September 12
Design Innovation in Plastics 2013 registration now open

'Saving Lives': Design for Disaster Relief

Newbury, UK – Bayer MaterialScience is once again headline sponsor for the Design Innovation in Plastics (DIP) competition. Undergraduate and postgraduate design students in the UK, enlisted for the academic year 2012-13, can now register to be part of Europe’s longest running students design award.

The brief for the DIP 2013 competition will focus on: ‘Saving Lives: Design for Disaster Relief’. The threat of disaster, be it natural or man-made, is an ever-present concern to us all. It can strike at any time and in any place, caused either by natural forces such as the floods in the UK, the tsunami that struck Japan and the earthquakes in China or by acts of war, terrorism and political instability. Whatever the cause, a disaster has a profound effect on humankind and the need for aids to help preserve human life is paramount.


Seamus Gillan, senior country representative, Bayer MaterialScience UK/Ireland, says: “Bayer is proud to sponsor the Design Innovation in Plastics competition, as we feel it’s important for industry to work with the students and universities.


“The students are our product designers of the future and we need to use these opportunities to encourage them to be creative and learn about the different materials available for their innovative creations.”


Students are invited to design a product, mainly in plastics, that will help to alleviate the suffering of disaster victims. It should be readily transportable in high volume to stricken areas and easy to use in potentially chaotic and challenging environments. Consideration should also be given to the re-use and disposal of the product. Since many of these products are purchased and distributed by charitable organisations, the economics of manufacture and distribution should also be taken into account.


Martin Sixsmith, DIP chairman, comments: “This is a really challenging brief, but an exciting one too. We need to be innovative and look at new ways to tackle any disaster and this competition is the perfect platform for design students across the UK and Ireland, to be creative and design a product which could help make a big difference!”


Online registrations need to be received by Friday 26th October and entries submitted by Friday 22nd February 2013, with judging taking place in March. Information on how to enter can be found at Entries will be judged on the effective use of plastics as well as showing an understanding of the needs of disaster victims, manufacturing costs, sustainability principles and commercialisation.


DIP is co-organised by the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3) and the Worshipful Company of Horners, a City Livery Company that has forged strong links with the plastics industry. The competition wouldn’t be possible without its industry sponsors: PlasticsEurope, DePuy International, PDD, Hi-Technology Group, Brightworks and Hellermann Tyton.




Andrea Postles, Bayer communications, Email:, Tel: 01635 563 031

Sylvia Katz, Award Coordinator,, Tel: 020 7503 5949


Note to editors

1. Established in 1985, Design Innovation in Plastics is now the longest running student plastics design award in Europe. For more information on the competition, visit


2. The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) was created from the merger of The Institute of Materials (IOM) and The Institution of Mining and Metallurgy (IMM) and now incorporates the Institute of Packaging. The IOM3 is the professional body for the advancement of materials, minerals and mining to governments, industry, academia, the public and the professions. For more information visit


3. The Worshipful Company of Horners is one of the oldest livery companies in the City of London and was formed to regulate the horn-working trade. In 1943 it adopted its modern equivalent, the plastics industry. For more information visit


4. Competition sponsors include, Bayer MaterialScience, PlasticsEurope, DePuy International, PDD, Hi-Technology Group, Brightworks and Hellermann Tyton


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