It’s Time to Enter the Plastics Industry Awards 2017

It’s Time to Enter the Plastics Industry Awards 2017

Deadline for entries 31st May


Entries have now opened for this year’s Plastics Industry Awards (PIAs), which culminate in a glamorous back tie gala evening at the London Hilton on Park Lane on Friday 27 October. The deadline for award entries is 31st May and the online-only submission process is via the event website:

Now in their seventeenth successful year, the Plastics Industry Awards have been shortlisted in two categories in this year’s Awards Awards: Best Overall Awards Event over 500 attendees and Best Awards Event by a Publisher.

Companies and individuals including OEM manufacturers, suppliers, plastics processors, consultants, trainees and designers from across the plastics sector in UK and Republic of Ireland are encouraged to enter in fifteen different award categories.

Design awards include separate categories for the plastic consumer and industrial products of the year.

“Winning a PIA award is recognition from our peers and is therefore held in high esteem amongst the sectors and businesses we work,” said Matthew Conley, Senior Designer, HJC Design winners of Industrial Product Design of the Year in 2016. “The awards night is a great promotion for the business which has led to several large commissions. The event itself is a wonderful night.”

Individual awards include young designer of the year, apprentice or trainee of the year and an unsung hero award. The Young Designer of the Year will receive a £1,000 prize, donated by Motan Colortronic. The Apprentice or Trainee of the Year Award also carries a prize of £1,000 donated by the Polymer Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMMDA). For the unsung hero award, organisations are invited to nominate a staff member who goes above and beyond the call of duty in their day-to-day working life and who in their employer’s view deserves wider recognition.

“This award has helped to raise my profile both within the industry and in academic circles, helping me to build and develop my networks within the industry and inspire future students from my University.” Said Lucy Hickling, Product Supervisor, at Plastribution and winner of Apprentice or Trainee of the Year 2016.

Environmental achievements are recognised in the best environmental or energy efficiency award and the best recycled plastic product category.

“The Plastics Industry Award has been great for raising the profile of our business with existing customers and target prospects,” commented Mark Brazier, Sales & Marketing Director of Counterplas Ltd, winner of Best Recycled Plastic Product in 2016. “It has also been a very positive experience for the whole Counterplas team.”

With teamwork so important in today’s plastic product manufacturing, there are also supplier partnership awards for prime and ancillary machinery, toolmakers and material suppliers. One of the most sought-after awards is the processor of the year trophy. Categories recognising industry innovation include best business initiative, best training and development programme and best technology application. In addition, the judges will also choose the winner of the prestigious personal contribution award.

Table bookings for the gala dinner and awards ceremony are being taken now. Tickets include a champagne reception, four-course dinner, celebrity awards presentation and after-show entertainment.

Sponsors of The Plastics Industry Awards 2017 include Engel UK (Processor of the Year); RJG Technologies (Best Training and Development Programme); Hasco (Supplier Partnership – Toolmaker); Distrupol (Industrial Product Design); Motan Colortonic (Young Designer of the Year); Sumitomo (SHI) Demag (Apprentice or Trainee of the Year); Fanuc (Best Environmental or Energy Efficiency Programme) and Meusburger (Best Business Initiative). The awards also enjoy the support of industry associations the British Plastics Federation, British Industrial Design Association, RECOUP, GTMA and PMMDA.

For more information about the Plastics Industry Awards including submitting an entry or booking a table go to


 About the Plastics Industry Awards: Following the outstanding success of the Plastics Industry Awards in 2016 , they have been shortlisted for two categories at The Awards Awards: Best Overall Awards Event (over 500 attendees) and Best Awards Event by a Publisher. The Plastics Industry Awards are organised and produced by Crain Communications, publishers of Plastics News Europe magazine, the leading trade title for the plastics sector.


For more information:

Jackie Hughes

Crain Communications

Tel: 07736 030316