Winners of the 2015 Plastics Industry Awards announced


Winners of the 2015 Plastics Industry Awards (PIAs) were revealed on Friday 9th October by actor and comedian Alan Davies at a gala event held at the London Hilton on Park Lane. Award-winning entries included an anti-spill drinking cup, recycled 3D printing ink and an ergonomic spoon designed to help cerebral palsy sufferers to eat independently.

S'up Spoon

The S’up Spoon enables cerebral palsy sufferers to eat independently.

The S’up Spoon, created by Young Designer of the Year, Mark Penver at 4c, particularly impressed the judges. The objective of the project was to create a functional ergonomic spoon to enable a cerebral palsy sufferer to eat independently without spilling food. The spoon (which was also Highly Commended in the Consumer Product Design of the Year category) had to be good to look at as well as survive thousands of washes in a dishwasher. Initial feedback and sales have been so positive that 4c is already working on smaller versions of the spoon for toddlers and children.

Stockton-on-Tees-based moulder, Nifco UK, won the hotly contested Processor of the Year category. Meanwhile Boddingtons Plastics and Logoplaste UK held onto their respective awards for Industrial Product Design and Best Environmental or Energy Efficiency Programme for the third year running.

Plastics Industry Awards 2015 winners:

  • Apprentice or Trainee of the Year
    Shane Jones of toolmaker UCP Zeller
  • Young Designer of the Year
    Mark Penver at 4c who designed the S’up Spoon which enables cerebral palsy sufferers to eat independently
  • Consumer Product Design of the Year
    Agentdraw for the globally patented anti-spill drinking cup – Magicup
  • Industrial Design of the Year 
    Boddingtons Plastics for the Braidlock Line Anchor, a medical device which is expected to sell throughout the world
  • Best Technology Application of the Year 
    Sumitomo (SHI) Demag for its activeFlowBalance technology that enables injection moulders to instantly improve part quality
  • Best Training & Development Programme of the Year
    Rosti UK for its 2015 Rosti Business Acceleration Programme
  • Best Environmental or Energy Efficiency Project of the Year
    Logoplaste UK which undertook a number of initiatives across its five UK sites to lightweight clients’ product ranges and reduce material waste while undertaking an energy-saving programme
  • Best Business Initiative of the Year
    Andel Plastics which, after a management buyout, has moved to larger premises, re-equipped the plant and undertaken extensive rebranding
  • Best Recycled Product of the Year
    Objectform for Filacycle – a 100% recycled “ink” for 3D printing 
  • Processor of the Year 
    Nifco UK for setting the pace for moulding scope and accomplishment
  • Supplier Partnership – Polymer Distributor of the Year
    Distrupol for a collaborative project with BM Polyco and Interplex which resulted in an abrasion-resistant technical glove that offers both wet and dry grip 
  • Supplier Partnership – Ancillary Machinery
    TH Plastics who worked with Maxwell Moulding Services on a successful relocation project that resulted in improved production and reduced energy consumption 
  • Supplier Partnership – Prime Machinery 
    Arburg who provided a machine solution for Gripit Fixings (the brainchild of a teenage entrepreneur who received Dragon’s Den investment)
  • Supplier Partnership – Toolmaker
    Ryetools for its cap design work with Coda Plastics 
  • Personal Contribution Award
    Ron Marsh, Chairman, Packaging Federation and Polypipe Group. Former chief executive RPC Group (1989-2013).


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