Plastics innovation recognised at annual awards evening

THE winners of the Plastics Industry Awards 2022 awards have been announced.

Comedian and writer Andy Parsons hosted the gala evening in London, which celebrated the achievements of those at the forefront of innovation and sustainable use of plastics.
Emballator Packaging (UK) and Engel UK won Best Industrial Product Design with its 100% Post-Consumer Waste Paint Pail. Berry Superfos won Best Recycled Plastic Product for its Closed Loop Recycled Paint Containers.

The Young Designer Award went London South Bank University student Thomas White, who bagged the £500 prize courtesy of sponsors Plastek UK. Joshua Clark of Reliance Worldwide Corporation won the Apprentice or Trainee Award and was awarded a £500 prize by the PMMDA.

Judges named Daniel Kelk, project engineer at Plastek UK, as the Unsung Hero of the plastics industry, while Mike Bate, MD of Kraus Maffei UK, won the Plastic Industry Ambassador award.

The Processor of the Year Award – which looks at company performance across a series of different areas, including business growth, technology innovation, environmental custody, and community involvement – was won by Advanced Plastics Group.

Matt Barber, global events director at award organiser Crain Communications, said, “After what feels like yet another tough year for plastics manufacturing and design in the UK and Ireland, it has been an inspiration and delight to witness the outstanding achievements of this year’s winners at The Plastics Industry Awards. Congratulations to all of them.”

The full list of winners were as follows:

Best Consumer Product Design – International

VENTETE Micro-Collapsible Cycle Helmet, VENTETE and Adreco Plastics

Best Industrial Product Design – International – Sponsored by Distrupol

100% Post-Consumer Waste Paint Pail, Emballator Packaging (UK) and Engel UK

Best Recycled Plastic Product

Closed Loop Recycled Paint Containers, Berry Superfos

Young Designer Award – sponsored by Plastek UK

Thomas White, London South Bank University

Materials Innovation Award


Supplier Partnership – Prime Machinery – sponsored by Interplas

Arburg and Panorama Antennas

Supplier Partnership – Ancillary Machinery – sponsored by PlastikCity

TH Plastics and Strata Products (Berry Global)

Supplier Partnership – Toolmaker sponsored by HASCO

Agemaspark and Advanced Plastics

Apprentice or Trainee Award – Sponsored by Meusburger in association with PMMDA

Joshua Clark, Reliance Worldwide Corporation

Best Technology Application

Plastek UK

Best Environmental or Energy Efficiency Initiative

IPL Rotherham / MGB Plastics

Best Business Initiative

Polystar Plastics

Best Training & Development Programme

TEX Plastics and Sierra 57 Consult

Unsung Hero

Daniel Kelk, Plastek UK

Processor Award – sponsored by Engel UK

Advanced Plastics Group

Plastics Industry Ambassador

Mike Bate, Krauss Maffei