Winners of the 2016 European Plastics Innovation Awards co-organised by Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) and PlasticsEurope.

  • Best Plastic Design

    DSM Engineering Plastics (Netherlands)
    High Performance Edging Chassis made out of EcoPaXX®

    This award recognises a company which has utilised any novelty in plastics technology to achieve a part with a design.

    EcoPaXX has enabled Salomon to produce a chassis with an intricate design that is light, has the necessary mix of flexibility and rigidity, retains its properties at very low temperatures typical of mountain environments, and has reduced moisture uptake, despite being a polyamide.

    The material is very suitable for injection molding and is certified as carbon neutral from cradle to gate. It is being used in the chassis of three models of Salomon’s new X Alp range of mountaineering shoes.

  • Best Design for End-of-Life

    Top Clean Packaging (France)
    Wine/Champagne Pack

    This award recognises a company which has produced a new product, which has taken into consideration the end-of-life

    The wine/champagne pack allows handling/transport of the packed product and provides protection during transportation and falls. Replaces current bulky package and reduces environmental impact. Moreover, the wine/champagne pack can be reused in a second life as a shelving system for bottles (wine cellar)

    Innovation in 3 points:

    - Packaging that is clean and easy to open
    - Nestable package for minimum storage space
    - No particles or dust contamination generated by the packaging
  • Material Innovation
    Evonik Industries (Germany)

    VESTAMID® NRG Full Plastic Gas Pipes for High Pressure

    This award recognises a company, which has created a product in any plastic technology by using new material (polymer), new material blends and/or new additives/fillers, allowing such product to be made.

    For many decades steel was the only material for gas pipes in the medium‐pressure range. In 2012, however, it became commercially possible for the first time to replace steel by polyamide 12. Evonik worked on this development for more than 10 years.

    The cornerstones of this achievement are the identification of the application, its technical realisation (from development of the polymer and compound to installation in the field), the committee work required and, not least, the effort involved in convincing pipe manufacturers and gas distribution operators of the advantages of the new material.
  • Hybrid Product
    DuPont International Operations (Switzerland)
    Offshore Mooring Tether Incorporating Wave Protection for Floating Structures

    This award recognises a company, which has created a new product or a part that combines different materials (plastic and other) as to achieve new properties or new applications. This part may be produced through any plastic or other technologies, but must contain at least 20% polymer weight.

    Offshore data & navigation buoys, marinas/pontoon; fish farm cages & feed barges, renewable energy-wave, floating wind and tidal platforms.

    The Tfi Marine polymer base solution incorporates hybrid polymer mooring components to control the motion, substantially reduces forces by up to 70% and delivers better location holdings.

    Consisting of a thermoplastics spring coupled with a rubber elastomer, it has the potential to substantially reduce mooring costs for buoys, aquaculture and ocean energy.
    The taut keg design also reduces the sea bed damage from conventional mooring chains movement on the sea bed.

  • Best Substitute Product for Enhanced Sustainability
    Dow Europe (Switzerland)
    Flexible Bottle with PacXPERT Packaging Technology

    This award recognises a company, which has created a product with improved sustainability in

    any plastic technology replacing a product, which formerly was made out of other materials.


    Flexible and re-closable packaging solution for solid or viscous products in medium volume segment, where typically bottles, jerry cans or canisters are used.

    The flexible packaging is an alternative to rigid buckets and canisters in volumes from 2 to 20 liters. The flexible structure allows to empty the packaging at highest rates.

    The re-closable spout allows re-closure and the flexible structure allows the evacuation of air before closure and consequently lower the exposure of the content to oxygen.
  • Best Lightweight Innovation

    Treofan/Borealis (Germany/Austria)

    PHD1.9 – Polypropylene Capacitor Film of 1.9 μm thickness

    This award recognises a company, which has created a product in any plastic technology that helped reduced weight for itself or for the end-product.

    Treofan developed ultra thin capacitor films down to 1,9 um with a very high level of thickness homogeneity field stressability, low energy losses and very good mechanical characteristics.
    Borealis AG developed a super pure, high isotactic polypropylene homopolymer with a novel polymer design that enables the production of these ultra-fins films.
    Treofan and Borealis are planning to further improve those films enabling to additionally reduce thickness for increasing volume efficiency, thermal resistance and electrical break down voltage levels.
  • New Surfaces for Plastics Parts

    Borealis Polyolefine (Austria)

    Lightweight Primerless Paintable Bumper

    This award recognises a company, which has created a product in any plastic technology with an innovative new surface for the application, improving any visual aspects or any tactile properties, or improving any functional surface aspects.

    Developed in close partnership with BMW for use in its top vehicle range, the new grade Daplen™ EE112AE shows how Borealis and Borouge deliver expertise along the entire product and application development chain in order to facilitate primerless paint systems for exterior plastic applications which fulfil the most demanding design and performance criteria.

    Primerless painting systems address the need for greater economy and sustainability in automotive exterior applications by reducing cycle time and system costs.
Best Plastic Design
Best Design for End-of-Life
Material Innovation
Hybrid Product
Best Substitute Product for Enhanced Sustainability
Best Lightweight Innovation
New Surfaces for Plastics Parts
Did you know ?
  • The typical life span of plastic applications in building and construction is 30 to 50 years, with many plastics pipes installed over 50 years ago still functioning well.