SPI 2006 Alliance of Plastics Processors Awards Recognize Innovation in New Product Design

April 24, 2006

Barry Eisenberg
(202) 974-5210

WASHINGTON (April 24, 2006) – A wide range of products showcasing the latest in design technology were honored April 2–4 at the New Product Design Competition, held in conjunction with the Alliance of Plastics Processors’ (APP) 2006 Plastics Parts Innovation Conference in Columbus, OH. Formerly the Structural Plastics Division, APP is a business unit of SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association.

Taking top honors was Horizon Plastics Co. Ltd., whose children’s playhouse cottage roofing system took home the Conference Award, as well as the People’s Choice Award and the Retail and Consumer Products Category Award. The Judges Award went to the Bemis Contract Group for the Sub Compact Utility Tractor. The Bemis Contract group also won the 9th Annual Industrial Designers Society of America/Plastics News Award for the John Deere Series 8000 Engine Enclosure. Judging criteria for all awards is outlined below.

Category awards not mentioned above also went to the following companies:

  • Agriculture: Composite Products, Inc. for the Tractor Roof
  • Appliance: Mack Molding Company for the Meter Housing
  • Automotive: Minco Tool & Mold, Inc. for the Side Sill (Rocker Molding)
  • Building and Construction – LRM Industries, LLC for the ISO – Container H-Beam
  • Furniture and Computer Equipment Award/Single Part Award: Mack Molding Company for the Knoll Suspension Chair
  • Industrial and Military – Pelican Products, Inc. for the Pelican Protector Cases
  • Lawn & Garden Award: Bemis Contract Group for the John Deere Select Series Lawn & Garden Tractors
  • Materials Handling: Mack Molding Company for the Wildcat – ER Cover
  • Medical & Scientific Award: Mack Molding Company for the E-Series Defibrillator

Awards were also presented to technical papers that compliment the products on display in the design competition by reviewing the processes and the projects involved with bringing the products to fruition. All papers are reviewed by industry peers based on the following criteria: contribution to the industry; technical merit; novel/innovative; technical writing style; and effectiveness of presentation. Points are deducted for commercialism.

The 2006 Best Paper Award was presented to Chul Park, University of Toronto, for “Investigations on Advanced Structural Foam Molding Using a Continuous Polymer/Gas Melt Flow Stream.” The recipient of the First Runner Up Award was Barry McGraw, Battelle Memorial Institute, for “Ultrasonic Joining of Dissimilar Polymeric Materials.”

Award criteria:

Category Awards: First place awards are presented to the most innovative commercial product entry in each market category.

Conference Award: Presented to the most innovative entry in the New Product Design Recognition and enters the Structural Plastics Division Hall of Fame.

People's Choice Award: Conference attendees vote for their choice of the most innovative entry.

Judge's Award: Presented to the part that stands out among the entries, but does not win its category.

9th Annual IDSA/Plastics News Design Award: sponsored by the Industrial Designers Society of America and Plastics News and presented to a commercial product entry in recognition of the important work performed by industry designers and to highlight the fruits of teamwork between designers, toolmakers and manufacturers. Judges are selected by the IDSA.

The Alliance of Plastics Processors (APP), formerly the Structural Plastics Division, is a business unit of the SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, a trade association representing one of the largest manufacturing industries in the United States. Members represent the entire plastics industry supply chain, processors, machinery and equipment manufacturers and raw material suppliers.

Founded in 1937, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association promotes growth in the $427 billion U.S. plastics industry. Representing nearly one million American workers in the third largest U.S. manufacturing industry, SPI delivers legislative and regulatory advocacy, market research, industry promotion and the fostering of business relationships and zero waste strategies. SPI also owns and produces the international NPE trade show. All profits from NPE are reinvested into SPI’s industry services. Find SPI online at www.plasticsindustry.org and www.inthehopper.org.

"From resin suppliers and equipment makers to processors and brand owners, SPI is proud to represent all facets of the U.S. plastics industry," said William R. Carteaux, president and CEO, SPI. "Our most recent economic reports show that the plastics industry as a whole is resilient, and has come through the recession significantly better than other U.S. manufacturing sectors."

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