of Fame need a special mention. Without them the industry would be a much less exciting place; their innovation, entrepreneurship and commitment has paved the way for us all to follow. Recognising their contribution to society in this way was important, and our position in the sector enabled us to do this.

I must also thank our sponsors SLM Solutions, Somos, Materialise and 3ecruit, as well as our supporting partner, Innovate UK for their support. All awards entrants and of course the TCT Expert Advisory Board for leading the judging process deserve enormous credit; they all helped turn a good idea into a night to remember, and starting something we will now make an annual celebration of the fantastic advances being made by 3D technologies.”

TCT Awards 2018 will take place in Birmingham, UK on Wednesday 26th September 2018. Please keep an eye on the official website www.tctawards.com for updates.

TCT HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES FOR 2017:

Adrian Bowyer – Founder of the RepRap Project
Scott Crump - Inventor of Fused Deposition Modelling
Chuck Hull – Inventor of Stereolithography Process
Hans Langer – Founder of EOS
Fried Vancraen – Founder of Materialise

2017 WINNERS:

TCT Aerospace Product Application Award

WINNER:
Project: EBAM Space Tanks
Presented to: Lockheed Martin and Sciaky

TCT Automotive Product Application Award

WINNER:
Project: VW Custom Tools
Presented to: Volkswagen Autoeuropa and Ultimaker

TCT Consumer Product Application Award

WINNER:
Project: Adidas Futurecraft 4D Midsole
Presented to: Adidas and Carbon

TCT Creative Product Application Award

WINNER:
Project: Anomalisa Film
Presented to: Starburns Industries and 3D Systems

TCT Healthcare Product Application Award

WINNER:
Project: TriFusion Devices
Presented to: TriFusion Devices, Essentium Materials and BASF

TCT Industrial Product Application Award

WINNER:
Project: Philips Lighting Production Tools
Presented to: Philips Lighting and Materialise

TCT Technology Innovation Hardware Award

WINNER:
Hardware: CBAM Model One
Presented to: Impossible Objects

TCT Technology Innovation Software Award

WINNER:
Software: Polygonica
Presented to: Machineworks

TCT Technology Innovation Materials Award

WINNER:
Material: Polycast
Presented to: Polymaker

TCT Rising Star Award

WINNER:
Presented to: Desktop Metal

2017 HIGHLY COMMENDED

TCT Aerospace Product Application Award

HIGHLY COMMENDED:
Project: 3DOptic Ceramic Aerospace Optics
Presented to: OSE and 3DCeram

TCT Automotive Product Application Award

HIGHLY COMMENDED:
Project: Replacement Bus Parts
Presented to: Daimler, FKM Sintertechnik, EOS and Dyemansion

TCT Consumer Product Application Award

HIGHLY COMMENDED:
Project: Yuniku Customisable Eyewear
Presented to: HOYA Vision Care, Materialise, Hoet Design Studio

TCT Creative Product Application Award

HIGHLY COMMENDED:
Project: Sainsbury’s Christmas Commercial
Presented to: Passion Pictures Ltd, 3D Print Bureau, Mackinnon & Saunders Ltd and Tri-Tech 3D

TCT Healthcare Product Application Award

HIGHLY COMMENDED:
Project: Robotic Suturing
Presented to: Sutrue, Concept Laser and Royal Brompton Hospital

TCT Industrial Product Application Award

HIGHLY COMMENDED:
Project: Project Perun - Nuclear Power Plant Replacement Part
Presented to: Krsko Nuclear Power Plant and Siemens

TCT Technology Innovation Hardware Award

HIGHLY COMMENDED:
Hardware: Rize One
Presented to: Rize 3D

TCT Technology Innovation Software Award

HIGHLY COMMENDED:
Software: Insight
Presented to: Axial 3D

TCT Technology Innovation Materials Award

HIGHLY COMMENDED:
Material: Onyx
Presented to: Markforged

TCT Rising Star Award

HIGHLY COMMENDED:
Presented to: Essentium Materials

Interplas 2017: Britain's plastics showcase to open in just 2 weeks!

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Chester, September 12th, 2017. Interplas 2017, the UK's leading plastics industry event, will open its doors to the public in just two weeks.
 
Under the theme 'Innovation Happens Here', the must-attend triennial exhibition is the only event to cover all manufacturing processes, technologies and services encompassing the plastics industry, with almost 500 exhibitors representing the entire value chain on the expanded show floor.

As well as showcases from the biggest names in the global plastics industry and a conference programme jam-packed with high-calibre speakers, there are numerous special features and events to bring added-value to this three-day showcase of the British plastics industry.
 
To complement the knowledge and analysis top brass on the Main Stage will impart - including presentations from representatives from Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan, KPMG and P&G - Interplas 2017 is debuting the Introducing Stage, offering quick-fire, expert seminars for plastics processors. Topics include machinery investment strategy, additives, new materials, testing and inspection. For a full programme, click here.
 
The Knowledge Pavilion will provide a rare opportunity for visitors to information-gather and network among some of the most influential organisations in the British plastics industry. Representatives from groups including the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), the Polymer Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMMDA) and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), will be on-hand to discuss R&D, training, regulation and the future.
 
Manufacturing plastics for medical applications is given its own conference track as part of Mediplas @ Interplas, which includes a feature zone on the show floor, bringing experts in this high-accountability arena together to take enquiries from visitors about guidance and advice about medical product design and processing.
 
Those seeking to widen their knowledge of how new inspection, testing and measurement technology can benefit their business can attend the Inspex @ Interplas speaker session on September 28th at the Introducing Stage and follow the floor markers to talk to the experts on their stands at Interplas and next door at sister event, TCT Show - one of the worlds leading 3D manufacturing technology events.
 
Women in Plastics returns to Interplas with a special 'Drinks and Links' evening on September 27th, championing females working in the plastics sector. This informal and inclusive reception will feature presentations from influencers and the chance to network, strengthening the good work women are doing to further plastics technology.
 
Finally, true to the 'Innovation Happens Here' theme, Interplas 2017 will premiere the Interplas Innovation Award which will recognise the stand-out innovation an exhibitor has debuted at the show that has the potential to make waves in the industry in the future.
 
Duncan Wood, Interplas CEO, said: “The theme of this year’s event is ‘Innovation Happens Here’ and you can be sure there will be plenty of new products, services and solutions to see. The show floor will host almost 500 exhibitors alongside a number of exciting show features while top-notch minds from influential organisations across plastics, automotive, packaging and technology will deliver a diverse wealth of knowledge across two conference stages. With so much to see and do, you'll be spoiled for choice!”

Interplas 2017 will take place in Hall 4 of the NEC, Birmingham, UK, 26th-28th September. Visitors can register for free at www.interplasuk.com
 

TCT Show 2017: An Overview

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Chester, 12th September 2017. TCT Show is one of the world’s leading events focused on 3D manufacturing technologies. In its 22nd year, this fantastic event continues to deliver business-critical insights on 3D printing, AM, CAD/CAE, metrology and inspection as well as conventional manufacturing processes including moulding, casting and CNC machining.

Reflecting the continued development of the industry it serves, TCT Show has grown enormously for 2017 with a record-breaking expansion of the show floor and more exhibitors than ever before. Visitors to this free-to-attend event will have the opportunity to connect with an exciting and varied range of businesses - almost 300 exhibiting companies including 3D Systems, HP, Renishaw, Stratasys and Envisiontec.
 
Among the many new products and services to be unveiled during this three-day event will be Desktop Metal’s Studio system – the first opportunity for the UK public to see it in action. This affordable metal 3D printing technology is one of the most-talked about in recent times and CEO Ric Fulop will take to the Product Stage on 26th September to demonstrate how the company has made metal 3D printing office friendly.
 
Over on Carbon’s stand, visitors will see various exciting products including the SpeedCell manufacturing system and 3D printed Futurecraft 4D athletic footwear that was launched with Adidas earlier this year. Adidas’ Vice President of Innovation, Gerd Manz, will deliver a Main Stage keynote address on 28th September that will dive deeper into the design and technology that made the Futurecraft 4D a reality.
 
Another must-see will be the global launch of Materialise’s 3DP AdviceHub, a concept aimed at providing expert guidance on all things 3D printing. Visitors can book a spot to put their questions to the Materialise team on anything from file preparation for print and applying lattice structures, to design for AM and how to use AM simulation to reduce the risk of build failure and parts of inferior quality.
 
With so many exhibitors at this year’s TCT Show, it would be impossible to list each exciting innovation to be seen. Not only will there be launches and demonstrations from industry leaders, but also introductions to over 50 new exhibitors including Rize, GE Additive, CIPRES Technology Systems and DyeMansion.
 
Duncan Wood, CEO at Rapid News Publications Ltd, organisers of the TCT Show commented, “Once again we have been able to bring together the entire industry with a record number of exhibitors and the largest show floor ever at TCT. Alongside this, our conference team have put together three days of outstanding programming; there are so many superb presentations going on that planning your time at the show is going to be hard…there is so much to see and do!”
 
Now taking place across three dedicated stages split into key themes, the free-to-attend conference and seminar track has grown in line with the show expansion. The comprehensive programme will deliver relevant content in the most efficient way, offering attendees the chance to benefit from ground-breaking product launches, exciting demonstrations and enthralling presentations from a world-class speaker line up throughout the show.
 
The Main Stage @TCT will host a celebration of innovation in product development, engineering and manufacturing with presentations from Intel, McLaren Racing, Johnson & Johnson, Sabotage Design, DuPont and many more. Now CPD accredited, the Main Stage conference track will present research developments and real-life examples of the ways in which 3D technologies are being used within aerospace, automotive, medical and dental as well as consumer and industrial product design.
 
The Product Stage @TCT will feature both first-time and returning TCT Show exhibitors discussing their latest products and services including materials, software, inspection and scanning. With so many companies exhibiting on the show floor, these 20-minute presentations will give visitors the chance to get all the information they’re looking for in one place. Attendees will hear from Stratasys, Nikon Metrology, Renishaw, Carbon, HP and more.
 
Throughout the event, the Tech Stage @TCT will host a range of CPD certified workshops created to offer attendees a broad range of topics and speakers. Whether a novice or an expert in the AM industry, the programme will have something for everyone; from the “beginners guide to AM” session to a discussion about the health and safety of metal powders.
 
TCT has also teamed up with Women in 3D Printing and Cyant to host the UK’s first ever #3DTalk event - a global event series featuring women in 3D Printing and related industries. Open to everyone regardless of gender, age or expertise level, #3DTalk @TCT will bring together industry leaders and pioneers to share their expertise, experiences and insights during an educational panel session on the Tech Stage.
 
In addition to the conference programme, visitors will be entertained and inspired by exciting show features including Inspex (which focuses on providers of inspection, measurement and testing hardware, software and services) and TCT Inspired Minds - a unique educational experience allowing over 300 schoolchildren to get hands-on with 3D technologies.
 
The Start Up Zone will return bigger and better than ever, introducing most promising start-ups to the industry. With exhibitors coming from the UK, France, Germany, Spain and the USA, it will be a truly global platform for dynamic new businesses to unveil their innovations to the 3D Printing market. Visitors will see launches of software, components, hardware and materials. What’s more, the Start Up Award will also make a much-anticipated return after a successful introduction at last year’s show.
 
Each company exhibiting in the Start Up Zone will have the opportunity to present a short, sharp presentation of their product or service during the Start Up Pitches session on the Tech Stage. An esteemed judging panel will assess the presentations and vote for the best new technology presented at the event. The winning company will receive the coveted Start Up Award!
 
TCT Show will take place at the NEC, Birmingham, UK, from 26th to 28th September 2017. Registration is completely free, find out more at www.tctshow.com

Inspex brand returns to the UK event scene for 2017 with a joint feature at Interplas and TCT Show

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Chester, August 18th 2017. Interplas 2017 is co-located with the UK's leading additive manufacturing event, TCT Show. Together, both exhibitions will be shining a spotlight on measuring, inspection and testing technology in a joint Inspex feature.
 
If you can't measure it, you can't make it. This is a universal truth for plastics processing, mould and tool-making as well as additive manufacturing and 3D printing. The return of Inspex to Interplas and TCT Show will serve to promote the importance of inspection and measurement technology in plastics processing and the new challenges an evolving industry faces as manufacturing technology evolves and pipes become bigger, films get thinner and industry standards get stricter.
 
All providers of inspection, measurement and testing hardware, software and services will be given enhanced visibility at both shows to make sure the valuable innovations they provide are unmissable across the halls. Headline media partner, British Plastics and Rubber magazine, will offer in-depth perspectives on this exciting and often unsung hero of plastics processing.
 
Visitors keen to expand their knowledge of the ways in which the latest and most sophisticated inspection, measurement and testing technology can benefit their business can attend the Inspex presentation track on the TCT Show Product Stage on Wednesday September 27th and on the brand new Interplas Introducing stage on Thursday September 28th, where experts from SolveTech, Impact Solutions, Micro Epsilon, Kistler Instruments, Q Labs and Smithers Rapra will be presenting their take on how best to tackle the inspection challenges of modern plastics processing, and how to future-proof.
 
Leanne Taylor, Interplas Conference Manager said; “Measurement, testing and inspection are integral to a production or manufacturing process, but it can often be difficult for visitors to identify the exhibitors that are offering expertise in these areas on a busy show floor. By clearly highlighting the stands that can supply the information, technology and services applicable to these critical fields, as well as running conference tracks in both shows to illustrate pertinent examples for business, we are providing yet more opportunities to benefit from a visit to the NEC in September.”
 
Inspex @ Interplas & TCT Show will feature on the main exhibition floor for the duration of these three-day events and visitors are encouraged to follow the branded floor markers to learn more about this fast-evolving technology from Inspex exhibitors.

Interplas 2017 will take place in Hall 4 of the NEC, Birmingham, UK, 26th-28th September. Registration is completely free, find out more at www.interplasuk.com

Entries sought for inaugural Interplas Innovation Award

Chester, August 2nd, 2017. Launching for the first time in 2017, the Interplas Innovation Award will recognise the most innovative new product or service exhibited at this year’s Interplas exhibition. The winning entry will be the one that is judged to have the greatest potential impact on the plastics industry in the coming years.
 
Entries can be from any technology area and must explain clearly how the innovation works at a technical level, how the new technology is different and distinct from existing products in the marketplace and how it represents a significant technological advance for the plastics industry.

Entries must also demonstrate the commercial, business, process and efficiency benefits that the innovation brings to the plastics sector. All innovations displayed at Interplas 2017 are eligible to be entered if they have been brought to market during the preceding 12 months.
 
The Interplas Innovation Award will be independently judged by a panel of experts and the winning exhibitor will be notified and presented with the award during the second day of Interplas 2017, September 27th 2017.
 
Interplas CEO Duncan Wood said: "The theme of Interplas for 2017 is Innovation Happens Here, and so we felt it was important to reward the best of that innovation at the show this year. This award will recognise innovation in the plastics industry and put the winning company in the spotlight at the UK's largest gathering of plastics professionals. We look forward to lots of entries from the 300+ exhibitors confirmed for this year’s show."

Entries are welcomed from all exhibitors at Interplas 2017 and can be submitted at the following link - https://www.judgify.me/interplasinnovationawards.

Closing date for entries is September 15th 2017.

Jaguar Land Rover, Siemens and P&G to spearhead elite Interplas 2017 conference line-up

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Chester, July 26th, 2017. A roll call of elite speakers are preparing to present their innovations, predictions and ideas at Interplas 2017, the UK's leading plastics industry event.
 
Top-notch minds from influential organisations across plastics, automotive, packaging and technology will bring a diverse wealth of knowledge to the three-day event on two platforms: the Main Stage and the Introducing Stage, a new feature for the September 26th-28th show.
 
The Main Stage presentations on Day One will be kick-started by Ian Ray, Materials Lead Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover, whose keynote begins the day's theme of 'Automotives: Opportunities for the UK Plastics Industry'.
 
Further trends and observations on the automotive industry and its relationship with the British plastics sector will be addressed by decision-makers from Nissan Europe, SMMT, 3M and many more.
 
Day Two's morning theme of 'Advancing UK Plastics' centres on international trade and Brexit, with the British Plastics Federation's Mike Boswell and experts from KPMG, Siemens Financial Services and the Institute of Export presenting their insights on the uncharted territory of a modern UK plastics industry outside of the EU.
 
The afternoon of Day Two is devoted to plastics technology in the medical arena. Mediplas @ Interplas will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage in healthcare and the circular economy, marketing new plastics technology to the NHS and nanomaterials.
 
Day Three brings 'The Green Room Live' to the Main Stage, shining the spotlight on sustainability. Neil Rogers, Packaging Development Manager at Proctor and Gamble, will begin proceedings with his keynote on how eco-product design and responsible packaging management will be presented within the wider roadmap to closing the plastics circular economy loop.
 
Further specialist insights into the future of plastics technology will be presented on the Introducing Stage, which brings technical and specialist perspectives to the agenda across a variety of subjects in shorter presentations for knowledge-thirsty audiences. Day One will cover Machinery and Process Control with presentations from the likes of Sumitomo Demag and Stäubli Connectors. Day Two homes in on Materials and Design, featuring Plastribution and Albis. Finally, Day Three will put the spotlight on Inspex @ Interplas, a special platform for testing, inspection and measurement technology in the plastics industry, with technical talks from SolveTech, Micro Epsilon and Kistler Instruments.
 
Interplas Conference Manager Leanne Taylor said: “The programme this year is reason alone to pay a visit to Interplas. We’ve sourced speakers that can directly impart information and insight to specifically benefit, advance and grow the UK plastics industry, making it a value-added line-up that can’t be found elsewhere.”
 
Interplas 2017 will take place in Hall 4 of the NEC, Birmingham, UK, 26th-28th September. You can view the conference programme here.

Knowledge Pavilion brings brightest British plastics brains to Interplas 2017

Chester, July 14, 2017. Interplas 2017 will emphasise the importance of cooperation, experience and innovation this September at the Knowledge Pavilion, a new feature for the show.
 
The Knowledge Pavilion embodies the show's theme 'Innovation Happens Here' and will be presented as a dedicated space for engaging in the plastics innovation dialogue with some of the most influential trade bodies, membership associations, consultants and service providers in the industry.
 
The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE); the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN); the Plastics Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMMDA); the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3); the Plastics Consultancy Network (PCN); and The Worshipful Company of Horners will all be represented in the Knowledge Pavilion, offering visitors the opportunity to engage with them.
 
This new and exciting addition to the Interplas 2017 programme gives attendees from every section of plastics processing the chance to develop their industry knowledge and to forge relationships with some of the brightest brains in the industry, who will be on-hand and prepared to give advice on product research and development, materials selection and behaviour, skills and education, and regulation.
 
Taking place from 26th-28th September 2017, organiser Interplas Events Ltd, part of the Rapid News Communications Group, is already anticipating the Knowledge Hub to be a popular feature of the show, which is expected to welcome 400 exhibitors to its expanded show floor at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham.
 
Interplas Conference Manager Leanne Taylor said: "The Knowledge Pavilion will be staffed throughout Interplas by experts from the plastic industry’s leading associations who, together, have an unrivalled knowledge and wealth of experience in a number of areas.  

"Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of this unique chance to find solutions to challenges, ask specific questions, gain important and useful contacts and of course benefit from networking and discussions held on the Pavilion itself."
 
Kevin Horne, Chairman, PMMDA, said: "We are very much looking forward to some interesting and insightful conversations with visitors as part of the Knowledge Pavillion at Interplas. With the PMMDA’s presence as part of this, combined with our 25 members currently signed up to exhibit come September, we believe that the show this year is set to be terrific.
 
"The Pavilion will give visitors an ideal opportunity to ask questions about their specific manufacturing and business needs and receive information and insight on updates that can help businesses remain competitive in a period of uncertainty as Brexit negotiations take place."

Dr Bernie Rickinson, Chief Executive, IOM3, said: "IOM3 is a professional body, which can help people working in the polymer and related industries with their career progression and to gain registered qualifications. Staff will be on-hand on our stand to advise on the process of registration and give details of our member benefits to help individuals in their careers.

"IOM3 also runs a confidential and objective Materials Information Service. Our experts have a wealth of experience and this long running service does everything from finding relevant literature to arranging for testing and consultancy services. We look forward to welcoming visitors to Interplas and to the Knowledge Pavilion."


Interplas 2017 will take place in Hall 4 of the NEC, Birmingham, UK, 26th-28th September. Visitors can register for free at www.interplasuk.com

Interplas champions Women in Plastics with free event

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A free-to-attend networking evening will take place at Interplas to champion Women in Plastics, with supporters of all genders welcome to celebrate plastics' strong community of female talent.

Chester, June 23rd, 2017. On International Women in Engineering Day, Interplas organiser Interplas Events Ltd. is proud to announce the return of the Women in Plastics networking evening, which will champion women working in the plastics processing community.
 
After its successful debut in 2014, the Women in Plastics networking event returns to Interplas on Wednesday 27th September at 17:00-19:00 in Hall 4 of the Birmingham NEC. Both Interplas exhibitors and visitors of all genders are welcome to attend the free event to hear presentations from key influencers, learn more about mentoring opportunities and to network.
 
Speakers confirmed for the Women in Plastics networking evening include Adrienne Houston PhD, Cluster Coordinator for the Woman's Engineering Society (WES) and Director at Eurovacuum Products Ltd., as well as Maryann Wilcox, President of the Society of Plastics Engineers' UK and Sales Manager at Silvergate Plastics.
 
Leanne Taylor, Women in Plastics Group Founder, said: "The Women in Plastics Group aims to champion diversity by highlighting the women in the industry that are doing great work, in every capacity. We have had some fantastic feedback and there is great support from the industry for the group. We need to back this up with events where members can meet face-to-face and discuss the challenges and opportunities facing women working in the modern plastics industry, as well as how to encourage more to choose a career within it. The event at Interplas will provide this and we look forward to encouraging as many people as possible to join us." 

Membership of the Women in Plastics Group is free.
For more information on the event, and to reserve your place, please click here.

Education programme set to inspire next generation of engineers at TCT Show in Birmingham

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Successful student programme TCT Inspired Minds re-launches for 2017 designed to inspire the next generation of engineers with hands on experience of 3D technologies.

Chester, UK, 19th June 2017:  Rapid News Publications Ltd, owners of the TCT Show, is delighted to announce that the TCT Inspired Minds programme will return at the TCT Show later this year. Taking place on 26th-28th September 2017 the programme will run concurrently throughout the three days of the event.
 
TCT remains committed to accelerating the adoption of 3D technologies and inspiring the next generation of product designers and engineers is a key aspect of this mission.  Industry reports deliver a concurrent theme highlighting the continued and expanding demand for more STEM qualified students and the TCT Inspired Minds programme is helping tackle this challenge head on. TCT Inspired Minds will provide over 300 schoolchildren the opportunity to get real hands-on experience at the three-day 3D technology spectacular event inspiring them to continue their STEM education and pursue a career in the 3D printing and additive manufacturing industry.
 
Duncan Wood, Chief Executive Officer at Rapid News Publications Ltd, commented: “The Inspired Minds initiative is central to the TCT mission of helping our community assess and adopt 3D technologies. Educating the next generation is important not only for the students but for the future health of the manufacturing industry as a whole. 3D technology skills are becoming more and more valued by employers and we must ensure that those entering the workforce are sufficiently well trained — Our valued partners Black Country Atelier and The CREATE Education Project Ltd share in that philosophy and we are looking forward to working with them to devise an amazing programme for the students.”
 
Previous editions witnessed students take part in interactive courses designed to complement their existing STEM curriculum right at the heart of the event floor before heading out to the expansive exhibition to look more closely at a selection of over 200 exhibitors and their wares.
 
For 2017, the classroom has been expanded and the range of technologies will mesh with a programme, developed by Black Country Atelier and The CREATE Education Project Ltd, which will encourage pupils to apply real world design and manufacture thinking into their work using a range of technologies that reflect the importance of an integrated set of tools in the classroom and an ecosystem that includes not only technology, but teacher training and the new curriculum.
 
Jing Lu, CEO of Black Country Atelier, said "With the overhaul of Design and Technology due to take effect in schools this year, the future of Design and Technology will inevitably include more modern technologies like 3D printing in the classroom. 3D Printing has been shown to have impact on student engagement, help build resilience, and prepare learners for new, rigorous, Design and Technology qualifications. Inspired Minds 2017 will give students and teachers the chance to get hands-on with the latest 3D technology, be inspired by real industry figures, and see the future of Design and Technology for themselves."
 
Paul Croft, Founder, The CREATE Education Project Ltd adds: “We believe if people are to truly benefit from new technologies they must be given access and provided inspiration and support. This collaboration fits that brief perfectly and we are excited to share our knowledge and welcome more inspired minds to the CREATE Education community.”
 
The programme is designed for students in Secondary School education in the UK. Each session will last approximately two hours and will also give participants entry to TCT Show. Industry led tours of the TCT Show can also be arranged.
 
Schools within the UK wishing to participate should contact Jing Lu at BCA to register their interest and discuss how they can get involved. The places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Email: jinglu@blackcountryatelier.com

TCT Show, taking place from 26th to 28th September 2017, is free to attend and conveniently located in the centre of the UK at the NEC, Birmingham. Register now at www.tctshow.com to ensure your place!