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2010

INPRESS CHALLENGE FOR DESIGN STUDENTS

Inpress, a market leader in the field of pressed panels for furniture in caravans and longboats, decorative panels and other uses, has challenged design students from De Montfort University to utilise the innovative technology used by Inpress to design a totally new, commercially viable product.

A group of 15 Furniture Design and Product Design students, who are currently studying their second year of Honours degree courses, toured the factory to understand more about how the membrane-pressing process can be applied to the production of domestic furniture and other commercial products.

The students will then use a combination of drawing and modelling to develop their design concepts. These ideas will be judged and a shortlist of finalists will be asked to develop their designs further using a CAD package. A winning design will be selected and the student will be invited to undertake a work placement with Inpress to develop the design concept into a production ready idea.

Graham Case, Inpress Technical Developments Manager explains: “This is a very exciting project for both us and the students. It will help the undergraduates understand the commercial realities of design and we will benefit from their original ideas and a new look at the market place we operate in.”

“Innovation has led the growth of the Inpress business and we constantly push the boundaries of new technology in order to provide unique solutions for our clients. We are sure that the students will provide some new solutions and are anticipating some great submissions.”

Initial design concepts are to be submitted by the end of March from which three final designs will be selected. A winner will be announced in April and their design will go into production by Inpress by the end of the year, following a work placement in the summer.

Inpress offers tailored services to a small number of bespoke customers; selling door fronts and furniture panels to a selection of manufacturers including bedroom furniture, house builders, caravan furniture, longboats and shop fitters.

 

INPRESS IS IMPRESSED BY COMPETITION WINNER MATT

Inpress, a market leader in the field of pressed panels for furniture, decorative panels and other uses, was so impressed with a young designer who won a work placement with them for the summer that they extended his placement for an extra month.

University student Matt Smith was the lucky winner of a competition set up earlier this year through De Montford University and Inpress. The competition invited the Furniture Design and Product Design students to utilise INpress’ innovative technology to design a totally new, commercially viable product.

Matt’s furniture design, a five drawer chest, won him the competition and a work placement at Inpress over the summer break.

Graham Case, Inpress Technical Developments Manager comments: “Matt has thoroughly impressed us throughout his placement. He has shown great promise and successfully taken on the role of a designer’s; interpreting briefs and producing exciting designs.

“Matt has even created a prototype for a new point of sale display, which we will use in the show homes of our Hammonds New Homes division. He has also worked on some exciting, vibrant wall panels which are currently being manufactured for Inpress.”

Matt adds: “This placement has been excellent and I feel I have learned such a lot during my time at Inpress.”

Graham adds: “The competition was a first for us and it has been a huge success. The calibre of students is clearly very high and both Matt and the company have gained a lot from this year’s placement.”

Inpress offers tailored services to a small number of bespoke customers; selling door fronts and furniture panels to a selection of manufacturers including bedroom furniture, house builders, caravan furniture, longboats and shop fitters.

 

Competition winner Matt Smith with some of his prototypes and designs.

 

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