The Worshipful Company of Horners and the British Plastics Federation (BPF) are accepting entries to The Horners Award for Polymer Innovation and Design. The award highlights the benefits of polymers in everyday lives.
David Williams, chairman of the Horners Award Committee, said: “The Worshipful Company of Horners accept entries both inside and outside the industry. We're fascinated by anything from manufacturers developing new technologies, to entrepreneurs using plastic to tackle global issues. The awards highlight the positives, upholding the astonishing use of plastics and the benefits it confers on society.”
Previous winners include products and processes that span the enormous range of plastics applications. Last year, the award went to RLE International, which developed an innovative thermoplastic bulkhead for use in vehicles that was both lightweight and fully recyclable.
In 2017, the award went to an insulin injection aid for diabetics, TickleFLEX, which helps to reduce the discomfort of injections.
The award is open to all plastics innovations, whether that be a new product or a new process, with a focus on providing sustainability advantages. Horners' judges favour advances that push the boundaries of existing technology and are commercially viable.
Stephen Hunt, BPF Membership Services director, said: ““The Horners Award puts the best in UK plastics innovation out to the wider world, highlighting the versatility of plastics to save lives, cut costs and help the environment.”
Award winners will be invited to the Horners' Banquet at Mansion House in London. The event will be attended by the Lord Mayor of London.