SPI 2007 Alliance of Plastics Processors Awards Recognize Innovation in New Product Design

April 12, 2007

Barry Eisenberg
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 12, 2007)—A wide range of products showcasing the latest in design technology were honored April 1-3 at the New Product Design Competition, held in conjunction with the Alliance of Plastic Processors' (APP) 2007 Plastics Parts Innovation Conference in Memphis, Tenn. Formerly the Structural Plastics Division, APP is a business unit of SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association.

Taking top honors was Bemis Manufacturing Contract Company, whose door window for a high-end clothes dryer took home the Conference Award, as well as the 10th Annual Industrial Designers Society of America/Plastics News Award. The dryer door also tied for top honors in the competition's Appliance Category. The Judges Award went to Bulk Molding Compounds, Inc. for the Gas Evacuation Technique Appliance Handle. Fort Wayne Plastics (molder) and Sauder Manufacturing Company (designer) won the People's Choice Award, as well as the Retail and Consumer Category award, for the multi-function task and lifestyle chair. Judging criteria for all awards is outlined below.

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

  • Appliance (Tie): Bemis Manufacturing Contract Company for the dryer door window and The Minco Group for the washer door trim ring
  • Automotive: Composite Products, Inc. for the Brush Grille Guard
  • Building and Construction: Mack Molding Company for the Top Cap for Residential Air Conditioner
  • Industrial and Military: Phoenix Plastics Company for the 36 x 58 dumpster lid
  • Medical and Scientific: FM Corporation for the Electrosurgery Cart
  • Recreation and Leisure: Innovative Injection Technologies, Inc. for the Grip/Seat Assembly for Personal Water Craft
  • Transportation: Bemis Manufacturing Contract Company for the John Deere 7000 Series Engine Enclosure

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 2007 Best Paper Award was presented to Rodney Fonseca of GE Plastics for " Transforming Post Consumer Recycle PET Into PBT-Based Engineering Thermoplastics for Automotive and Electrical Applications." The recipient of the First Runner Up Award was Ashish Kotnis of Dow Automotive for " Flexible Design with Bonded Front End Carriers."

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.

10th 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 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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