Within the plastic industry, The Plastics Industry Awards have firmly established themselves as the forum for recognising and rewarding excellence and is open to entries from the UK and Ireland. Launched in 2001 and dedicated to rewarding innovation and exceptional performance, The Plastics Industry Awards acknowledge the best companies and the best people in the market. The finalists for the 2021 awards were announced on 10th September with the awards themselves taking place in December.
We are delighted to have been selected as a finalist in the coveted Processor of the year award 2021. This award is open to UK and Ireland processors (manufacturers of finished components and products using plastics materials) and OEMs processing in-house which are able to demonstrate to the judges their overall excellence. Rutland Plastics, ICLtech Ltd, Pentagon Plastics Ltd and Plastek are the finalists in this year’s awards. The judges will be looking for leading sustainable performances across a number of areas, which could include business enterprise and growth, technical innovation, people development, manufacturing efficiency, customer relations or addressing environmental concerns. In other words, the company needs to be an all-round world-class processor.
We have also been named as a finalist in the Covid-19 Business Hero award 2021. This special category will honour UK and Ireland businesses that have reacted to the global pandemic and pivoted the way they operate to be a force for good within the plastics industry. We have already been recognised for our success as we have been named as a Made in the Midlands Covid hero
Our success has been mirrored by Oakham School with whom we collaborated with to produce face shields for front line NHS workers. Oakham School is celebrating a new accolade after its Design and Technology Department received a prestigious award for its work during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Head of Design and Technology Tim Weston was presented with the DATA Excellence ‘Onshape Special Award’ for recognising design and technology social impact during a ceremony at The Institution of Engineering Technology in London. Henry Price, Headmaster at Oakham School, said: “During such a unique period for us all, I am very proud of the initiative and team effort shown by so many of the school community in creating these vital face shields for key workers. It was humbling to witness the collaborative effort of staff, parents, pupils and Rutland Plastics, working together to play our part at such an important time.”
We are incredibly grateful to have been recognised through these awards but without the hard work and commitment of everyone here at Rutland Plastics it would not have been possible. We are really looking forward to the awards ceremony and regardless of the result we will celebrate our achievements over the past few years.