The 2013 Plastics Industry Awards
Winners of the 2013 Plastics Industry Awards were announced last week by comedian Tim Vine at a prestigious black-tie event in London. The sell-out occasion attracted around 800 guests, including supplier companies, OEM manufacturers, plastics processors, consultants, trainees and designers.
Plastek UK (an injection and blow-moulder specialising in complex packaging for the highly competitive FMCG market) came away with the coveted trophy for Processor of the Year. Distrupol held onto the title of Polymer Distributor for the third consecutive year and Charmaine Bowers, operations manager at Polymer Training & Innovation Centre was presented with the Personal Contribution Award in recognition of her work in supporting the plastics industry throughout her career.
In the design categories D3O won Consumer Product Design of the Year for its protective sports helmet liner. Industrial Product Design of the Year was won by Boddingtons Plastics and Design Edge for the Arc EndoCuff colonoscope sleeve. Robert Dooley of Buff Industrial Design was named Young Designer of the Year. Entrants for this category had to take their idea through various stages from concept to prototype and Robert was praised by judges for his ‘all-encompassing approach’.
Best Energy or Environmental Initiative of the Year was won by Logoplaste for its environmental programme with GlaxoSmithKline, which saw PET material waste cut by 65%. Logoplaste also won Best Training and Development Programme for the second year in a row.
Steve Crowhurst, events director at Crain Communications, which organises the awards, said: ‘Despite tough economic conditions we continue to see companies investing in training and technology, expanding their businesses and demonstrating the true expertise and creativity of the UK’s plastics industry. It was such a pleasure to be able to celebrate the thirteenth plastics industry awards with so many worthy winners.’
Full list of Plastics Industry Awards 2013 winners
Apprentice or Trainee of the Year - Joshua Appleyard of Nifco UK
Young Designer of the Year - Robert Dooley of Buff Industrial Design
Consumer Product Design of the Year - D3O
Industrial Product Design of the Year - Boddingtons Plastics and Design Edge
Best Technology Application of the Year - Huntsman Pigments
Best Training & Development Programme of the Year - Logoplaste UK
Best Environmental or Energy Efficiency Programme of the Year - Logoplaste UK
Best Business Initiative of the Year - Nifco UK
Processor of the Year - Plastek UK
Supplier Partnership: Polymer Distributor of the Year - Distrupol
Supplier Partnership: Ancillary Machinery - Summit Systems
Supplier Partnership: Masterbatch/Compound/Additive - Matrix Plastics
Supplier Partnership: Polymer Producer - Axion Polymers
Supplier Partnership: Prime Machinery - Arburg
Supplier Partnership: Toolmaker - Sprint Tool & Die
Personal Contribution Award - Charmaine Bowers