TV presenter Nick Knowles revealed the fifteen winners of the 2017 Plastics Industry Awards (PIAs) on Friday 27th October to a packed audience of industry professionals attending the masquerade ball-themed event at the London Hilton on Park Lane.
Award-winning product entries at the Oscar’s of the UK plastics industry were the Eglu Cube plastic chicken coop; the Gripple device for suspending mechanical and electrical services in buildings and Plaxx, an innovative plastic recycling technology.
Winner of the Consumer Product of the Year, supported by the British Industrial Design Association, 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, sponsored by Distrupol, 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, sponsored by RECOUP, 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.
Rosti Automotive, a multiple winner during the seventeen-year history of the awards, scooped a further two prizes this year. The company won the Best Environmental or Energy Efficiency Award (sponsored by Fanuc), while Apprentice of the Year went to Rosti’s Shannon Martin. She received a £1,000 prize given by Sumitomo (SHI) Demag.
The hotly contested and prestigious Processor of the Year Award (sponsored by Engel UK) went to Plastek UK, which recently invested £2 million in expansion and skills training and has achieved consistent turnover and volume growth. 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.
Matt Barber, sales and events director at Crain Communications, which organises the PIAs and publishes Plastics News Europe, said: “It is great to see how all our winners are driving the buoyant and innovative UK plastics industry forward. Congratulations to them all for making a real difference on an individual, industry-wide and environmental level.”
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 Colortronic (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
Plastics Industry Awards 2017 Winners:
Consumer Product Design of the Year – Omlet for the Eglu Cube chicken coop
Industrial Product Design of the Year – Gripple fixing
Best Recycled Plastic Product of the Year – Plaxx by Recycling Technologies
Young Designer of the Year – Luca Frondella for the Motus Personal Air Cooler
Apprentice of the Year – Shannon Martin of Rosti Automotive Larkhall
Unsung Hero – Erwin Miller of Motan Colortronic
Processor of the Year – Plastek UK
Best Technology Application of the Year – CCP Gransden
Best Training & Development Programme of the Year – Advanced Plastics
Best Environmental or Energy Efficiency Programme of the Year – Rosti Automotive Larkhall
Best Business Initiative of the Year – Trend Technologies Mullingar
Supplier Partnership – Ancillary Machinery – Summit Systems with the Polymer Training Innovation Centre
Supplier Partnership – Materials – Matrix Plastics and their partnership with Biocote
Supplier Partnership – Prime Machinery – Engel UK and their partnership with CCP Grandsen
Supplier Partnership – Toolmaker – Adreco Plastics and their partnership with Mologic
Ambassador Award – Nigel Baker