Young designers put to the test by Wellingborough packaging firm

Aspiring young designers could see their innovative creations brought to life in a competition launched by a Wellingborough transit packaging company.

PALLITE, based in Sinclair Drive, Park Farm North, launched the 2018 Design Contest at The Big Bang Northants, which is part of a UK-wide programme led by EngineeringUK to bring science and engineering to life for young people aged between nine and 19.

The event, which took place at Silverstone on Wednesday, February 28, attracted more than 4,000 children from primary and secondary schools across Northamptonshire. It is known for taking pride in celebrating and showcasing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) businesses from all over the county.

The appeal of the lightweight, strong, and recyclable paper pallets produced by PALLITE attracted the event organisers to invite Managing Director, Patrick Mulhall, Operations Manager, Richard Darlow and Marketing Manager, Stephanie Munn to exhibit their work.

Patrick Mulhall said: “The Big Bang Northants event provided a fantastic platform to raise awareness of the work we do and gain exposure as part of the largest celebration of STEAM across the county.

“We were able to demonstrate the versatility of our products in an elephant display, made from 2D pieces of 25mm Honeycomb Board that when slotted together created the 3D design which stood at 1.5m high by 2m wide. We hope this offered some inspiration to students to come up with their own designs as part of our competition.

“We are looking for unique and creative designs, which consider the manufacturing process, minimal waste, accuracy and ease of assembly. Good luck to all those taking part.”

Participants must be students at a Northamptonshire school, which signed up to take part in The Big Bang Northants.

Entries need to include illustrations and designs that visualise the proposed project along with a description of the concept and assembly instructions. Points will be awarded for originality, accuracy and ease of manufacture.

Entries must be submitted by post to The Alternative Pallet Company Ltd, 60 Sinclair Drive, Park Farm North Industrial Estate, Wellingborough, NN8 6UY or emailed to by midnight on Saturday, March 31.