Plastics Industry Awards 2017
The Plastics Industry Awards 2017 took place on the 27 October 2017 at the London Hilton on Park Lane.
Consumer Product Design of the Year
Omlet – Eglu Cube
To produce this innovative chicken coop, various options were weighed. Injection moulding tooling costs were too high; rotational moulding was ruled out due to the diﬃculty of producing mouldings of suﬃcient dimensional accuracy from multiple tools. Blow moulding oﬀered both highly accurate mouldings – there were 10 separate parts – and vastly improved speed of production compared to rotational moulding from a single set of tools. Over 20 prototypes were produced. It took just 8 months to get from project start to ﬁrst oﬀ tools, delivering on the company’s requirement to have the new model in time for the new chicken season. The product launched in the US, Europe and Australia all on the same day, and sales have broken all records.
The judges praised the practical, contemporary design of the coop, which is easy to clean, lightweight, strong and well-insulated. As a complete rethink of the traditional wooden chicken coop, the Eglu perfectly answers the needs of modern-day poultry keepers while creating a secure, predator-proof and comfortable place for the chickens to roost.
Industrial Product Design of the Year