Actor Shaun Williamson revealed the 16 winners of the 2019 Plastics Industry Awards at a Greatest Show on Earth-themed black-tie event at the London Hilton on 27th September.
Now in their 19th year, the Plastics Industry Awards comprise 16 categories covering product design, innovation, recycling, manufacturing, training and environmental performance.
Rosti Automotive Larkhall (pictured) and Clean-Tech both scooped two prestigious Plastics Industry Awards. Rosti won the prestigious Processor of the Year Award, as well as the Best Training & Development Programme of the Year. Clean Tech and parent company Plastipak together won both Best Business Initiative of the Year and Best Environmental or Energy Efficiency Programme of the Year.
Young Designer of the Year was Ben Capern from the University of the West of England for Flow, an ingenious mixing bowl designed for people with low dexterity. Ben received the award and a prize of a £1,000 courtesy of sponsor Motan Colortronic. Flow is a bowl mounted on legs, which can be clicked into various positions to allow for one-handed operation, whether mixing or pouring.
ToPo by serial inventor Dr William Johnson of William J Inventions was awarded Consumer Product Design of the Year. The ToPo screw-top closure has a second life as a collectable toy, while also educating children about the environment. Each bottle cap has two sets of connectors that link together to make 2D or 3D models.
Winner of the Industrial Product Design of the Year was Boddingtons Plastics for the Bladder Light, marketed by Cytosystems. An outstanding example of the latest high technology use of plastics for medical applications, Bladder Light is a collection device for use in testing and screening of cancer cells. It is assembled from no less than 38 components.
Innovative and sustainable plastic packaging solutions featured prominently this year. Winner of the Recycled Plastic Product of the Year Award, was DuPont Teijin Films for its LuxCR process, which depolymerises mechanically recovered PET back to the monomer. This base material is then repolymerised for conversion into food-safe BoPET films.
The Materials Innovation Award went to RPC bpi protec for its X-EnviroShrink, a shrink-wrapping material developed in-house by RPC bpi protec and using RPC bpi recycled products’ Sustane polymer. Manufactured from 30% post-consumer recyclate (PCR) that is itself 100% recyclable, it has been developed to have comparable performance to virgin film.
Several categories acknowledged the personal contributions that play an important part in the success of the UK plastics industry. Jake Hollins, Junior Product Designer at RPC UCP Zeller Plastik, was named Apprentice of the Year and presented with a cheque for £500 from the PMMDA. Jake completed his apprenticeship with RPC UCP Zeller Plastik in just 12 months after being made redundant from his initial apprenticeship elsewhere.
The Unsung Hero Award went to Lydia Wheeler of ND Precision Products, described by her managing director Nick Squire as “the best employee that I have ever employed”. Ambassador of the Year was Nigel Flowers, Managing Director of Sumitomo (SHI) Demag UK, manufacturer of plastic injection moulding machines.
Matt Barber, sales and events director at Crain Communications, which organises the awards said: “The quality and number of entries for the 2019 Plastics Industry Awards was outstanding. Congratulations to our winners, some of whom have a long history of success over the last 19 years, while others have lifted their first PIA this year. Our mission is to recognise innovation and excellence in plastics design and manufacture, and I pay tribute to the many ways in which our winners are advancing the sustainable use of plastics today.”
Plastics Industry Awards 2019 Winners:
Apprentice or Trainee of the Year – sponsored by Meusburger
Jake Hollins, RPC UCP Zeller Plastik
Best Business Initiative of the Year – sponsored by Gauge and Toolmakers Association
Clean-Tech & Plastipak
Best Environmental or Energy Efficiency Programme of the Year – sponsored by KraussMaffei Group UK
Clean-Tech & Plastipak
Best Recycled Plastic Product of the Year – sponsored by RECycling Of Used Plastics
DuPont Teijin Films for LuxCR™ Depolymerisation Process
Best Technology Application of the Year – sponsored by Sino Manufacturing
Best Training & Development Programme of the Year – sponsored by RJG Technologies
Rosti Automotive Larkhall
Consumer Product Design of the Year – sponsored by Plastech Solutions
William J Inventions for ToPo
Industrial Product Design of the Year – sponsored by Distrupol
Boddingtons Plastics for Cytosystems – Bladderlight
Materials Innovation Award – sponsored by Plastics News Europe
RPC bpi protec for X-EnviroShrink
Processor of the Year – sponsored by Engel
Rosti Automotive Larkhall
Supplier Partnership – Ancillary Machinery – sponsored by PlastikCity
Kawasaki Robotics (UK) for Synthotec
Supplier Partnership – Prime Machinery – sponsored by Summit Systems
ARBURG for Neoperl
Supplier Partnership – Toolmaker – sponsored by HASCO
Faulkner Moulds for St Davids Assemblies
Unsung Hero – sponsored by The British Plastics Federation
Lydia Wheeler of ND Precision Products
Young Designer of the Year – sponsored by Motan Colortronic
Ben Capern of the University of the West of England
Ambassador of the Year – sponsored by Plastics & Rubber World
The awards also enjoy the support of industry associations including BIDA (British Industrial Design Association), RECOUP (Recycling of Used Plastics), the GTMA, SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers), PMMDA (Polymer Machinery Manufacturers & Distributors Association), the SPRA (Scottish Plastics & Rubber Association) and Plastics News Europe.
For more information about the Plastics Industry Awards, visit: www.plasticsawards.com