Plastics Industry Awards returns in 2021 with ‘hybrid’ event

AFTER missing a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, organisers of the Plastics Industry Awards have revealed the ceremony will return for 2021, culminating in a Christmas-themed black tie gala evening and live entertainment at The Waldorf Hilton, London on Thursday 2nd December.

For the first time in its history, the announcement of the winners will also be broadcast as part of a two-day livestream networking and learning event featuring ‘Ask The Expert’ webinars and Q&A sessions, starting on 1st December.

Entries for the awards via the website have now opened, with the deadline for nominations on 14th June.

“After a very difficult year for everyone in 2020, I am delighted that we are able to bring back the Plastics Industry Awards for our 20th anniversary year,” revealed Matt Barber, sales and events director at Crain Communications. “Never has it felt more important to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of our industry. Our thanks go to our Platinum sponsor Engel UK and gold sponsors Hasco and Meusburger, whose generous support has helped us to stage this year’s event.”

Companies and individuals including product designers, OEM manufacturers, suppliers, plastics processors, consultants, apprentices and trainees from across the plastics sector in the UK and Ireland are encouraged to enter.

The sustainable use of plastics will be a core consideration for the judging of all 15 awards this year, while specific awards designed to recognise environmental achievements include the best environmental or energy efficiency initiative award, the best recycled plastic product category, sponsored by RECOUP, and the materials innovation award.

The design awards for best consumer product and best industrial product have been widened this year and can include an international element for UK product designs. The Young Designer Award returns for 2021, while additional categories recognising industry innovation include best business initiative, best training and development programme and best technology application.

A special award to recognise the industry’s Covid-19 business hero has been added. This category will honour businesses that have reacted to the pandemic and ‘pivoted’ operations to be a force for good within the plastics industry.

Individual awards include the the apprentice or trainee of the year, which carries a prize of £500 donated by the Polymer Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMMDA). A trophy will also be presented to the processor of the year, supported by Platinum awards sponsors Engel UK. There are also supplier partnership awards for prime machinery, ancillary machinery and toolmakers.

Table bookings are now available. Tickets include a champagne reception, four course dinner with wine, awards presentation and after dinner entertainment. Companies and organisations booking a table also receive a listing on the Plastics Industry Awards website for the two-day hybrid event.