The Worshipful Company of Horners and the British Plastics Federation announced the winners of its 2021 Horners Awards on day one of Interplas (September 28). Winners include Plastikpak and LifeSafe Technologies, Matrix Moulding Systems and Zotefoams.
The Horners Awards, run annually by The Worshipful Company of Horners and the British Plastics Federation (BPF), are awarded for innovation in plastics design and manufacture or in the processing of polymers.
The winners of the BPF and Horners Awards were announced yesterday at the Interplas trade show in Birmingham. Plastipak and LifeSafe Technologies won the Horners Award for Polymer Design and Innovation, while Zotefoams scooped the Horners Bottlemakers Award and Matrix Moulding Systems won the BPF Special Commendation Award.
Plastipak and LifeSafe Technologies were praised for illustrating a fantastic application of plastic design, which condenses the qualities of a bulky metal fire extinguisher into a compact plastic bottle, the Stay Safe 5-in-1 Fire Extinguisher. This innovation provides homes of all sizes across England with the safety they need and with a new level of convenience.
The recipient of the BPF Special Commendation Award was announced as Matrix Moulding Systems for its development of ‘Soniplas’ flow enhancement technology, which transforms the profitability and environmental credentials of injection moulders, offering a host of environmental benefits, including reducing the processor’s carbon footprint.
Zotefoams won the Horners Bottlemakers Award for its fully recyclable beverage carton in a shining example of how technical developments in plastics can help us move towards the circular economy. Designed to take the place of difficult-to-recycle multi-material beverage cartons, it represents a significant step forward in plastic packaging applications.
Speaking of the awards, The Horners Awards Chairman, Mike Birrell, said:
“To still be producing a strong calibre of winners year after year shows that the plastics industry in the UK remains a hub of innovation. It also shows that plastics can rise to address some of the environmental and safety issues that our society faces. I, on behalf of the Worshipful Company of the Horners, would like to offer the winners my heartfelt congratulations.”
The British Plastics Federation Director-General Philip Law also congratulated the winners:
“This year’s winners demonstrate the essential role that plastic products play in society. Plastic innovations help support our society each and every day, whether it’s helping reach the circular economy, reducing our carbon footprint, or providing safety to our homes. Congratulations to all the winners of this prestigious award!”
The Horners Award is believed to be the longest-running plastics award in the world, brought to you by the British Plastics Federation and the Worshipful Company of Horners. Entries for next year’s award can be made online at www.hornersaward.co.uk.