Plastics Packaging Expertise At Free PDM Event

Stuart Pritchard March 19, 2019

The free-to-attend PDM event will take place at Manchester Central Convention Complex on 11-12 June

Recyclability, sustainable product design and packaging compliance are among the topics to be explored at the PDM 2019 exhibition and conference this summer. Organised in partnership between the British Plastics Federation (BPF) and Crain Communications, the free-to-attend PDM event will take place at Manchester Central Convention Complex on 11-12 June. All of those involved in the design, manufacture and recycling of plastic packaging in the UK are invited to register for free entry at

Hot topics to be covered in the free PDM conference include:

  • How a Ban on Plastics Could Increase Damage to the Planet
  • Getting the best from your product designs
  • Marine Litter Panel Discussion and the Image of Plastics
  • PLA bioplastics for sustainable product design
  • The future of Packaging Compliance and Extended Producer Responsibility

Keynote speakers include: Barry Turner, Director BPF Packaging Group, Martin Hyde, Policy Researcher, Comply Direct and Andrew Hulme, Principal Consultant, Smithers Rapra.

A new feature of the PDM2019 exhibition is a dedicated Meet the Experts Hub offering help with all aspects of plastic product design and innovation, material selection, prototyping and manufacturing methods as well as energy and funding advice. The four new “Meet the Experts” stands offering advice to individuals and businesses from expert plastics industry organisations: are:

  • Design for Recyclability provided by RECOUP
  • Polymer Advice provided Plastics Consultancy Network (PCN)
  • Energy Advice provided by BPF Energy
  • Funding Advice provided by UK Circular Plastics Network (UKCPN)

PDM will showcase leading companies from materials, machinery, recycling, toolmaking, moulding, rapid prototyping and ancillary sectors. Exhibitors include Axion Polymers, Biesterfeld Petroplas, Bole Machinery, Engel UK, Faulkner Moulds, Gough & Co Engineering, Gravutex Eschmann, Intouch Monitoring, Meusburger, PIAB, Pentagon Plastics, Plastech Solutions, RECOUP, Renmar Plastics Machinery, RJG Technologies Ltd, Summit Systems, UPM Machinery and many more.

PlastikCity, the dedicated procurement portal for the UK plastics sector will also host a pavilion in the exhibition profiling companies from across the UK plastics manufacturing industry including moulders, mould and toolmakers, machinery and equipment suppliers, compounders, masterbatch and additive suppliers and plastics recycling specialists.

Industry organisations supporting PDM 2019 include the Manchester Polymer Group, the Plastics Consultancy Network (PCN), UK Circular Plastics Network (UKCPN), the PMMDA, Scottish Plastics & Rubber Association (SPRA), Composites UK, PlastikCity, RECOUP, Smithers Rapra and Business Manchester.

For more information on exhibiting and to register to visit PDM 2019 exhibition and conference visit: