As a plastics processor, you may have a general sense that if you could work more with product designers, it could be good for business. After all, you'd be in on the ground floor of new projects, and you'd have an opportunity to help design them to take advantage of your company's expertise. But how can you reach out to the design community? Cobourg, Ontario-based Horizon Plastics International Inc. has a reputation for recognizing the importance of nurturing and developing industrial design talent and education. Along those lines, today the company announced that it has selected Amanda Ruscica, a Humber College graduate student, to receive the company's inaugural scholarship based on her entry at the recent Rocket Design Show and Competition sponsored by the Association of Chartered Industrial Designers of Ontario. Ruscica stood out for her unique design of a bicycle trailer called the "Karyolla," which can use the advantages of Horizon's structural foam and structural web molding processes. The company found her by attending an event where graduates from the province's three schools of industrial design -- Carleton University, Humber College, and the Ontario College of Art & Design -- meet industry representatives to see product ideas from Ontario's future designers. "Today it is more important than ever that we support and foster innovation to ensure that we build successful products, companies and industries for the future. We are certainly glad to have the opportunity to be part of that future." says Peter Garvey, president of Horizon Plastics International. (Photo caption: Mark Walsh, key account manager for Horizon Plastics International, presents the scholarship to Amanda Ruscica).
Horizon nurtures industrial design talent
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