kmc_large[3]More than 1200 young design students from Taiwan showcased their innovative approach towards the use of acrylics in the 12th Acrylic Creative Design Contest organised by Kaohsiung Monomer Company (KMC), a joint venture company created by Lucite International and China Petroleum Development Company.

Earlier this month the competition culminated in 23 students celebrating awards for their impressive work at a special ceremony held at the National Yunlin University of Science and Technology in Douliu.

More than 400 students and professors and 100 acrylic industry representatives attended the prestigious event. KMC general manager Gregory Liou welcomed and thanked all those involved in the competition. Two further inspirational guest speakers shared their experiences of the acrylic industry.

Mr Jinsu Huang, chairman of long-established acrylic furniture and furnishing business Aking Trading Co. Ltd, spoke about ‘Looking at Design from a Marketing Perspective’, while Ms Renfeng Chen, manager of QisDesign, which is a multi-time winner of RedDot, iF, and Gmark awards, gave a presentation entitled ‘Acrylics and Light: Lamp Design that Combines Acrylic with LED Lighting’.

A total of 45 works were judged in the final competition and the contest candidates also had to face challenging questions from the panel of judges, comprising six senior professional designers and two representatives from the acrylic fabrication sector.

Jinwen Wang, a student from the industrial design department of Yunlin University, was singled out as the winner for his work: Invisible – a re-imagined clock that uses special acrylic sheet with light guide properties to enable a floating red light to point to the time. Jinwen wins NT$150k (US$5k). There were also a runner-up, third placed, five merit awards and 15 highly commended.

Peter Ho, downstream business manager from KMC, said: “During the contest, people from the acrylics industry are involved to help students familiarise themselves with acrylic material and fabrication processes. In return, they get to understand the creativity of the young designers.

“Such interaction helps introduce design talent as well as new design concepts and sources into the Taiwanese acrylics industry, which is great for its on-going development.”

Since the Acrylic Creative Design Contest started in 2001 some 20,000 students from 46 colleges and universities have taken part in the popular competition.