Tue May 21, 2019

Winners of the Leadership and People’s Choice Awards Announced at the Re|focus Sustainability in Innovation Awards Ceremony

UBQ Materials accepts the Leadership in Innovation Award and iMFLUX wins the People's Choice Award

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., May 21, 2019—During the Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit, the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) honored the recipients of the inaugural Re|focus Sustainability Innovation Awards and announced two additional award recipients.

UBQ Materials, winner of the Leadership in Innovation Award, is converting household waste into sustainable biobased materials. The UBQ propriety conversion process converts the mixed waste stream including food waste, garden trimmings, paper, cardboard and mixed polymers into UBQ material. Chris Sveen, chief sustainability officer of UBQ Materials accepted the Leadership in Innovation Award.

iMFLUX won the People's Choice Award. iMFLUX has developed a different philosophy and method for injection molding called the “Green Curve”. This style of processing allows for the process to automatically adapt to changes in the resin. Brandon Birchmeier, technical director accepted the award on behalf of iMFLUX.

The People's Choice Award was voted on by Re|focus attendees. All award proposals were shared with attendees who then voted on their favorite innovation proposal during the summit.

“Announcing the final two winners of the inaugural Re|focus Sustainability Innovation Awards was a cornerstone of the 2019 Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit,” said PLASTICS’ vice president of sustainability Kim Holmes. “These awards can provide an example of how we are stretching the boundaries of sustainability and innovation for the plastics industry.” 

In addition to these two awards, three additional Re|focus Sustainability in Innovation Award winners were recognized during the event. Dell, Tarkett, and Circular Polymers/Broadview Group received the awards for the categories of Materials, Design and End-Of-Life Innovations, receptively.

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