All things plastic fantastic were honoured on Friday as part of the 2010 Plastics Industry Biennial Design Awards, held at the Ellerslie Convention Centre in Auckland. This year’s awards attracted 37 entries and on the night—13 Bronze, 11 Silver, 9 Gold, and the Overall Supreme Award were dished out.
Taking out the coveted Supreme Award was Axiam Plastics Ltd with their Back Skin Development for the “Be” Chair, which also took out two Gold’s in the Industrial and Conventional Injection Moulding Categories and a Gold in the Process Category.
The chair has undergone a classic product development process, which has genuinely extended established plastics injection moulding boundaries. Not only did the product require a complex mould and processing technology, it used a sophisticated engineering plastics material in an innovative way to achieve enhanced material properties and a novel product. This was considered by the Judges to be leading edge plastics technology of international significance.
Product Category Gold Award winners on the night included Alto Packaging Ltd for their Top Seal Barrier Foam Tray in the Food & Beverages Category, Millennium Plastics Ltd for their Fonterra Milk Sample Vial in the Primary Category, Talbot Technologies Ltd for their Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Icon Sleep Apnoea Device in the Consumer Products Category. Silver was the highest award in the Building category, which was presented to RX Plastics Ltd for their Airtech 9000 Waste Water Treatment System.
Silver was the highest award given to LinkPlas Ltd for their Sistema Twist ‘N’ Pop Wave Bottle in the Blow Moulding Category, along with a Silver to Talbot technologies for their Fisher & Paykel Icon IMD Label & GT40 IMD Label Tool in the Thermoforming Category. Bronze was the highest award given in the Rotational Moulding Category to RX Plastics Ltd for their Airtech 9000 Waste Water Treatment System, along with Bronze in the Foams Category presented to Axiam Plastics Ltd for their Bodyfurn Cushion.