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. Bottle-making company Logoplaste UK held onto the title for Best Environmental or Energy Efficiency Programme for the third year running, while 3D printing specialists Objectform won the Best Recycled Plastic Product of the Year Category.
Logoplaste UK 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. At its Coleford site for example site, staff redesigned the Lucozade and Ribena product ranges, achieving considerable material reduction while retaining the bottles’ distinctive shapes. PIA judges said the combined projects showed how energy and environmental management can improve business profits and customer relations.
Objectform, a Sheffield-based start-up, created a 100 per cent recycled filament (or ink) for use in 3D printing, derived from Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) waste. It was tested extensively and received excellent feedback from 3D printing experts, 3D printing retailers, consumers and plastic manufacturers across the world. PIA judges said: “By developing and promoting the use of recycled polymer, the Filacycle product range allows the emerging 3D printing sector to embrace a readymade green solution. It is a brilliant demonstration of how innovation and circular economy thinking combined can lead to cutting edge sustainable green solutions.”
Sustainability has become a running theme among Plastics Industry Awards winners in recent years, with energy efficient processes, product lightweighting and waste-reduction initiatives capturing the judges’ attention. Processor of the Year, Nifco UK, for example has implemented a production system to cut waste and improve productivity as well as a logistics programme to streamline processes and boost stock accuracy levels.
The next PDM Event will take place at the Telford International Centre from 14 to 15 June 2016 providing an all-encompassing exhibition and conference for plastics design, moulding, packaging, recycling and – new for this year – composites. The previously co-located shows PRE and PPS join with PDM to form the newly-branded PDM Event.
The multi-million pound Telford International Centre venue provides more room for large machinery and access to a brand new conference area. Biffa polymers, Erema, Hasco, Motan Colortronic, Negri Bossi, Piovan, Plasgran, Plastribution and Romi are among the leading industry names which have already booked stands. Other exhibitors include product design companies, rotational and blow moulding machinery suppliers, toolmakers, rapid prototyping specialists, moulders and mouldmakers, masterbatch specialists, software suppliers and materials testing specialists.
Established for more than a decade as the leading event for the design and moulding sectors of the plastics industry, PDM Event has expanded in recent years to include recycling and packaging. The addition of a composites element for 2016 represents a new stage in its evolution. Reinforced thermoplastics are playing an ever-increasing role in innovation and evolution in the automotive sector. Composite materials – lauded for their strength and light weight – are driving new standards in design, helping the car makers to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions.
Claire Whysall, Communications Manager of Composites UK which has partnered with PDM Event organisers to develop this new dimension of the PDM Event said: “We are excited by the opportunity PDM Event provides to showcase the latest innovation and technology developments in thermoplastic composites for both structural and aesthetic applications in what is an increasingly exciting and vibrant sector.”
As well as diversifying its exhibitor base, PDM Event continues to attract growing numbers of visitors* and has secured its place as the key event in the plastics industry calendar. Jaguar Land Rover, BT, Dyson, Ford, Honda, Panasonic, Proctor & Gamble and Bentley were among the many companies who sent delegates to the 2015 event and 70% of exhibitors said they expected to have orders in the near future worth up to £250,000 as a result of taking part.**
PDM Event enjoys the support of all the major plastics and moulding associations including Composites UK, Institute of Engineering Designers (IED), Society of Plastics Engineers UK & Ireland (SPE), Rubber & Plastics Research Association (RAPRA), British Plastics Federation (BPF), the Gauge & Toolmakers Association (GTMA), IOM3, Polymer Training and Innovation Centre and the Polymer Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMMDA), Polymer Society, RECOUP, LARAC and WRAP.
PDM Event is free to attend for visitors. For more information on visiting, exhibiting or sponsorship visit www.pdmevent.com
Plastics Recycling Show Europe, 25-26 November 2015, Tour & Taxis venue Brussels
Europe’s first pan-European exhibition and conference solely dedicated to plastics recycling, the Plastics Recycling Show Europe (PRS) is to be held at the Tour & Taxis Venue in Brussels on the 25th and 26th November 2015. Visitors can now register to attend the exhibition and conference for free at: www.prseventeurope.com
The Plastics Recycling Show will feature a pan-European exhibition and a conference designed specifically for plastics recycling professionals. The conference will examine a wide range of industry themes including the economics of plastics recycling, the regulatory background, materials, processing, technology and innovation. Among speakers confirmed at the conference are Jason Ord, Director, Environmental Responsibility, EMEA at Hewlett-Packard; Kevin Wyse, Head of Packaging Innovation Technology at Marks & Spencer; Dominic Hogg Chairman of environmental consultancy Eunomia; Ton Emans, President of Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) and Peter Sundt, Secretary General of EPRO. The event as a whole will bring together key players from the plastics and recycling sectors in order to learn, network and capitalise on the business opportunities plastic recycling offers.
Industry body Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) is strongly supporting the exhibition and is organising the conference in conjunction with Plastics Recycling Show event organisers Crain Communications. The event is organised in association with Polymer Comply Europe, a service provider for the plastics industry specialised in EU legislation. PRS is also supported by EPRO, the European Association of Plastics Recycling & Recovery Organisations, the Pan-European partnership of organisations committed to increasing efficient plastics recycling and recovery. Other industry bodies supporting the event include European Plastics Converters, Petcore Europe, Recovinyl, Plastics Europe, Federplast, FEBEM-FEGE and Vinyl Plus.
A broad cross section of the industry will be represented at the event including plastics recycling machinery and equipment suppliers, plastic material suppliers and compounders, handling and logistics services, pre-processors, plastics recyclers, waste management specialists, industry associations and project management consultants. Among the companies from across Europe already booked to appear in the exhibition are machinery manufacturers Amut, Erema, KraussMaffei, Pellenc ST, Starlinger, Steinert Elektromagnetbau, Tecnofer Ecoimpianti and WEIMA Maschinenbau. Exhibitors involved in the collection and processing of plastics include Suez Recycling & Recovery, TOMRA, Ventus, Galloo, MTM Plastics and Omnicycle.
Helping to shape the conference programme, Plastics Recyclers Europe’s (PRE) represents approximately 80% of European mechanical recycling capacity and has over 115 members from across the EU. PRE’s mission is to promote plastics recycling in Europe and to create a good business climate for plastics recyclers.
Brussels is at the heart of EU legislation on plastics recycling with the new Waste Framework Directive being enforced from 2015, making the city’s Tour & Taxis an ideal venue for the Plastics Recycling Show. Until recently the plastics recycling industry has had a relatively low profile with more than 50% of plastics in Europe being sent to landfill every year. PRS aims to change this situation and to put focus on the most pressing issues within the plastics recycling industry.
Machines and materials were sold, new projects discussed and hundreds of quality sales leads generated at the Plastics Recycling Expo in Telford last week.
Recycled polymer producer, Axion Polymers was particularly pleased, having taken a large order at the show and securing over 20 strong leads from potential customers. Director Keith Freegard said the event “attracts a tightly-focused group of people from across the plastics industry, so we found that most visitors to our stand were genuinely interested in the products we had on offer.”
Jaguar Land Rover, BT, Dyson, Ford, Honda, Panasonic, Proctor & Gamble and Bentley were among the many companies who sent delegates to PDM and the co-located Plastics Recycling Expo and Plastics Packaging Show.
Among the 160 companies exhibiting were several overseas businesses keen to showcase their capabilities to the UK market, now regarded as the growth area in Europe. The sector’s strength was reinforced in the PDM conference by keynote speaker Terry Scuoler, CEO, EEF. He told his audience it was “the bedrock of British industry… what you do matters – you employ, you invest, you create technology and wealth. You are the bedrock of our economy.”
Plastics 2020 consortium – namely the British Plastics Federation (BPF), Packaging & Films Association (PAFA) and Plastics Europe – and the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) will officially launch the Plastics Industry Recycling Action Plan (PIRAP) at the Plastics Recycling Expo (PRE) in Telford on 16 June 2015.
Claire Shrewsbury, Packaging Programme Manager, WRAP will share details of the Plastics 2020-led initiative ‘PIRAP’ for the first time in the free-to-attend PRE Conference at 12 noon. She will be joined by Plastics 2020 consortium members: Philip Law, Director General, BPF, Kim Christiansen, Regional Director North, Plastics Europe and Barry Turner, Chief Executive, PAFA.
Kim Christiansen said “We believe that the plan will promote best practice and co-operation between all the relevant stakeholders to help delivering a sustainable recycling business sector in the UK, producing high quality products and additional jobs.”
“WRAP has been working with Plastics 2020 and the wider plastics packaging supply chain to develop the Plastics Industry Recycling Action Plan and I am pleased to say I will be joined by Plastics 2020 for the launch of the plan. The plan demonstrates the supply chains commitment to working towards achieving the plastics packaging targets and we would welcome others to offer their support,” says Claire Shrewsbury.
PRE brings together key players from the plastics and recycling sectors in order to learn, network and capitalise on the business opportunities plastic recycling offers. Solutions for all parts of the supply chain will be covered from designing for recycling and influencing recycling habits to developing end-markets and sorting contaminated materials.
Returning after its successful launch in 2014, PRE will be co-located with the Plastics Design & Moulding (PDM) Exhibition celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and a new event: Plastics Packaging Show (PPS). Visitors who register for PRE have access to the free conference programmes across all three events and over 150 exhibiting companies and organisations.
PRE is supported by the BPF Recycling Group, Plastics Recyclers Europe, WRAP, Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC), RECOUP (Recycling of Used Plastics), RAPRA and Smithers Rapra.
Register for free entry now at www.plasticsrecyclingexpo.com
At PRE 15 Eriez Magnetics Europe will be showcasing a range of their magnetic separation and metal detection solutions for improved and efficient metal removal and product purity.
Eriez Eddy Current Separators are ideal for PET flake applications, separating all valuable non-ferrous metals from waste. Operating at the show will be the RevX-E ST22 model, demonstrating the best-in-class for separation of fines smaller than 10mm. For the separation of all metals from particle flakes and recycled plastics, visitors can see the EZTEC 9100 metal separation system on display. Also on the stand will be the Eriez PM Drawer Magnet, a magnetic separator often used in the plastics industry and mounted on the throat of extruders / injection moulders to remove fine ferrous metal. The equipment on show is just a small selection of the extensive range of equipment Eriez supplies to the industry.
Leaders in Closed Loop Recycling in the UK
BPI Recycled Products is proud to be exhibiting at PRE 2015. As Europe’s largest polythene film recycler, BPI Recycled Products is perfectly placed to help businesses dispose of a wide range of polythene waste.
Every year, through a network of Environmental Agency approved sites, we recycle some 70,000 tonnes of material from sources which include: industrial; commercial; agricultural; horticultural; automotive; retail; distribution and construction.
By calling on our considerable expertise, extensive infrastructure and sustained investment in new technology and innovation, BPI Recycled Products turns waste material into second life products such as refuse and recycling sacks, building films, outdoor furniture and landscaping products.
Closed Loop Recycling Schemes
If you are looking for the perfect partner for closed loop recycling, look no further. BPI Recycled Products can help you operate such a scheme due to our in depth expertise and resources. Closed loop recycling schemes are a high profile way for retailers, manufacturers and many other organisations to demonstrate the strength of their commitment to the environment. BPI Recycled Products can take your polythene waste and supply recycled, second life products back to you for your own use or for use by your customers.
Our green credentials are impressive. For every tonne of polythene we recycle (compared to using a tonne of virgin polythene) we save 1.8 tonnes of crude oil; reduce energy usage by two thirds; use 90% less water; cut sulphur dioxide emissions by 33%; reduce nitrous oxide emissions by 50% and prevent the release of 1.5 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere.
To find out more about what BPI Recycled Products can offer your business, please visit our experienced team at PRE 2015 at Stand F014. We look forward to seeing you there.
For further information please contact:
Suzanne Howe Communications
Tel: +44 (0)1732 875697