Time to Enter the Plastics Industry Awards 2014

Time to Enter the Plastics Industry Awards 2014

Deadline for entries 16th May 2014


The 2014 Plastics Industry Awards are now open for entry. To be in with a chance of winning the most respected accolades for the plastics business, companies and individuals must submit their entries online at by 16 May 2014. Winners will be announced at a black-tie gala awards ceremony on Friday 24 October 2014 at the London Hilton on Park Lane.


The Plastics Industry Awards reward excellence in materials usage, design and manufacturing as well as training and environmental performance. Launched in 2001, the awards comprise 15 categories judged by a panel of industry experts*. Entry is free and there are opportunities for supplier companies, OEM manufacturers, plastics processors, consultants, trainees and designers to all showcase their achievements.


This year’s design awards include categories for Consumer Product of the Year, Industrial Product of the Year and Young Designer of the Year. Open to the under 25s, the Young Designer of the Year category requires entrants to design an original non-electrical product featuring plastic parts which demonstrates commercial potential and a mass market in either the retail or industrial sectors.


All companies and academic establishments in the industry with apprentices or trainees are encouraged to nominate an individual for the Apprentice or Trainee of the Year Award which carries a prize of £1000 donated by the Polymer Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMMDA). Joshua Appleyard, Apprentice Toolmaker at Nifco UK, who was named Apprentice of the Year in 2013, said: “Being put forward for the award was a privilege – and finding out on the night I had won was absolutely brilliant! Being able to represent the company gave me a real sense of pride.” Joshua is now in his final year of apprenticeship and is looking forward to progressing within Nifco UK as a qualified toolmaker.

Plastek UK currently holds the trophy for Processor of the Year. Speaking of the award, General Manager, Mick Shaw, said: “This category is the most coveted and prestigious of the awards, and we believe that this accolade will help to raise Plastek’s profile in the industry further.”

Mike Jordan, Managing Director, Summit Systems Ltd which won the award for Supplier Partnership-Ancillary Machinery in 2013 said: “Summit Systems have a long history of being associated with the Plastics Industry Awards, both as a sponsor and a winner on seven occasions. These awards are an event that the whole industry instantly recognises and to be a winner is something very special.”

Last year’s gala event was a sell out with 800 plastics professionals and their guests attending the glittering ceremony, so book your table early to avoid disappointment. Tickets include a champagne reception, four course dinner, celebrity awards presentation and after-show entertainment. Discounts apply to bookings made before 1 June 2014. For more information about the Plastics Industry Awards including submitting an entry or booking a table go to


Plastics Industry Awards Categories:


  • Best Technology Application of the Year
  • Best Environmental or Energy Efficiency Programme of the Year
  • Best Business Initiative of the Year
  • Processor of the Year
  • Consumer Product Design of the Year
  • Industrial Product Design of the Year
  • Young Designer of the Year
  • Best Training and Development Programme of the Year
  • Apprentice or Trainee of the Year
  • Supplier Partnership – Ancillary Machinery
  • Supplier Partnership – Masterbatch/Compound/Additive
  • Supplier Partnership – Polymer Distributor
  • Supplier Partnership – Polymer Producer
  • Supplier Partnership – Prime Machinery
  • Supplier Partnership – Toolmaker


The Plastics Industry Awards are organised and produced by Crain Communications, publishers of PRW magazine, the leading trade title for the plastics sector.


Platinum sponsors of The Plastics Industry Awards 2013 are Engel Moulders Group and Krauss Maffei. Gold sponsors include SABIC, BMB, Hasco, Distrupol, Sumitomo Demag and Summit Systems. They also enjoy the support of the British Plastics Federation, British Industrial Design Association, GTMA, PMMDA, the Polymer Training Innovation Centre (PTIC) and the Plastics Design & Moulding exhibition and conference (PDM 14) and Plastics Recycling Expo.



Editors notes:

*This year’s judging panel includes Dr Robin Kent, Managing Director, Tangram Technology; Peter Barnes, Consultant and GTMA Board Member; Mercia Gick; Colin Williamson, Director, Smile Plastics; Paul Davidson, Special Advisor, WRAP; Charmaine Bowers, previously Operations Manager, Polymer Training Innovation Centre; Tony Perkin, Director, Tech-Value; Robert Tomlinson, Managing Consultant, Plastic Moulding Solutions; Dr George Kellie, Chairman, KellieSolutions™; Richard Brown Managing Director, G & A Moulding Technology Ltd; Julia Moore, chief executive, GTMA; Peter Clarke, Head of Creative Engineering, GR8 Engineering; Professor Gordon Smith, Head of Polymer and Composite Materials  Group, University of Warwick;  Les Wynn, Manager of Experience Design and Covers Engineering, HCL Technologies Ltd; John Whitehead, ex-Editor, PRW; Alex Pullman, Managing Director, TS Design; Dr Peter Cox, Consultant and Chairman of the Plastics Consultancy Network; Peter Woodall, Managing Partner, PRP Consulting LLP; John Carr, Quality Safety and Environmental Advisor, HBC Engineering Solutions; Darren Nock, Category Buyer/Tooling Specialist, Caterpillar; Paul Neal, Director, Product Partners; Peter Reed, Director, TRIG Creative and Graeme Paterson, Director, Brightworks.


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