Seven new categories confirmed for Plastics Industry Awards

SEVEN new categories have been added to this year’s Plastics Industry Awards.

Entries are now to companies and individuals from across the UK and Republic of Ireland, with the winners set to be announced at a ceremony in London in November.

The seven new award categories for 2024 are:

  • Sustainable Product Design
  • Recycler of the Year
  • Recycling Machinery Innovation
  • Supplier Partnership – Extrusion & Blow Moulding
  • Supplier Partnership – Injection Moulding
  • Supplier Partnership – Auxiliary
  • Additive Manufacturing Solutions

Matt Barber, global events director at Crain Communications, said, “As the Plastics Industry Awards enter their 23rd year, we felt it was time to refresh our award categories to reflect the evolution of the industry as a whole and to broaden their appeal to every part of the UK & Eire plastics community. The category changes recognise the importance of plastics recycling and sustainability along with highlighting the contributions made by injection moulding, extrusion and blow moulding and additive manufacturing.”

The individual awards include the apprentice or trainee of the year, which carries a prize of £500 donated by the Polymer Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMMDA), the unsung hero award, and the plastics industry ambassador.

One of the most sought-after awards remains the processor of the year trophy. There are supplier partnership awards for injection moulding, extrusion and blow moulding, toolmakers and auxiliary.

Additional categories recognising innovation include best training and development programme and best business initiative.

The full list of Plastics Industry Awards 2024 categories is as follows:

•    Apprentice of the Year

•    Best Business Initiative

•    Sustainable Product Design

•    Material Innovation Award

•    Additive Manufacturing Solutions

•    Processor of the Year

•    Recycler of the Year

•    Recycling Machinery Innovation

•    Best Training & Development Programme

•    Unsung Hero Award

•    Plastics Industry Ambassador

•    Supplier Partnership – Extrusion & Blow Moulding

•    Supplier Partnership – Injection Moulding

•    Supplier Partnership – Toolmaker

•    Supplier Partnership – Auxiliary

The deadline for entries is 12th July and finalists will be revealed in September.

For online entry and more information about the Plastics Industry Awards 2024, visit: