The organisers of the annual Plastics Industry Awards have announced details of the 2012 competition. The black-tie gala awards ceremony will be on 28 September 2012 at the London Hilton on Park Lane and the deadline for entries is 15 June 2012.
Launched in 2001 and now firmly established as the most respected accolade for the plastics industry, the Plastics Industry Awards reward excellence in materials usage, design and manufacturing as well as training and environmental performance. With 15 categories judged by a panel of industry experts*, there are opportunities for supplier companies, OEM manufacturers, plastics processors, consultants and designers to all showcase their work. Entry is free and can be completed online at www.plasticsawards.com .
The judging process for the six supplier partnership categories has been changed this year to give entrants an added opportunity to get their message across. Entrants will be telephoned directly to pose questions or clarify points about their entries raised by the judges.
All companies and academic establishments in the industry with apprentices or trainees are encouraged to nominate an individual for the Apprentice or Trainee of the Year Award. Finalists in this category will be invited to attend an interview with the judges in Telford on 27 June 2012 and the winner will be awarded a special cash prize of £1,000 donated by the Polymer Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMMDA) at the awards ceremony in London. Mann + Hummel’s Faith Kelly, who was named Apprentice of the Year in 2011, said: “The whole evening exceeded my expectations; to win was a fantastic feeling. I have since been recognised by numerous internal and external sources due to this award. I know this recognition will aid me in the future.”
Eight hundred plastic professionals and their guests attended last year’s black-tie awards ceremony, known as the Oscars of the UK plastics industry. Kinza Sutton, marketing manager of APPE described winning the coveted Processor of the Year title in in 2011 as: “a huge morale boost to the whole UK company,” while John Ewans, managing director of John Ewans Design who won Consumer Product of the year said: “We are still reaping the benefits from winning a Plastics Industry Award. We have seen increased media coverage and winning the award was certainly morale boosting for the team. It is easy to be cynical about the judging process for some design awards but when we saw who was shortlisted for these awards we felt that they all had merit.”
This year’s judging panel* includes Dr George Kellie, chairman, KellieSolutions™; Dr Robin Kent, managing director, Tangram Technology; Julia Moore, chief executive, GTMA and Mercia Gick, senior adviser, Industrial Issues, British Plastics Federation.
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The Plastics Industry Awards 2012 are sponsored by Engel, Lawson Keys Recruitment, Distrupol, Hasco, TH Plastics and Agentdraw. They also enjoy the support of the British Plastics Federation, British Design Innovation, GTMA, The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), PTIC and the Plastics Design & Moulding exhibition www.pdmevent.com .
Last year’s gala event was a sell out so book your table early to avoid disappointment. Tickets include a champagne reception, four course dinner, celebrity awards presentation and after show entertainment. Discounts apply to bookings made before 20 July 2012. For more information about the Plastics Industry Awards including submitting an entry or booking a table go to www.plasticsawards.com 
*Judges confirmed to date include Dr Robin Kent, managing director, Tangram Technology; Peter Barnes, consultant, Peter Barnes Consultancy; Colin Williamson, founder, Smile Plastics Ltd; Paul Davidson, special advisor, WRAP; Dr Matthew Thornton, materials advisor - IOM3, Polymer Sector Leader - Materials KTN & Secretary-General - IRCO; Charmaine Bowers, operations manager, PTIC; Tony Perkin, owner, Tech-Value; Robert Tomlinson, managing consultant, Plastic Moulding Solutions; Dr George Kellie, chairman, KellieSolutions™; Richard Brown, operations director, Hi-Technology Group; Julia Moore, chief executive, GTMA; Mercia Gick, senior adviser, Industrial Issues, BPF; Alex Pullman, managing director, Techsol; Andrew Wilkins, Wilkins Associates PR; Brian Manning, consultant; John Whitehead, former journalist for PRW; Prof Gordon Smith, head of materials group, Warwick University; Peter Clarke, head of creative Engineering, GR8 Engineering Ltd; Dr Peter Cox, Peter Cox Associates and Peter Woodall, Woodall PRP Consulting.Polymers, 24 Feb 2012