CHICAGO (June 11, 9:25 a.m. EDT) — Designers and plastics experts will gather June 26 at the NPE show in Chicago for a one-day educational and networking seminar on global design trends and business challenges. The event will explore what's new in industrial design, materials and processes, and will feature a panel discussion on designer-vendor relations and a session on the challenges of doing business internationally.
The conference — organized by the Dulles, Va.-based Industrial Designers Society of America and co-presented by Plastics News — will be held in McCormick Place Room N128. Herbst LaZar Bell Vice President Mark Dziersk will spearhead a design trends panel featuring HLB design director Greg Holderfield, as well as Betsy Goodrich, vice president of design for Manta Product Development Inc. and Charles Austen Angell, IDSA's executive vice president who recently stepped down as top design official at Logic Product Development.
The session will assess the influence and impact designers have on the development and volume usage of polymers in product development. The panel also will discuss the environmental and social implications of polymer selection as well aesthetic and functional requirements.
Later that morning, Warren Ginn, a designer with Integrated Design Systems who chairs IDSA's Materials & Processes Section, will moderate a panel exploring how materials suppliers, designers and processors can communicate and cooperate more effectively. That session will include: plastics engineering and design veteran Glenn Beall; Rick Noller, business development manager for specialty plastics at Eastman Chemical Co.; Stefan Rasch, application development director for Mack Molding Co.; Mark Schuchardt, design leader at DuPont Engineering Polymers; and Randy Stone, regional marketing manager-Americas at DuPont Dow Elastomers.
Zach Kaplan and Keith Schacht, co-founders of Chicago-based Inventables LLC, will conduct a show-and-tell of plastics that look like metal and other novel polymeric materials and technologies. Then David Kusuma, senior director of worldwide engineering for Tupperware Inc., will direct a panel discussion about the challenges of manufacturing and designing internationally. Panelists will include John Van Akkeren, Chicago-based vice president and general manager of Radius Product Development; Ron Guillard, a principal with Texas design consultancy Ignition Inc.; and Alan Hart, Cambridge, England-based manager of product development for Swiss technology company Generics Group AG.
Registration costs $345 for IDSA members and $445 for nonmembers, which includes discounted admission to NPE. To register or for more information, visit www.idsa.org/whatsnew/npe.htm or contact IDSA by e-mail at [email protected] or tel. (703) 707-6000. On-site registration will be available.