Categories for 2021

Categories 2021 

The category is open to all companies in the industry - suppliers, processors, OEMs - who have apprentices or trainees and to academic establishments.

The judges will be looking for measurable results in areas such as academic achievements, skills development and overall performance in the workplace. An individual who goes above the call of duty, shows high levels of initiative and is pro active within their own environment.

Each person must be entered by his or her training establishment or company. Companies will need to demonstrate the strategy behind an apprenticeship and demonstrate career planning. A headshot of the individual will need to be uploaded with the entry. An online interview with the judges will be arranged during July/August. 

£500 Prize Money for the Winner of the award kindly donated by the Polymer Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMMDA) 

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This award is open to processors (manufacturers of components or finished products using plastics materials) and suppliers which can demonstrate real business growth through a range of enterprising initiatives, while keeping in mind the sustainability and circular ambitions of the industry today.  

For example, these could include reponse to the pandemic, new business development, export growth, entering new markets, customer care initiatives, quality programmes, innovative marketing strategies, taking advantage of external help and advice, implementing management/planning software, improving supply chain management and so on.

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This award covers product designs for markets such as domestic products, sports and leisure goods, electronic products, fashion accessories, medical and pharmaceutical devices and consumer packaging. Entries are encouraged from product designers and design engineers at consultancies, processors and end-use companies. An important aspect is how well the design incorporates the principles of design for sustainability. This category is open to UK and Ireland product designs which may include an international element. 

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This award recognises companies that have made a significant improvement in their environmental performance and/or energy efficiency. The judges are looking for specific programmes that have led to real measurable benefits. Examples could include scrap reduction, recycling schemes, energy saving programmes, community initiatives or designing for the environment.

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This award covers product designs for markets such as transport, office equipment, engineering subcomponents, safety equipment, building and construction, medical equipment, industrial packaging and products that are a benefit to society or the environment . Entries are encouraged from product designers and design engineers at consultancies, processors and end-use companies. The judges will be looking for products that impress in areas such as materials selection, design for manufacture, design for sustainability and fitness for purpose.  This category is open to UK and Ireland product designs which may include an international element.

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The aim of this competition is to raise awareness and showcase the latest product innovations and designs for recycled plastics.  The award further recognises the progression in the applications of recycled plastics, and presents a real opportunity for the industry to demonstrate their commitment to the environment and saving resources through the use of recycled materials. 

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This award recognises companies that have instigated, developed or applied innovative technologies that contribute to today’s sustainability goals. It is open to organisations or companies which can demonstrate how they have gained tangible benefits through genuine plastics materials or processing innovations. The judges will be looking for quantifiable benefits in areas such as production efficiency, quality standards, product performance or profitability

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This award is open to companies which view the development of skills in their staff as an integral part of their own development. The judges will be looking for investment in training, examples of effectiveness, good appraisal and personal development programmes that help promote the goal of sustainable employability within the industry

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This special category will honour the businesses that have reacted to the global pandemic and pivoted the way they operate to be a force for good within the plastics industry.

Maybe you have been involved in making specialist PPE; or have provided specific machinery or resource to help businesses and people during these difficult times – or maybe you have reacted to the pandemic in a way that has seen you retain jobs or even win new business through new innovations.

The judges will be interested to find out more about:

How you and your business reacted to Covid-19

The story behind your actions and how you achieved what you did

A brief overview of your company

The impact of your actions on either your business or the community/ other businesses

If applicable information about any new product launches or commitment to innovation

If applicable the impact of your actions on your employees

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This award recognises innovation and forward-looking vision in the company’s delivery of (new) services, processes or products to the market. The judges will be looking at the company’s ability to leverage innovative thinking into successful new products, processes or services able to meet (unmet) needs in the market, while engaging constructively with its customers and/or the community.

This may refer to:

- the raw materials producer’s technical sophistication, i.e. development/implementation of sustainable new or leading-edge technologies;

- new or different ways of working;

- leadership in addressing technical and/or societal challenges regarding plastics production.

Aspects the judges will be looking at:

- creativity, for example in the development of novel products, services, use of resources;

- solution-oriented thinking when confronted with challenges (e.g .regulatory issues, force majeure);

- the relevance, benefits and impact of the innovation in the market;.

- end-of-life options.

This award is open to processors (manufacturers of finished components and products using plastics materials) and OEMs processing in-house which are able to demonstrate to the judges their overall excellence.

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This award is open to processors (manufacturers of finished components and products using plastics materials) and OEMs processing in-house which are able to demonstrate to the judges their overall excellence. Entry into at least one other category is expected in addition to entering this overall category, as it would give the judges an opportunity to understand more about the company’s areas of excellence.

The judges will be looking for leading sustainable performances across a number of areas, which could include business enterprise and growth, technical innovation, people development, manufacturing efficiency, customer relations or addressing environmental concerns. In other words, the company needs to be an all-round world-class processor.

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Supplier partnership categories enable businesses of any size, large or small, to show how they can work effectively, productively and sustainably with a customer on a particular project in their part of the plastics industry. These particular awards recognise companies who supply goods and services to plastics processors and examine the work they do during and after the life of a project. This may include multiple partnerships and collaborations within a supply chain. If you are entering this category you should try and tell us as much about the partnerships and how this brought the project into being as you can.

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Supplier partnership categories enable businesses of any size, large or small, to show how they can work effectively, productively and sustainably with a customer on a particular project in their part of the plastics industry. These particular awards recognise companies who supply goods and services to plastics processors and examine the work they do during and after the life of a project. This may include multiple partnerships and collaborations within a supply chain. If you are entering this category you should try and tell us as much about the partnerships and how this brought the project into being as you can.

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Supplier partnership categories enable businesses of any size, large or small, to show how they can work effectively, productively and sustainably with a customer on a particular project in their part of the plastics industry. These particular awards recognise companies who supply goods and services to plastics processors and examine the work they do during and after the life of a project. This may include multiple partnerships and collaborations within a supply chain. If you are entering this category you should try and tell us as much about the partnerships and how this brought the project into being as you can.

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This category is open to individuals of 25 years old and under. They can be students, company employees or anyone with a talent for design. The brief is to design a useful, original product. It should obviously use plastic parts, although it does not have to be made exclusively from the material. Product designs that are a benefit to society or the environment, also industrial or commercial use. Entrants will need to submit rendered images of their project. Additionally, a product profile showing due consideration for materials, processing techniques, end markets etc, should be provided.

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Do you have a member of staff who works tirelessly for your organisation, who always goes the extra mile, but who doesn’t make a big song and dance about it? Is there someone in your company, whether they work on the shop floor, the boardroom, or anywhere in-between, who you think should get much wider recognition for what they do for the business? Did they go above and beyond during the Covid crisis?

If the answer to these questions is a resounding ‘yes’ then why not nominate them for the Plastics Industry ‘Unsung Hero’ award, to be handed out at the Plastics Industry Awards 2021. Sustainable Plastics magazine is asking companies in the UK plastics industry to put forward a member of staff who always goes out of their way for the business and who you believe deserves greater acknowledgment for their efforts.

Simply submit the name of the employee who you think should be recognised with the ‘Unsung Hero’ award, outlining what he or she does in your company and, in no more than 500 words, tell us why you think they should win. It doesn’t matter if they are young or old. It doesn’t matter if they have worked for your company for a couple of years or a couple of decades¹; the overriding factor will be the difference they make to your business.

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