Comedian Sean Lock announced the winners of the 12th annual Plastics Industry Awards, which were held at the London Hilton Hotel on Park Lane last night (Friday 28th September 2012).
A packed audience of 800 industry guests heard about a diverse range of winning plastics projects which have helped to relocate production of the Trunki suitcase to the UK, improve the safety of scaffolding board, provide cheap spectacles for the population of Rwanda and revolutionise medical diagnostics testing.
Nathan Bestwick was named Young Designer of the Year for his patented MillMii pepper grinder, designed for people with dexterity problems and weakness in their hands.
A significant number of winners were praised by judges for the efforts they had made in reducing the environmental impact of their products or processes. These included Axion Polymers who worked with Marks and Spencer to develop a gift range made from waste fridge plastic, and Artenius PET Packaging Europe who won two awards: Best Business Initiative of the Year for its glass jar replacement and Environmental or Energy Efficiency Programme of the Year.
Nifco UK won the coveted Processor of the Year award for an investment programme which included a new state-of-the-art, energy-efficient manufacturing facility.
Organiser Steve Crowhurst said: “Once again we received a really high standard of entries from companies and individuals whose expertise and vision have helped to develop products that push the boundaries of what can be achieved in manufacturing.
“It was a really uplifting evening, which celebrated the versatility of plastics and the innovation driving our industry forward. The winners are to be congratulated on their achievements.”