The finalists for 15 categories in the Plastics Industry Awards 2022 awards have been announced. Award-winning comedian and writer Andy Parsons of Mock The Week, Live at the Apollo and They Think It’s All Over fame will announce the winners at a glamorous, black tie gala evening with live entertainment at the spectacular new venue of the Intercontinental London Park Lane on Friday 18th November.

Celebrating their 21st anniversary in 2022, the Plastics Industry Awards recognise the many ways in which plastics product design, manufacture and recycling contribute to successful and sustainable innovation in everything from medical devices and electronics to packaging and lightweight automotive components.

Companies and individuals on the shortlist include product designers, OEM manufacturers, suppliers, plastics processors, consultants, apprentices and trainees from across the plastics sector in the UK and Ireland.

Finalists for the Best Consumer Product Award include a bath for twins, an inflatable cycle helmet and a handheld electric shoe shiner. The Best Industrial Product Award, sponsored by Distrupol, has four finalists this year: Berry Superfos, Emballator Packaging UK & Engel UK, Matoha and Polystar Plastics.

The sustainable use of plastics is a core consideration for the judging of all awards. The four finalists that have won through in the environmental or energy efficiency category are: FANUC UK, Intelicare, IPL Rotherham/MGB Plastics and PFF Group. The four finalists in the best recycled plastic product category are:

  • Closed Loop Recycled Paint Containers by Berry Superfos
  • Paint Pail from 100% recycled plastic material by Emballator Packaging (UK)
  • PEEQUAL, The UK’s First Women’s Urinal by PEEQUAL
  • Recycled Plastic Furniture by DCW Polymers

The Young Designer Award has served as a springboard for many careers and returns with four finalists from London, Cardiff and Edinburgh. Courtesy of sponsors Plastek UK, one of them will pick up a cheque for £500 along with the winner’s trophy.

Five people have qualified for the Apprentice or Trainee of the Year, sponsored by Meusburger, and supported with a cash prize of £500 donated by the Polymer Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMMDA).

The Prime Machinery Supplier Partnership, sponsored by Interplas, is particularly hotly contested this year, with no less than seven submissions shortlisted.

Five companies have been shortlisted for the highly coveted Processor of the Year Award sponsored by Engel UK: Advanced Plastics Group, Boddingtons, Emballator Packaging (UK), MGS Technical Plastics and Plastek UK

The prestigious Plastics Industry Ambassador Award winner will also be announced on the evening of 18th November.

Platinum Awards Sponsors are Engel UK (Processor of the Year) and Distrupol (Industrial Product Design of the Year). Gold Awards sponsors are Plastek UK (Young Designer Award), Hasco (Supplier Partnerships – Toolmaker), Meusburger (Apprentice or Trainee), PlastikCity (Supplier Partnership – Ancillary Machinery) and Interplas (Prime Machinery). Arburg are sponsoring the Charity Casino at the event, funds from which will be donated to the British Heart Foundation.

The awards enjoy the support of multiple industry associations including The BPF (British Plastics Federation), the GTMA, PMMDA (Polymer Machinery Manufacturers & Distributors Association), the SPRA (Scottish Plastics & Rubber Association), and Sustainable Plastics publication, all of whom are represented on the judging panel.

A limited number of tables for the gala dinner and awards ceremony are currently available. Tickets include a champagne reception, four course dinner with wine, awards presentation and after-dinner entertainment. More information and table bookings:

Plastics Industry Awards 2022 Finalists:

Best Consumer Product Design – International

Bumble Beez – The Twin Bath, HJC Design

Equerry Pro, Raymont-Osman Product Design

VENTETE Inflatable cycle helmet, VENTETE and Adreco Plastics

Best Industrial Product Design – International – Sponsored by Distrupol

Closed Loop Recycled Paint Containers, Berry Superfos

100% Post-Consumer Waste Paint Pail, Emballator Packaging (UK) and Engel UK


Tristar5 – High Performance Technical Film, Polystar Plastics

Best Recycled Plastic Product

Closed Loop Recycled Paint Containers, Berry Superfos

Paint Pail from 100% recycled plastic material, Emballator Packaging (UK)

PEEQUAL, The UK’s First Women’s Urinal, PEEQUAL

Recycled Plastic Furniture, DCW Polymers

Young Designer Award – sponsored by Plastek UK

Daniele Di Paolo, London South Bank University

Adam Higgins, Design Higgins

Kenneth Thornton, Edinburgh Napier University

Thomas White, London South Bank University

Materials Innovation Award


Bright Green Plastics



Supplier Partnership – Prime Machinery – sponsored by Interplas

Arburg and Panorama Antennas

Bole Machinery UK and Proplas 2008

ENGEL UK and Emballator Packaging (UK)

ENGEL UK and MotorScrubber

Intelicare and Marshall Tufflex

KraussMaffei and BIO PURE

UK Extrusion and Emtelle

Supplier Partnership – Ancillary Machinery – sponsored by PlastikCity

Plastech Solutions and Aeroplas

Summit Systems and Prysmian Cables and Systems

TH Plastics and Strata Products (Berry Global)

UPM Conveyors and Bericap UK

Supplier Partnership – Toolmaker sponsored by HASCO

Adreco Plastics and VENTETE

Agemaspark and Advanced Plastics

ND Precision Products and Otter Controls

Plastech Solutions and The Pall Ring Company

Plastek UK and R&D Leverage

Apprentice or Trainee Award – Sponsored by Meusburger in association with PMMDA

Joshua Clark, Reliance Worldwide Corporation

Frank Hemingray, Plastek UK

Holly Lanckham, Plastek UK

Thomas Lyon, Advanced Plastics

Stuart Meek, Berry Norwich

Best Technology Application


Plastek UK


Best Environmental or Energy Efficiency Initiative



IPL Rotherham / MGB Plastics

PFF Group

Best Business Initiative

Advanced Plastics Group


Emballator Packaging (UK)

IPL Rotherham / MGB Plastics

Matrix Plastics

Polystar Plastics

Prisma Colour

Sierra 57 Consult

Best Training & Development Programme

Advanced Plastics


MGS Technical Plastics

TEX Plastics and Sierra 57 Consult

Unsung Hero

Michael Christmas, IPL Rotherham / MGB Plastics

Daniel Kelk, Plastek UK

Connor Peck, Broadway

Processor Award – sponsored by Engel UK

Advanced Plastics Group


Emballator Packaging (UK)

MGS Technical Plastics

Plastek UK