20161010143143-epiabanner600px.jpgPlastics are the wonder material and the material of wonders! They are a key enabler of a modern lifestyle, fundamental to any innovation and a building block for a resource efficient and low carbon economy. 

To raise awareness as to the amazing potential of this material, SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers) and PlasticsEurope will launch the 2017 European Innovation Awards competition.
For the second time, this innovation award will acknowledge the work of companies that thanks to plastics have introduced and developed a new idea, a new method, a new product or technology that respond to a societal need while respecting the 3 Ps of Sustainability (People, Planet, Profit).

With this award, PlasticsEurope and SPE want to honour companies that have excelled with regard to innovation in the plastics industry. This special award is accessible for all companies that play a role in the value chain of plastics products, from the larger chemical companies to the plastic converting SMEs, without exceptions.

Eight categories were defined in which innovative solutions for the plastics industry can be submitted:

  • Best Plastic Application Design 
  • Best Design for End-of-Life 
  • Intelligent and Smart Plastics 
  • Material Innovation 
  • Hybrid Product 
  • Best Application for Enhanced Sustainability 
  • Best Lightweight Innovation 
  • New Surfaces for Plastic Parts

The evaluation of the parts will be made by recognized specialists from different branches of the plastics industry and the academic institutions, the European Commission and the press. They will represent different European countries to secure the pan-European nature of the award.

Who can submit?
Any company that is involved in the development and/or production of polymer materials/additives and plastic components can nominate parts for this competition.

Award Night
The winning parts will be announced at an Awards Ceremony in Brussels in 2017. Exact date and location will be defined in the coming weeks.


  • Trophy and Certificate
  • Recognition on websites of PlasticsEurope and SPE
  • Recognition in Newslink, the online newsletter of PlasticsEurope and in SPE's Plastics Engineering magazine

Interested in participating? 
Submit your innovation until Friday 13 January and fill in the participation form HERE.

For more info, click here