Plastics Industry Awards Announces 2017 Finalists

Nick Knowles to Host Masquerade Ball Themed Evening

The shortlist for the 2017 Plastics Industry Awards (PIAs) has been published. Winners will be announced by TV presenter Nick Knowles, best known for DIY SOS, at a glittering masquerade ball themed gala event on Friday 27th October at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

Nick Knowles to host Plastics Industry Awards 2017Now in their 17th year, the Plastics Industry Awards comprise 15 categories covering product design, materials usage, 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 set to attract around 800 guests including supplier companies, OEM manufacturers, plastics processors, consultants, trainees and designers. The PIAs won a Silver Award at the 2017 Awards Awards in the category of Best Awards Event by a Publisher.

Shortlisted companies for Consumer Product of the Year are RPC Promens and Omlet. RPC Promens has achieved the distinction of having two different products shortlisted. Faulkner Moulds, Gripple and WaveGrip make up the shortlisted companies for Industrial Product of the Year. Finalists for the Best Recycled Plastic Product of the Year are Axion Polymers & 1env Solutions, Fishy Filaments, HAHN Plastics, Marmax Recycled Products and Recycling Technologies.

Three individuals have been shortlisted for Young Designer of the Year and six people have made it through as finalists for the Apprentice of the Year. Winners of each award are due to receive a £1,000 prize. A Personal Contribution to the Plastics Industry award will also be announced on the night.

Matt Barber, sales and events director at Crain Communications, which organises the PIAs and publishes Plastics News Europe, said: “I am very proud that the PIAs won a Silver Award at this year’s Awards Awards after our outstanding success in 2016. We are delighted to welcome all the finalists, their guests and representatives from across the UK plastics industry to our 2017 event, which is set to be our best ever.”

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 and to book a table, visit:

Plastics Industry Awards 2017 Finalists:

Consumer Product Design of the Year
RPC Promens (2 products)

Industrial Product Design of the Year
Faulkner Moulds

Best Recycled Plastic Product of the Year
Axion Polymers & 1env Solutions
Fishy Filaments
HAHN Plastics
Marmax Recycled Products
Recycling Technologies

Young Designer of the Year
Ellen Britton, Glasgow School of Art
Luca Frondella
Dom Tindale, Northumbria University

Apprentice of the Year
Nathan Kimberlin, Faulkner Moulds
Shannon Martin, Rosti Automotive Larkhall
Luke Peters, Plastek UK
Dominic Turner, Advanced Plastics
Jordan Wilkes, UCP Zeller
Adam Wolfe, Bespak

Unsung Hero
Derek Bennett, Plastek UK
Stuart Bogg, Rockson LubriTek
Dave Middleton, TH Plastics
Erwin Miller, Motan Colortronic 

Best Training & Development Programme of the Year
Advanced Plastics
Polymer Compounders
Sumitomo (SHI) Demag
Trend Technologies Mullingar

Best Technology Application of the Year
Aquapak Polymers
Axion Polymers
CCP Gransden
Polymer Compounders

Best Environmental or Energy Efficiency Programme of the Year
ICS Cool Energy
Matrix Plastics
Rosti Automotive Larkhall

Best Business Initiative of the Year
Coral Products (Mouldings)
Plastix A/S
RJG Technologies
Trend Technologies Mullingar

Processor of the Year
Advanced Plastics
Plastek UK
Rosti Automotive Larkhall
RPC Group
Trend Technologies Mullingar

Supplier Partnership – Ancillary Machinery
ICS Cool Energy (2 entries)
Piovan UK
Summit Systems
TH Plastics

Supplier Partnership – Materials
Matrix Plastics

Supplier Partnership – Prime Machinery
BMB Plastics Machinery
Engel UK
UK Extrusion

Supplier Partnership – Toolmaker
Adreco Plastics
Faulkner Moulds
Sprint Tool & Die



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