Winners of the 2016 Plastics Industry Awards (PIAs) were revealed on Friday 30th September by Sports TV presenter Mark Durden-Smith in front of a Great Gatsby-themed audience of over 650 plastics industry professionals at the London Hilton on Park Lane. Award-winning entries included self-adjusting glasses, a teenagers’ suitcase, a pocketable sharps holder for diabetics, an intelligent hand dryer and a loft stilt made from recycled plastic.
Eyejusters affordable, innovative self-adjusting glasses that offer the possibility of clear vision for the first time to millions in the developing and developed world won no less than three awards in what are known as the Oscars of the UK plastics industry. It won the Best Business Initiative of the Year, while Fanuc UK won the Supplier Partnership – Prime Machinery Award for its work with Eyejusters and Hi-Tech Automation also scooped the Supplier Partnership – Ancillary Machinery award for its contribution to the same product. Eyejusters was also a finalist in the prestigious Consumer Product of the Year.
Winner of the Consumer Product of the Year was Trunki for the Jurni, a super-strong, skate-wheeled suitcase for teenagers that can also be used for locker style storage when not on the move. PIA judges were impressed by its extensive use of plastic mouldings, clever design and minimal use of metal, screws and fixings. Trunki won the same award in 2012 with the Trunki Mk V.
Industrial Product Design of the Year went to HJC Design for SA Vortex’s Eco-Curve eco-efficient and intelligent hand dryer. Judges praised it for engineering excellence, extensive use of recycled plastics and appropriately clean design.
Best Recycled Product of the Year went to Counterplas for the Loft Stilt, designed in collaboration with Birmingham Innovations. Made from 100 per cent recycled polypropylene, Loft Stilt enables home owners to raise the height of a loft floor above existing joists to achieve a maximum loft insulation thickness of 270mm.
Adam Haynes won Young Designer of the Year for the Bastion portable sharps bin, a unique pen-sized case moulded from polypropylene which for the first time allows diabetics to carry a day’s supply of needles in a neat, pocketable container. Adam received a £1,000 prize donated by Motan Colortronic.
Other winners in of individual awards included Julia Moore, Chief Executive of the GTMA (Gauge and Tool Makers Association) who was given the Personal Contribution Award for her many years furthering the cause of UK plastics manufacturing. Paul Hunter of Andel Plastics won a champagne lunch for two at Gordon Ramsay’s Savoy Grill, courtesy of Lawson Keys in the new category of Unsung Hero. Apprentice or Trainee of the Year went to Lucy Hickling of Plastribution, who won £1,000 donated by the Polymer Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMMDA).
Matrix Plastics scooped the revised award of Supplier Partnerships – Materials for its work with Belgian food packaging group deSter to develop new and innovative colours in plastic packaging for airline-based applications.
“This is the sixteenth time we have brought the UK plastics industry together to celebrate an outstanding year of innovation. Our winners are driving UK plastics forward and making a real difference on an individual, industry-wide and environmental level. I am delighted we are able to give them the national recognition they deserve,” said Steve Crowhurst, managing director at Crain Communications, which organises the PIAs.
Plastics Industry Awards 2016 winners:
Consumer Product Design of the Year – Trunki Jurni suitcase
Industrial Product Design of the Year – HJC Design for Eco-Curve hand dryer
Best Recycled Plastic Product – Counterplas for the Loft Stilt
Young Designer of the Year – Adam Haynes for Bastion Portable Sharps Bin
Apprentice or Trainee of the Year – Lucy Hickling of Plastribution
Best Technology Application of the Year – Sumitomo Demag UK
Best Environmental or Energy Efficiency Programme of the Year – Rutland Plastics
Best Business Initiative of the Year – Eyejusters
Best Training and Development Programme of the Year – Corrosion Resistant Products
Unsung Hero (New Award for 2016) – Paul Hunter of Andel Plastics
Processor of the Year – Boddingtons Plastics
Supplier Partnership – Materials – Matrix Plastics – deSter
Supplier Partnership – Prime Machinery – Fanuc UK – Eyejusters
Supplier Partnership – Ancillary Machinery – Hi-Tech Automation – Eyejusters
Supplier Partnership – Toolmaker – Faulkner Moulds – Richard Carter
Personal Contribution Award – Julia Moore
Launched in 2001, and held annually in London, the Plastics Industry Awards are dedicated to rewarding innovation and exceptional performance in an increasingly competitive market. Sixteen categories cover materials usage, product design, manufacturing, training and environmental performance, and entries are judged by a panel of industry experts*.
For more information visit www.plasticsawards.com
*This year’s judging panel included Steve May-Russell, Smallfry; Alex Pullman, MD, TS Design; Chris Lefteri, Materials & Design Expert, Chris Lefteri Ltd; John Whitehead, Ex-Editor, PRW; Charmaine Bowers, Past Winner of Personal Contribution to the Plastics Industry; Geoff Jones, In-Comms; Paul Shipton, Consultancy Director, Smithers Rapra; Brian Manning, independent consultant; Julia Moore, Chief Executive, GTMA; Nikki Williams, PMMDA; Dr Robin Kent, Tangram Technology; Mercia Gick, Retired from BPF; Prof Gordon Smith, Head of Polymer & Composites Material Group, University of Warwick; Phil Coates, Consultant; Peter Clarke, GR8 Engineering; George Kellie, Kellie Solutions™; Robert Tomlinson, Management Consultant, Plastics Moulding Solutions; Dr Peter Cox, Consultant; Richard Brown, RJG Technologies; John Boult, Director, Product First; Peter Woodall, Managing Partner, PRP Consulting LLP; Peter Barnes, Consultant; Darren Nock, Consultant, Siemens PLM Software; Anthony Perkin, Tech-Value; Paul Neal, Product Partners; Graeme Patterson, Brightworks; Leslie Wynn, HCL Europe and John Carr, Quality Safety & Environmental Manager, HBC Engineering.
Platinum sponsors of The Plastics Industry Awards 2016 are Engel Moulders Group and FANUC. Gold sponsors include BMB, Hasco, Distrupol, Lawson Keys, Plastech Solutions, RJG Technologies, Sumitomo Demag, Summit Systems and Motan Colortonic. They also enjoy the support of the British Plastics Federation, British Industrial Design Association, RECOUP, GTMA, PMMDA, Polymer Training Innovation Centre (PTIC) and PDM Event.