Entries Open for 18th Plastics Industry Awards

Entries have opened for the 2018 Plastics Industry Awards, #PIA2018, which culminate in a glamorous, themed black tie gala evening with spectacular live entertainment at the London Hilton on Park Lane on Friday 28th September 2018. The deadline for online entry at www.plasticsawards.com is Thursday 31st May.

Now in their 18th year, the Plastics Industry Awards are organised and produced by Crain Communications and have been shortlisted in two categories in the Awards Awards 2018: Best Awards Event Production on the Night and Best Longstanding Awards Event.

Companies and individuals including product designers, OEM manufacturers, suppliers, plastics processors, consultants, trainees and apprentices from across the plastics sector in the UK and Republic of Ireland are encouraged to enter in 15 different award categories.

Design awards include separate categories for the plastic consumer and industrial products of the year as well as the prestigious Young Designer of the Year, the winner of which will receive a £1,000 prize, donated by Motan Colortronic. Environmental achievements are recognised in the best environmental or energy efficiency award and the best recycled plastic product category, sponsored by RECOUP.

“Winning the Plastic Industry Award for Best Consumer Product in 2017 was a hugely significant moment for our team of designers and a great boost for everyone else in the company as well,” said Johannes Paul, Marketing Director at Omlet. “As a growing and ambitious company, it’s given everyone a strong sense of achievement to be recognised in this way and the event itself was an exciting and fun evening.”

Individual awards include the Apprentice or Trainee of the Year and an Unsung Hero Award. The Apprentice or Trainee of the Year Award carries a prize of £500 donated by the Polymer Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMMDA). For the Unsung Hero Award, organisations are invited to nominate a staff member who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their day-to-day work life.

One of the most sought-after awards is the Processor of the Year trophy. There are also supplier partnership awards for prime and ancillary machinery, toolmakers and material suppliers. Categories recognising industry innovation include best business initiative, best training and development programme and best technology application. In addition, judges will choose the winner of the prestigious personal contribution award.

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.

“The Plastics Industry Awards have continually grown in popularity and prestige in the industry,” said Graeme Herlihy, Managing Director, Engel UK. “The calibre of the winners is a benchmark of the innovation in UK plastics. The ceremony is always a most enjoyable evening where business and pleasure can truly mix, and the entertainment has added that extra element to turn the whole show up to 11.”

Sponsors of the Plastics Industry Awards 2018 include Engel UK (Processor of the Year); Distrupol (Industrial Product Design); Hasco (Supplier Partnership – Toolmaker); Meusburger (Best Business Initiative); Motan Colortonic (Young Designer of the Year); RJG Technologies (Best Training and Development Programme); PlastikCity (Supplier Partnership – Ancillary Machinery) and Plastech Solutions (Consumer Product Design).

“This year we’ll be attending the event for the fourth year running, and we’re thrilled to be supporting the Plastics Industry Awards as a sponsor,” commented Carl Futcher, Managing Director, PlastikCity. “PlastikCity only promotes the top suppliers in the industry, so we’re looking forward to celebrating the excellent companies and people in our industry.”

The awards also enjoy the support of industry associations including The BPF (British Plastics Federation), BIDA (British Industrial Design Association), PDM 2018 (Plastics Design & Moulding Event), PTIC (Polymer Training & Innovation Centre), RECOUP (Recycling of Used Plastics), The GTMA, SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers) and PMMDA (Polymer Machinery Manufacturers & Distributors Association).

Plastics Industry Awards Categories:

•  Consumer Product Design of the Year
•  Industrial Product Design of the Year
•  Young Designer of the Year
•  Best Recycled Plastic Product of the Year
•  Apprentice of the Year
•  Unsung Hero
•  Best Training & Development Programme of the Year
•  Best Technology Application of the Year
•  Best Environmental or Energy Efficiency Programme of the Year
•  Best Business Initiative of the Year
•  Processor of the Year
•  Supplier Partnership – Ancillary Machinery
•  Supplier Partnership – Materials
•  Supplier Partnership – Prime Machinery
•  Supplier Partnership – Toolmaker

For more information about the Plastics Industry Awards, visit: www.plasticsawards.com

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