Plastics Industry Awards finalists announced

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Now in their 18th year, the Plastics Industry Awards, organised by Crain Communications,  comprise 15 categories covering product design, innovation, recycling, manufacturing, training and environmental performance. The PIAs highlight and recognise the best that the innovative UK plastics industry has to offer. This year’s black-tie event is expected to attract representatives from across the plastics design and manufacturing sector including product designers, plastics processors, OEM manufacturers, supplier companies, consultants and trainees.

Garçon Wines’ rPET Flat Profile Wine Bottle is shortlisted for both Consumer Product Design of the Year and Best Recycled Plastic Product. Coca-Cola European Partners is one of six companies shortlisted in the Best Environmental or Energy Efficiency Programme category.

Personal contributions are an important part of the success of the UK plastics industry, a fact reflected by the winners of several different awards every year. Four budding designers have been shortlisted for Young Designer of the Year, the winner of which will receive £1,000 prize courtesy of sponsor Motan Colortronic. Six students have also made it through as finalists for the Apprentice of the Year with the winner due to collect £500 donated by the PMMDA. A Personal Contribution to the Plastics Industry award will also be announced on the night.

Table bookings for the big band-themed gala dinner and awards ceremony are now available. Tickets include a champagne reception, four-course dinner, celebrity awards presentation and after-show entertainment.

Sponsors of the Plastics Industry Awards 2018 include Engel UK, Distrupol, Hasco, Meusburger, Motan Colortonic, RJG Technologies, Plastech Solutions and PlastikCity. The awards also enjoy the support of industry associations including the British Plastics Federation, British Industrial Design Association, the Polymer Training & Innovation Centre, the Society of Plastics Engineers, RECOUP, GTMA and PMMDA.

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Plastics Industry Awards 2018 Finalists:

Consumer Product Design of the Year

  • Westland Even-Flo Container by RPC Group
  • The FlipPad by FutureNova
  • Roof a Rack by Big Bear Plastic Products
  • 100% recycled PET flat wine bottle by Garcon Wines
  • Secure Flip Sports Closure by RPC Group

Industrial Product Design of the Year

  • Multi-Channel Washroom Control System by Hillside Design
  • Quanta Dialysis Technologies by Smallfry Industrial Design and Innovation Strategy

Best Recycled Plastic Product of the Year

  • Marmax Products - Rain Garden
  • RPC M&H Plastics - Garçon Wines’ rPET Flat Profile Wine Bottle
  • Straight Manufacturing- Triple Stack Sytsem
  • Bloom in Box - Bloomie Floristry Box

Young Designer of the Year

  • Sam Gutheridge, Brunel University
  • Henry Moorman, Loughborough University
  • Samuel Wyatt, University of Hertfordshire
  • Jessica Gower, Jessica Mae Studio

Apprentice of the Year

  • Luke Peters, Plastek UK
  • Samuel Blackwood, Faulkner Moulds
  • Thomas Vardy, RPC Superfos
  • Maria Iglesias Lopez, Broanmain Plastics
  • Tyler Abraham, Wittman Battenfeld
  • Kayleigh Bullman, Advanced Plastics

Unsung Hero

  • James Goddard, TH Plastics
  • Tom Osborne, Andel Plastics
  • Derek Bennett, Plastek UK
  • Paul Hill, Plastek UK
  • Paul Southam, Premier Moulding Machinery

Best Training & Development Programme of the Year

  • TH Plastics
  • Plastek UK
  • Coveris Rigid
  • Rosti Automotive Larkhall
  • Mergon International
  • Trend Technologies

Best Technology Application of the Year

  • TH Plastics
  • Thingtrax
  • Plastek UK
  • Polymer Compounders
  • OGM
  • Motan Colortronic
  • Rosti Automotive Larkhall

Best Environmental or Energy Efficiency Programme of the Year

  • Newton Waterproofing Systems
  • Coca-Cola European Partners
  • RPC bpi protec
  • Wittmann Battenfeld
  • MGB Plastics
  • A. Schulman Inc 

Best Business Initiative of the Year

  • RJG Technologies
  • Andel Plastics
  • Plastek UK
  • Aquapurge
  • MGB Plastics and Straight Manufacturing
  • Rosti Automotive Larkhall
  • Synthotec Group
  • PlastikCity

Processor of the Year

  • Plastek UK
  • Mergon International
  • Rosti Automotive Larkhall
  • Advanced Plastics
  • Trend Technologies

Supplier Partnership – Ancillary Machinery

  • IsoCool
  • TH Plastics
  • Hi Tech Automation
  • Motan Colortronic
  • Piovan

Supplier Partnership – Materials

  • Matrix Plastics
  • Distrupol
  • Polymer Compounders

Supplier Partnership – Prime Machinery

  • Engel UK
  • UK Extrusion
  • Wittmann Battenfeld UK

Supplier Partnership – Toolmaker

  • Plastech Solutions
  • Faulkner Moulds


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