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PIA recognises UK plastics industry achievements

30 October 2017

The Eglu Cube plastic chicken coop; the Gripple device for suspending mechanical and electrical services in buildings and Plaxx, an innovative plastic recycling technology, were among the winning entries at the Plastics Industry Awards (PIAs) held in London 27 Oct. 
Organised by Plastics News Europe publisher Crain Communications, the PIA is known as the Oscar’s of the UK plastics industry, and recognised achievements in 15 categories including best products of the year.
Winner of the consumer product of the year was Omlet for its Eglu Cube chicken coop. Made from 10 separate parts, the Eglu Cube is blow moulded, which vastly improved speed of production and ensured the new model was ready in time for the new chicken season. Launched simultaneously in the US, Europe and Australia, it broke all sales records.
Industrial product design of the year went to construction sector product, the Gripple from UniGrip. The Gripple is designed for suspending mechanical and electrical services and replaces two existing products. Its design reduces the number of components to simplify manufacturing and remove cost.
Best recycled plastic product of the year went to Plaxx the first hydrocarbon feedstock derived from residual waste plastic using a continuous process that can be based at a waste operators site. Chemical recycling achieves full decontamination and therefore unrestricted re-use.
Luca Frondella won young designer of the year for the Motus Personal Air Cooler. He received a £1,000 prize donated by Motan Colortronic. Other winners of individual awards included Nigel Baker, managing director of BMB Plastics Machinery and committee member of the PMMDA who was given the Ambassador Award. Erwin Miller of Motan Colortronic won the Unsung Hero category, supported by the Society of Plastics Engineers.
Plastek UK, which recently invested £2 million in expansion and skills training and has achieved consistent turnover and volume growth, won the processor of the year award. The company plans to grow further in Europe and was praised by the judges for its state-of-the-art work cells for manufacturing packaging and personal care product. 
Rosti Automotive, a multiple winner during the seventeen-year history of the awards, won a further two prizes this year. The company won the best environmental or energy efficiency award, while apprentice of the year went to Rosti’s Shannon Martin. She received a £1,000 prize given by Sumitomo (SHI) Demag.