Plastics Caps and Closures Innovation Awards

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Plastics Caps & Closures 2017 Innovation Awards


There always has been much to talk about in caps and closures but less to discuss in the way of recognition.  Until today.

The caps and closures industry now has its own award honoring superior innovation that advances the brand and offers technologies that set a high bar for achievement. Become one of the first winners of Plastics News’ inaugural Plastics Cap & Closure Innovation Awards and be recognized by your peers for your achievements.

Your entries will be judged by an independent advisory panel of experts, along with Plastics News editorial staff, using six categories to judge nominees. Click here to see details on the judging categories and details for each category.

Finalists will be recognized at Plastics Caps & Closures 2017, the industry’s largest global event, and featured in a special section of Plastics News, the plastics industry’s leading global publication.

Top processors will be invited to display and share their winning entries at the Plastics Caps & Closures 2017 conference, to be held Sep. 12-14, 2017, at the the Fairmont Millennium Park, Downtown Chicago. [add a link to the vanity site for the conference)

The awards put you in the unique position to share your work with potential customers and partners and to help generate new business for your caps and closures operations. Apply today and showcase your caps and closure innovations before a global audience.


Awards Eligibility:

Nominations must include a plastics processor that has designed and/or manufactured the cap or closure for the North America market. Nominations also should include collaboration partners such as end users, machinery and process suppliers, materials suppliers, toolmakers, outside design or engineering firms and other service providers.

The award will be given to the plastics processing company that has led the project, with other partners recognized for their work and invited to attend the ceremony at Plastics Caps & Closures 2017.

Submissions must be for caps and closures that have been launched commercially – either as incorporated into packaging on retail store shelves or available for supply chain use – during the period from Jan. 1, 2016, through May 1, 2017. All types of caps and closures for the consumer market are eligible. 

One overall winner will be announced, with other projects also receiving high honors for respective end market categories or by company size.

Nomination Process:

Please click the link to fill out the online nomination form. The nomination must include a plastics processor and can include collaboration partners. Please limit your description of the product to 300 words in each judging category. A photograph or video of the product is strongly encouraged.

Judging Criteria:

All entries must meet the judging criteria for the award and fit into at least two of six categories:  Technology Enhancements, Material Enhancements, Process Enhancements, Performance, Cost Savings and Brand Appeal. For more details on each of these categories, click here.


All nominations must be submitted by the end of day on August 10, 2017.

CLICK HERE to submit your nomination form 

For questions about the nomination process contact Rachel Potts at