Artenius PET Packaging Europe, Distrupol and Engel UK were among the winners at last night's glittering U.K.'s Plastics Industry Awards, which were held in the London Hilton on Park Lane.
The ceremony, the 11th annual event to be run by PRW, was hosted by TV presenter and comedian Dara O Briain in front of a sell-out audience of 800 guests.
Other award recipients included designers of a potentially life-saving piece of rock climbing equipment and a student who designed a grow box enabling residents in high rise flats to cultivate their own vegetables.
Guests also heard about collaborations between all parts of the plastics supply chain which had resulted in energy efficiencies, improved safety and boosted profits.
Industry veteran Colin Williamson picked up the Personal Contribution Award to the Plastics Industry for his long-standing commitment to recycling.
PRW publisher Steve Crowhurst said: “We received a really high standard of entries from companies and individuals whose expertise and vision have helped to develop lightweight and durable products which solve consumer, medical and industrial problems.
“It was a really uplifting evening, which celebrated the versatility of polymers and the innovation driving our industry forward. The winners are to be congratulated on their achievements.”
The winners of the Plastics Industry Awards 2011 are:
Consumer Product Design of the Year
Won by John Ewans Design for designing a washable, hygienic adjustable rowing shoe, now sold throughout the world and worn by the UK National Rowing squad.
Industrial Product Design
Won by FSW Design for TroBord, a lightweight blow-moulded ballast board developed for the rail industry.
Agentdraw Young Designer of the Year
Won by Barty Rowland-Orme who is studying product design at Brighton University. Barty developed ‘Urban Greens', a hydroponic growing aid which allows inner city dwellers to successfully grow their own vegetables over balconies or outside windows.
Apprentice or Trainee of the Year
Won by Faith Kelly, Engineering Advance Apprentice at Mann+Hummel, who has been entrusted with considerable responsibility, liaising directly with large OEMs in the automotive sector.
Best Energy or Environmental Initiative
Won by Rosti UK for implementing a raft of green initiatives including installing a 2.2 MW wind turbine which it hopes will generate up to 50 per cent of its total energy requirements by the end of the year.
Best Business Initiative
Won by Wavin for successfully creating a consortium of toolmakers to work on a project to manufacture a new range of plumbing fittings.
Best Training and Development Programme
Won by Classic Industries Europe for building up the multi-skilling levels of its entire workforce to create a flexible team which can move from job to job quickly.
Best Technology Application
Won by Electronics For Industry who developed a hot runner control system which offers improved operator safety and reliability as well as reducing material and maintenance costs.
Supplier Partnership: Polymer Distributor
Won by Distrupol and DMM for their partnership work on Dragon Cam, a spring-loaded mechanism which secures a climbing rope into a rock face.
Supplier Partnership: Prime Machinery
Won by Engel UK and Ambic Equipment for a mould shop overhaul which resulted in average operating efficiency rising from below 60 per cent to 86 per cent.
Supplier Partnership: Ancillary Machinery
Won by TH Plastics and Birkby's Plastics for developing a turnkey solution that enabled Birkby's Plastics to recycle its waste product on-site.
Supplier Partnership: Masterbatch, Compound or Additive Supplier
Won by Matrix Plastics and BioCote: a partnership which saw the lead time for antimicrobial masterbatches reduce from two or three weeks to two or three days and a dramatic increase in customer service.
Supplier Partnership: Toolmaker
Won by Midas Pattern and Mast Group for the Uri-plus project to update a medical screening device, which judges said met all the commercial, technical timing and quality challenges.
Personal Contribution Award
Won by Colin Williamson, former chairman of the British Plastics Federation's Recycling Group and founder of Smile Plastics. Judges said Colin had been “banging the drum for plastics recycling long before it became trendy,” and should be thanked for his part in improving the image of plastics recycling.
Processor of the Year
Won by Artenius PET Packaging Europe who impressed judges with its ambitious diversification strategy and commitment to quality.
Full details of the winners can be found on www.plasticsawards.com