Boddingtons Plastics, the Kent-based injection moulder, was named Processor of the Year at this year’s Plastics Industry Awards (PIAs), which were held in London last night.
It is the first time the group has won the coveted prize, which was picked up by the firm’s managing director Andy Tibbs.
This year’s PIAs, which featured a ‘Great Gatsby’ theme, were held once again at the London Hilton on Park Lane in front of a near-700-strong audience, drawn from the UK plastic industry, and hosted by TV presenter Mark Durden-Smith.
Other award winners among the 16 categories included Trunki, which picked up the Consumer Design award for the second time, winning the category with its Jurni ‘ride-on’ suitcase for teenagers; Matrix Plastics for its work with Belgian processor deSter in the revised Materials’ Supplier Partnership category, while Plastribution’s Lucy Hickling was named Apprentice or Trainee of the Year, picking up a cheque for £1,000 from the Polymer Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association in the process.
A cheque for £1,000 also went to the Young Designer of the Year winner Adam Haynes, courtesy of category sponsor Motan Colortronic.
Sumitomo Demag picked up the Best Technology Application for the second year running, this time with its ActiveRemote diagnostic tool, and a brand new category, Unsung Hero, was won by Paul Hunter of Andel Plastics, who as well as his winners’ trophy received a champagne lunch for two at the Savoy in London, courtesy of category sponsor Lawson Keys.
The Personal Contribution to the Plastics Industry award went to Julia Moore, the long-serving chief executive of the GTMA.
The 2016 Plastics Industry Award winners in full:
Consumer Product Design of the Year: Jurni for the ‘Trunki’ suitcase
Industrial Product Design of the Year: HJC Design for Eco-Curve
Best Recycled Plastic Product of the Year: Counterplas for the Loft Stilt
Young Designer of the Year: Adam Haynes for the Bastion portable sharps bin
Supplier Partnership – Materials: Matrix Plastics and its work with deSter
Supplier Partnership – Prime Machinery: Fanuc UK and its work with Eyejusters
Supplier Partnership – Ancillary Machinery: Hi-Tech Automation for its work with Eyejusters
Supplier Partnership – Toolmaker: Faulkner Moulds for its work with Richard Carter
Apprentice or Trainee of the Year: Lucy Hickling, of Plastribution
Best Technology Application of the Year: Sumitomo Demag’s ActiveRemote
Best Environmental or Energy Efficiency Programme of the Year: Rutland Plastics
Best Business Initiative of the Year: Eyejusters
Best Training and Development Programme of the Year: Corrosion Resistant Products
Personal Contribution to the Plastics Industry: Julia Moore
Processor of the Year: Boddingtons Plastics