Oscars of the UK plastics industry handed out

Best Energy or Environmental Initiative

Won by Rosti UK for implementing a raft of green initiatives including installing a 2.2 MW wind turbine which it hopes will generate up to 50 per cent of its total energy requirements by the end of the year.

Best Business Initiative

Won by Wavin for successfully creating a consortium of toolmakers to work on a project to manufacture a new range of plumbing fittings.

Best Training and Development Programme

Won by Classic Industries Europe for building up the multi-skilling levels of its entire workforce to create a flexible team which can move from job to job quickly.

Best Technology Application

Won by Electronics For Industry who developed a hot runner control system which offers improved operator safety and reliability as well as reducing material and maintenance costs.

Supplier Partnership: Polymer Distributor

Won by Distrupol and DMM for their partnership work on Dragon Cam, a spring-loaded mechanism which secures a climbing rope into a rock face.

Supplier Partnership: Prime Machinery

Won by Engel UK and Ambic Equipment for a mould shop overhaul which resulted in average operating efficiency rising from below 60 per cent to 86 per cent.

Supplier Partnership: Ancillary Machinery

Won by TH Plastics and Birkby’s Plastics for developing a turnkey solution that enabled Birkby’s Plastics to recycle its waste product on-site.

Supplier Partnership: Masterbatch, Compound or Additive Supplier

Won by Matrix Plastics and BioCote: a partnership which saw the lead time for antimicrobial masterbatches reduce from two or three weeks to two or three days and a dramatic increase in customer service.

Supplier Partnership: Toolmaker

Won by Midas Pattern and Mast Group for the Uri-plus project to update a medical screening device, which judges said met all the commercial, technical timing and quality challenges.

Personal Contribution Award

Won by Colin Williamson, former chairman of the British Plastics Federation’s Recycling Group and founder of Smile Plastics. Judges said Colin had been “banging the drum for plastics recycling long before it became trendy,” and should be thanked for his part in improving the image of plastics recycling.

Processor of the Year

Won by Artenius PET Packaging Europe who impressed judges with its ambitious diversification strategy and commitment to quality.

Deatailed information about the event: The Plastics Industry Awards