Deadline for entries 31st May
Entries have opened for this year’s Plastics Industry Awards (PIAs), which culminate in a glamorous black tie gala evening at the London Hilton on Park Lane on Friday 27 October. The deadline for award entries is 31st May. Interested companies and individuals can submit entries at: www.plasticsawards.com
Now in their 17th year, the Plastics Industry Awards are organised and produced by Crain Communications and have been shortlisted in two categories in this year’s Awards Awards: Best Overall Awards Event over 500 attendees and Best Awards Event by a Publisher.
Companies and individuals including OEM manufacturers, suppliers, plastics processors, consultants, trainees and designers from across the plastics sector in the UK and Republic of Ireland are encouraged to enter in 15 different award categories.
Design awards include separate categories for the plastic consumer and industrial products of the year.
“Winning a PIA award is recognition from our peers and is, therefore, held in high esteem amongst the sectors and businesses we work,” said Matthew Conley, senior designer, HJC Design winners of Industrial Product Design of the Year in 2016. “The awards night is a great promotion for the business, which has led to several large commissions. The event itself is a wonderful night.”
Individual awards include Young Designer of the Year, Apprentice or Trainee of the Year and an Unsung Hero Award. The Young Designer of the Year will receive a £1,000 prize, donated by Motan Colortronic. The Apprentice or Trainee of the Year Award also carries a prize of £1,000 donated by the Polymer Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMMDA). For the Unsung Hero Award, organisations are invited to nominate a staff member who goes above and beyond the call of duty in their day-to-day work life.
“This award has helped to raise my profile both within the industry and in academic circles, helping me to build and develop my networks within the industry and inspire future students from my university,” said Lucy Hickling, product supervisor, at Plastribution and winner of Apprentice or Trainee of the Year 2016.
Environmental achievements are recognised in the best environmental or energy efficiency award and the best recycled plastic product category.
“The Plastics Industry Award has been great for raising the profile of our business with existing customers and target prospects,” said Mark Brazier, sales & marketing director of Counterplas Ltd, winner of Best Recycled Plastic Product in 2016. “It has also been a very positive experience for the whole Counterplas team.”
With teamwork so important in today’s plastic product manufacturing, there are also supplier partnership awards for prime and ancillary machinery, toolmakers and material suppliers. One of the most sought-after awards is the processor of the year trophy. Categories recognising industry innovation include best business initiative, best training and development programme and best technology application. In addition, judges will choose the winner of the prestigious personal contribution award.
Table bookings for the 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 2017 include Engel UK (Processor of the Year); RJG Technologies (Best Training and Development Programme); Hasco (Supplier Partnership – Toolmaker); Distrupol (Industrial Product Design); Motan Colortonic (Young Designer of the Year); Sumitomo (SHI) Demag (Apprentice or Trainee of the Year); Fanuc (Best Environmental or Energy Efficiency Programme) and Meusburger (Best Business Initiative). The awards also enjoy the support of industry associations including the British Plastics Federation, British Industrial Design Association, RECOUP, GTMA and PMMDA.
For more information about the Plastics Industry Awards, visit: www.plasticsawards.com