Winners of the 2013 Plastics Industry Awards (PIAs) were announced last week by comedian Tim Vine at a prestigious black-tie event held at the London Hilton on Park Lane. Plastek UK (an injection and blow-moulder specialising in complex packaging for the highly competitive FMCG market) came away with the coveted trophy for Processor of the Year. Distrupol held onto the title of Polymer Distributor for the third consecutive year and Charmaine Bowers, operations manager at Polymer Training & Innovation Centre was presented with the Personal Contribution Award in recognition of her work in supporting the plastics industry throughout her career.
In the design categories D3O won Consumer Product Design of the Year for its protective sports helmet liner which judges said represented “a flexible design solution which given the diverse range of ergonomic variables adapts well to meeting safety requirements.” Industrial Product Design of the Year was won by Boddingtons Plastics and Design Edge for the Arc EndoCuff colonoscope sleeve and Robert Dooley of Buff Industrial Design was named Young Designer of the Year. Entrants for this category had to take their idea through various stages from concept to prototype and Robert was praised by judges for his “all-encompassing approach.”
Best Energy or Environmental Initiative of the Year was won by Logoplaste for its environmental programme with GlaxoSmithKline which saw PET material waste cut by 65 per cent. Logoplaste also won Best Training and Development Programme for the second year in a row. Meanwhile Nifco UK also came away with two awards: employee Joshua Appleyard was named Apprentice of the Year and the company won the award for Best Business Initiative for an expansion and investment project that judges said “offers tangible business growth and significant long-term sustainability for the region.”
Axion Polymers won the Supplier Partnership – Polymer Producer category for the second year in a row. It entered its work with Barkley Plastics on a sustainably produced, reprocessed polymer for a non-visible car component which judges described as “a practical solution with innovation and impressive environmental credentials.”
Meanwhile Arburg won the Supplier Partnership – Prime Machinery category for the second year in a row for its work with Harwin, and Summit Systems won Supplier Partnership – Ancillary Machinery for its work with Stewart Group that involved the smooth transition of plant and equipment to larger premises.
Supplier Partnership – Toolmaker was won by Sprint Tool & Die for its work with Ricoh in Telford on the transfer of toner cartridge production from Japan to the UK. Judges said “that this project has taken work away from Asia speaks volumes about the technical ability and competencies of the workforce.” Investment was once again recognised by judges when awarding the title for Supplier Partnership covering Masterbatch Compounds and Additives to Matrix Plastics for its work with Microban, the US-based antimicrobial technology specialists. Huntsman Pigments won Best Technology Application of the Year for the Altiris infrared-reflecting pigment.
This year’s black tie event attracted around 800 guests including supplier companies, OEM manufacturers, plastics processors, consultants, trainees and designers.
Steve Crowhurst, events director at Crain Communications which organises the PIAs, said: “Despite tough economic conditions we continue to see companies investing in training and technology, expanding their businesses and demonstrating the true expertise and creativity of the UK’s plastics industry. It was such a pleasure to be able to celebrate the thirteenth plastics industry awards with so many worthy winners.”
Plastics Industry Awards 2013 winners:
Apprentice or Trainee of the Year
Joshua Appleyard of Nifco UK
Young Designer of the Year
Robert Dooley of Buff Industrial Design
Consumer Product Design of the Year
Industrial Product Design of the Year
Boddingtons Plastics and Design Edge
Best Technology Application of the Year
Best Training & Development Programme of the Year
Best Environmental or Energy Efficiency Programme of the Year
Best Business Initiative of the Year
Processor of the Year
Supplier Partnership – Polymer Distributor of the Year
Supplier Partnership – Ancillary Machinery
Supplier Partnership – Masterbatch/Compound/Additive
Supplier Partnership – Polymer Producer
Supplier Partnership – Prime Machinery
Supplier Partnership – Toolmaker
Sprint Tool & Die
Personal Contribution Award
For more information visit: www.plasticsawards.com