Plastics Industry Awards Finalists Announced Ahead of Big Band Night in September

The shortlist for the 2018 Plastics Industry Awards (PIAs) has been published. Winners will be announced at a glittering big band themed gala evening on Friday 28th September at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

Now in their 18th year, the Plastics Industry Awards comprise 15 categories covering product design, innovation, recycling, 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 expected to attract representatives from across the plastics design and manufacturing sector including product designers, plastics processors, OEM manufacturers, supplier companies, consultants and trainees.

Garçon Wines’ rPET Flat Profile Wine Bottle is shortlisted for both Consumer Product Design of the Year and Best Recycled Plastic Product. Coca-Cola European Partners is one of six companies shortlisted in the Best Environmental or Energy Efficiency Programme category.

Personal contributions are an important part of the success of the UK plastics industry, a fact reflected by the winners of several different awards every year. Four budding designers have been shortlisted for Young Designer of the Year, the winner of which will receive £1,000 prize courtesy of sponsor Motan Colortronic. Six students have also made it through as finalists for the Apprentice of the Year with the winner due to collect £500 donated by the PMMDA. 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: “Innovation in plastic product design and manufacturing is essential to the sustainable use of plastics to improve all our lives. The depth and breadth of entries we received across all categories for the Plastics Industry Awards this year reflect the vigorous health and buoyant prospects of the industry in UK and Ireland.”

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 2018 include Engel UK, Distrupol, Hasco, Meusburger, Motan Colortonic, RJG Technologies, Plastech Solutions and PlastikCity. The awards also enjoy the support of industry associations including the British Plastics Federation, British Industrial Design Association, the Polymer Training & Innovation Centre, the Society of Plastics Engineers, RECOUP, GTMA and PMMDA.

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Plastics Industry Awards 2018 Finalists:


Consumer Product Design of the Year

Westland Even-Flo Container by RPC Group

The FlipPad by FutureNova

Roof a Rack by Big Bear Plastic Products

100% recycled PET flat wine bottle by Garcon Wines

Secure Flip Sports Closure by RPC Group


Industrial Product Design of the Year

Multi-Channel Washroom Control System by Hillside Design

Quanta Dialysis Technologies by Smallfry Industrial Design and Innovation Strategy


Best Recycled Plastic Product of the Year

Marmax Products – Rain Garden

RPC M&H Plastics – Garçon Wines’ rPET Flat Profile Wine Bottle

Straight Manufacturing- Triple Stack Sytsem

Bloom in Box – Bloomie Floristry Box


Young Designer of the Year

Sam Gutheridge, Brunel University

Henry Moorman, Loughborough University

Samuel Wyatt, University of Hertfordshire

Jessica Gower, Jessica Mae Studio


Apprentice of the Year

Luke Peters, Plastek UK

Samuel Blackwood, Faulkner Moulds

Thomas Vardy, RPC Superfos

Maria Iglesias Lopez, Broanmain Plastics

Tyler Abraham, Wittman Battenfeld

Kayleigh Bullman, Advanced Plastics


Unsung Hero

James Goddard, TH Plastics

Tom Osborne, Andel Plastics

Derek Bennett, Plastek UK

Paul Hill, Plastek UK

Paul Southam, Premier Moulding Machinery


Best Training & Development Programme of the Year

TH Plastics

Plastek UK

Coveris Rigid

Rosti Automotive Larkhall

Mergon International

Trend Technologies


Best Technology Application of the Year

TH Plastics


Plastek UK

Polymer Compounders


Motan Colortronic

Rosti Automotive Larkhall


Best Environmental or Energy Efficiency Programme of the Year

Newton Waterproofing Systems

Coca-Cola European Partners

RPC bpi protec

Wittmann Battenfeld

MGB Plastics

A. Schulman Inc


Best Business Initiative of the Year

RJG Technologies

Andel Plastics

Plastek UK


MGB Plastics and Straight Manufacturing

Rosti Automotive Larkhall

Synthotec Group



Processor of the Year

Plastek UK

Mergon International

Rosti Automotive Larkhall

Advanced Plastics

Trend Technologies


Supplier Partnership – Ancillary Machinery


TH Plastics

Hi Tech Automation

Motan Colortronic



Supplier Partnership – Materials

Matrix Plastics


Polymer Compounders


Supplier Partnership – Prime Machinery

Engel UK

UK Extrusion


Wittmann Battenfeld UK


Supplier Partnership – Toolmaker

Plastech Solutions

Faulkner Moulds

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