Plastic Materials & Product Development

Understanding plastic materials to support product development 

Durable, lightweight and versatile … plastic materials can give excellent market advantage.  But, they have their own design rules depending on the material and method of processing.

This one-day course is full of relevant industry know-how to make your job easier!  Learn from our course presenters who have worked in the industry and have decades of experience behind them.

You will gain a greater understanding of plastic materials in products and components to enable you to achieve robust designs.  Learn about methodology for material selection, how to avoid premature failure and rules for design associated with mechanical loading.

When developing products it’s important to consider the environmental impact and this course will look at strategies for minimising environmental impact.

Whether you are developing medical devices, packaging, industrial products, automotive or aerospace components … if you are designing with plastics – this course is for you!


What will I learn?
  • Material selection methodology, types of thermoplastics and their strengths and weaknesses
  • Using long-and short term material mechanical properties
  • The golden rules for injection moulding design
  • Cost reduction strategies
  • Meeting regulatory requirements and building environmental strategies into design
  • Using finite element analysis data in your product design
  • Investigating design failure


How will I benefit?
  • Develop and maintain durable, cost-effective plastic products using the correct material grades
  • Avoid premature product failure
  • Use material supplier information effectively
  • Reduce product environmental impact
  • Increase confidence in managing your part of the plastics product supply chain
  • Avoid premature product failure


Why take part in this PS Partnerships course?
  • Learn from experts who have worked in the industry!  Course presenter, Dr Paul Shipton (Technical Director) is an experienced trainer with over 30 years’ experience designing plastic products and supports businesses with plastic technology consultancy.
  • Suzanne Johnston, (Operations Director) supports businesses with product regulatory compliance and environmental impact.
  • Before the course you have the opportunity to participate in a delegate video call where you can discuss your learning requirements and interest with a course presenter … to find out about any specific interest you have and answer any questions.
  • You will get a copy of all the course materials
  • Relevant to industries such as medical device, packaging, industrial products, automotive and aerospace


Who should attend?
  • Designers and Designer Engineers
  • Process Engineers
  • Moulders and manufacturers
  • Quality professionals in the plastic product supply chain
  • Buyers and plastic product supply chain managers

We can tailor any of the PS Partnerships training courses to suit the individual needs and requirements of your business.  If you would like the course to be run at your site and cover your specific products, materials and services get in touch at


17th February 2022 | Start time: 9:30AM | Telford, UK

6th April 2022 | Start time: 9:30AM | Telford, UK

19th October 2022 | Start time: 9:30AM | Telford, UK

Course Fee: £445, plus VAT

A great insight into the world of plastics and product development to achieve cost-effective, robust and regulatory complaint designs