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Plastics Industry Award winners revealed

Sam Gutheridge was named Young Designer of the Year

THE winners of the 2018 Plastics Industry Awards (PIAs) have been announced at a ceremony in London.

Winning projects included a recycled flat-profile wine bottle, produced by RPC M&H Plastics for Garçon Wines. The bottle is made from 100% recycled PET and can fit through a letterbox.

Consumer Product Design of the Year went to The FlipPad, a medical-grade case for the iPad designed by FutureNova. Its design is said to be built to withstand harsh infection control chemicals, while a touch-sensitive screen allows staff to control the iPad even when wearing surgical gloves.

A haemodialysis system designed by Smallfry Industrial Design & Innovation Strategy in consultation with patient user groups won Industrial Product Design of the Year. Meanwhile, Brunel University student Sam Gutheridge, who designed an Intelligent Clinical Observation System, was named Young Designer of the Year.

The Processor of the Year prize went to Rosti Automotive Larkhall. Mechanic Derek Bennett of Plastek UK picked up the Unsung Hero accolade, while his Plastek colleague Luke Peters was named Apprentice of the Year.

Plastic container manufacturer MGB Plastics won Best Energy or Environmental Programme, having received certification from the Carbon Trust for ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’. The Best Business Initiative category was won by RJG Technologies.

Matt Barber, sales and events director at Crain Communications, which organises the PIAs said, “The PIAs play a hugely important role in showcasing the best that the UK plastics industry has to offer, whilst reflecting the pace and technological change that has taken place in the industry in the past 12 months. The winning entries this year in particular demonstrated how innovative plastics product designs are providing vital solutions for our healthcare service, as well as contributing to a more sustainable society.”

Plastics Industry Awards 2018 Winners:

Consumer Product Design of the Year – The FlipPad by FutureNova

Industrial Product Design of the Year – Quanta Dialysis Technologies by Smallfry Industrial Design and Innovation Strategy

Best Recycled Plastic Product of the Year – RPC M&H Plastics for Garçon Wines’ rPET Flat Profile Wine Bottle

Young Designer of the Year – Sam Gutheridge, Brunel University

Apprentice of the Year – Luke Peters, Plastek UK

Unsung Hero – Derek Bennett, Plastek UK

Best Training & Development Programme of the Year – Trend Technologies

Best Technology Application of the Year – OGM

Best Environmental or Energy Efficiency Programme of the Year – MGB Plastics

Best Business Initiative of the Year – RJG Technologies

Processor of the Year – Rosti Automotive Larkhall

Supplier Partnership (Ancillary Machinery) – Piovan with forteq

Supplier Partnership (Materials) – Matrix Plastics with Floreon Transforming Packaging

Supplier Partnership (Prime Machinery) – Engel UK with MGS mfg Group

Supplier Partnership (Toolmaker) – Faulkner Moulds with BCA

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