Polymer Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association

The PMMDA was originally formed in 1966 as the PMDA (Plastics Machinery Distributors Association). The eight founder companies set out to agree a range of standards for both UK manufacturers and distributors of foreign machinery. Three of these companies, Soag Limited, Industrial Plastics and Hamilton Machinery Sales, are still with us. From the need for quality of products, technical competence and service back-up came our association.


Plastic Industry Awards

The Plastics industry Awards

The countdown to this year’s Plastics Industry Awards (PIAs) kicks off with an invitation to companies across the UK to submit entries for the sector’s most prestigious awards event.

Awards in 15 categories are up for grabs at the black tie ceremony, which will be held at the London Hilton on Park Lane on Friday, 27 September, 2013, in front of 800 guests.

Categories include Apprentice/Trainee of the Year, Best Business Initiative of the Year and the highly-prized Processor of the Year award.

There will also be six supplier partnership categories, giving companies large and small the chance to show how they worked with customers on given business projects.

In addition to the 15 entered categories there will be the Personal Contribution award handed to the individual who in the opinion of PRW magazine has given exemplary service to the plastics industry over the years.

Steve Crowhurst, publishing director of PRW, organiser of the PIAs, said: “We’re looking forward to putting on another great evening which will highlight and recognise the best that the UK plastics industry has to offer.

“The PIAs are designed to emphasise the breadth of talent, product and service provision throughout the sector, not least in the area of supplier partnerships and what it means to work with valued customers on given projects.

“We’re also keen to recognise the talent of tomorrow’s plastics industry through the Apprentice/Trainee of the Year and Young Designer of the Year categories.”

The deadline for entries, which can be submitted via the PIAs website, www.plasticsawards.com, is Friday 31st May 2013. Judging of the entries will take place in June.

For more details on the categories and what the judges are looking for in an entry go to the PIAs website.

The Plastics Industry Awards categories to enter are:

  • Apprentice/Trainee of the Year
  • Consumer Product Design of the Year
  • Industrial Product Design of the Year
  • Best Technology Application of the Year
  • Best Training & Development Programme of the Year
  • Best Environmental or Energy Efficiency Programme of the Year
  • Best Business Initiative of the Year
  • Supplier Partnership – Ancillary Machinery
  • Supplier Partnership – Masterbatch/Compound/Additive
  • Supplier Partnership – Polymer Distributor
  • Supplier Partnership – Polymer Producer
  • Supplier Partnership – Toolmaker
  • Young Designer of the Year
  • Processor of the Year

The awards are made possible by platinum sponsors Engel moulders Group; HiTech Robotics and Automation and Lawson Keys, and gold sponsors Agentdraw; BMB, Distrupol; Hasco, Nexeo Solutions and Summit Systems.

Events supporters are BDI; the British Plastics Federation; the GTMA; IOM3; PTIC; PMMDA, and PPMA.