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Plastics Industry Award 2009

21 October 2009

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On Friday 2nd October 2009 the ninth annual Plastics Industry Awards took place at the London Hilton, Park Lane. Guest presenter Paul Ross announced the winners to a record crowd of over 500 plastics professionals and guests at the event’s gala dinner.

Paul Ross hosted the 2009 Plastics Industry AwardsThe Plastics Industry Awards is the industry’s most prestigious awards initiative, recognising and celebrating achievement throughout the UK plastics industry. The awards offer an insight into current developments in materials usage, product design and innovative manufacturing. Entries came from all sectors of the industry, highlighting a wide range of novel solutions.

“This has been a tough year for the UK plastics industry, which made it all the more pleasing that this year’s winners and finalists displayed such strong performances in our innovation, environmental, training and customer service categories,” said Steve Crowhurst, Organiser. “It’s great to be able to celebrate the success of plastics manufacture in the UK and to showcase the achievements of leading plastics design and manufacture in the UK.”
The awards were open to all companies involved in the UK plastics industry including OEM manufacturers, processors and consultants. Each award had different qualifying criteria.
Winners for Plastics Industry Awards 2009.

Consumer Product Design Award

Won by Cardiff-based Amadeus Associates International for the development and manufacture of designer Austen Miller of OZ10’s spill-resistant drinking cup for the baby and toddler feeding market.

Industrial Product Design Award

Won by Kinneir Dufort for the Ambulight, the world’s first portable photodynamic therapy (PDT) device to treat skin cancer. Ambicare is evaluating Ambulight devices in the field, and is in advanced discussions with pharmaceutical companies in the dermatology field and distributors.

Apprentice or Trainee of the Year

Won by Michael Gommersall of Swish Building products in Tamworth, West Midlands. The judges were impressed by the way in which Michael has gained the respect and support of his older colleagues – his enthusiasm for doing things the right way has directly brought about a culture change in his company in areas such as health & safety.

Personal Contribution Award

Won by John Whitehead who in September of this year retired from his post as deputy editor of Plastics and Rubber Weekly after working for the publication for 28 years.

Best Technology Application

Won by Letchworth, Hertfordshire-based Rainbow Medical Engineering for having developed a manufacturing technology that minimises the risk of a urinary tract catheter contributing to patient infection while simultaneously eliminating the risk of defects.

Best Environmental or Energy Efficiency Programme

Won by Rosti Technical Plastics of Larkhall, Glasgow. The company has made a 23% saving at the in waste and is ahead of target on its plans to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions by 12%. It is also working to install a 1.8MW wind turbine to supply 60% of its energy needs.

Best Business Initiative

Won by Nampak Plastics Europe for the development and successful promotion of a bespoke 100% recyclable, child-friendly HDPE bottle for school milk deliveries in South Wales. This was in response to direct requests from schools for an environmentally friendly alternative to cartons that were being used.

Best Training & Development Programme

Won by Teesdale-based RW Injection Moulding, which impressed the judges with its innovative multi-skills technician training.

Best Health & Safety Programme

Won by Nifco UK where employee involvement in internal audits, risk assessments and standard operating procedures has successfully boosted the culture needed to maintain a safe workplace.

Processor of the Year

Won by Rosti Technical Plastics of Larkhall, Glasgow for its combination of day-to-day excellence with far sighted, creative thinking. Recent innovations at Rosti include a a dedicated customer care centre; installation of new energy saving lighting, ongoing recruitment of apprentices despite the recession and continued investment in new manufacturing plant.

Polymer Producer of the Year

Won by DuPont Engineering Polymers, which now offers polymers based on renewable resources including its castor oil based nylons and a growing range of bio-based additives.
Polymer Distributor or Compounder of the Year
Won by Chertsey-based Distrupol which won high ratings from customers in each of the voting criteria: material quality and performance, customer service and delivery and technical support.

Prime Machinery Supplier of the Year

Won by Warwick-based Engel UK which has developed a close relationship with UK processors by forming the Engel Moulders Group. The moulders group meets regularly and is kept informed of the latest technological developments in their sector.
Ancillary Machinery Supplier of the Year
Won by Tamworth-based Summit Systems whose customers praised it for value for money, quality of service and support, machine reliability and technical innovation.

Toolmaker of the Year

Won by Pickering-based Ryetools which has expanded in recent years, succeeding in a difficult market by investing widely to offer quality moulds and a top-class range of services to industries as diverse as medical, pharmaceutical, beverage goods, packaging, consumer goods, plumbing and automotive.

Masterbatch, Compound or Additive Supplier of the Year

This new category was won by Stafford-based Addmaster which supplies over 800 additives to the plastics industry including its Biomaster antimicrobial additive which has been widely used in medical products.

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