Preston student in running for prize with plastics invention

Posted on - 30th May, 2017 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Preston News, UCLan
Kayleigh's design impressed the judges for her inflatable baby travel seat
Kayleigh’s design impressed the judges for her inflatable baby travel seat

A Preston student has reached the final of a national design competition for what she says will give parents a ‘more comfortable and less stressful travel experience’.


AirBaby is the brainchild of Kayleigh Dobson, 24, and is a lap seat invention made of plastic.

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The product design student from Clitheroe has seen her product listed in the final of the Design Innovation in Plastics competition.

No pictures can be released of the product, which is undergoing an intellectual property rights’ check by the University of Central Lancashire.

Kayleigh said: “I’ve enjoyed developing a concept for a specific brief, thinking more in depth about the final materials of the product, researching new materials and their wider impact on the environment.”


She was one of six student from across the UK to make the shortlist from hundreds of entries.

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A ceremony in London at the end of June will announce the winner.

Chairman of the judges and managing director of RJG Technologies Ltd Richard Brown said: “We were most impressed with both the inventiveness and creativity of the finalists as well as the approach they took.”

The competition is sponsored by global high-tech plastics company Covestro said: “The finalists have clearly thought through their designs and shown that they are familiar with their market. One or two ideas were clever in their simplicity, and just need developing a little further, and in one case where an idea was not in itself totally new, the student has found a new application which has made it novel, and helps satisfy the competition criteria.”

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