SMC BMC DESIGN AWARD FINALIST RECEIVES GREAT SUPPORT
During the FIRst edition of the SMC BMC Design Award in 2017, Ruben Silva was one of the finalists presenting his innovative Cork table design to the audience at the Composite Europe trade show. Since then, Ruben was able to greatly enhance his design and make it ready for commercialization with the support of the European Alliance for SMC BMC.
For the SMC BMC Design Award Ruben Silva designed an innovative table with ice bucket (designated “Cork Table”), creating a unique and distinctive furniture concept. The table with ice bucket has an elegant and ergonomic shape that can be easily used outdoor, both in a public and a private environment. The table user has cool drinks at hand on a sunny beach, while simultaneously having a “cool” table at the side. The Cork table can be easily customized for multiple end-uses and promotional purposes. The original design can be viewed through http://smcbmc-europe.org/award-finals2017-pdf/18-Cork.pdf.
Together with the other finalists, Ruben was invited to present his design to an international audience during the SMC BMC Design Award Ceremony at Composites Europe trade show in Stuttgart, Germany. “For me it was a great experience to be able to present my design to the world”, explains Ruben Silva. “Participating in the design contest and having the opportunity to be in Stuttgart gave me a great exposure and insight in how my ideas can grow into real products”.
SUPPORT IN COMMERCIALIZATION
Ruben was invited by Menzolit (one the members of the European Alliance for SMC BMC) to travel to the company’s factories in Granollers (close to Barcelona, Spain). There he visited the Menzolit SMC manufacturing operations, an SMC toolmaker, as well as a commercial SMC molding shop in order to have a full appreciation of the entire SMC supply chain. In addition, Ruben received support to protect the Cork table design at the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).