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Patent for 2015 Design in Plastics Competition winner

Alex Bordino supports involvement of young people in plastics industry
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Alex Bordino, a student from Nottingham Trent University, has won this year´s Design in Plastics Competition.

It is essential that young industrial designers of the future are encouraged to find educational opportunities within the plastics industry so that they can come up with innovations of the future.

This was the message outlined by the 2015 winner of the Design Innovation in Plastics (DIP) competition when he addressed delegates at the Knowledge Transfer Network's recent plastics design workshop.

Nottingham Trent University student, Alexander Bordino, has been working hard to raise the profile and importance of innovative plastics design since he won the (DIP) competition, which is supported by Covestro. At the workshop he talked about the challenges he faced when seeking a new and innovative design for the DIP competition - a new generation product which was previously made of metal, and how polymers provided a myriad of opportunities and design advantages.

And his address coincided with the news that the product he designed for the competition, six months ago, has now received its patent, and that he is currently in discussions with potential users. Alex re-designed the internal gear pump mechanism inside whipped-style ice cream machines. He was praised for his ingenuity in reducing the number of parts required to make it, producing something which was light and durable, anti-microbial and which would provide cost savings for manufacturers.

He said: "It was very exciting to learn that my product had received its patent, and by approaching manufacturers, I am now on the next steps towards getting the pump into production.
"I would not have been able to do this had it not been for the opportunities presented by competitions such as Design Innovation in Plastics. It opened my eyes to the many ways in which plastics can be used, and we all realised that it can provide great career opportunities along the way. The industry needs young people because they are the innovators of the future."

Head of Covestro, UK, Seamus Gillan, said: "Polymer products are used in many areas of modern life: they are helping to solve many of the challenges of our time, so we are absolutely delighted that Alex has developed his enthusiasm for high-tech polymers through his design creativity, and that he is making progress with his pump."

Alex Bordino, a third year BSc Product Design student, is currently on a 12-month industrial placement, after which he is due to spend a week with Covestro to meet some of the people behind its polymer innovations, and to talk about the development of his own product.

Headline sponsored by Covestro, with additional support from other market leaders in the fields of design and innovation, the Design Innovation in Plastics competition is one of the most sought after titles for students seeking careers in this forward looking industry.

About Covestro:
With 2015 sales of EUR 12.1 billion, Covestro is among the world’s largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction and sports and leisure industries. Covestro, formerly Bayer MaterialScience, has 30 production sites worldwide and employed approximately 15,800 people (calculated as full-time equivalents) at the end of 2015.

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