The winners of the 2016 European Plastics Innovation Awards, this year co-organized by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE; Bethel, CT) and PlasticsEurope (Brussels, Belgium), were announced yesterday at the award ceremony that took place during the PlasticsEurope Annual New Year reception in Brussels. The awards, divided into seven different categories, honored companies demonstrating outstanding and highly innovative developments in the field of plastics technology.
Overall, innovation was the key theme of the evening, which was held at the prestigious Solvay Bibliotheque, near the building of the European Parliament and attended by some 200 guests. Opening the evening, Patrick Thomas, President of PlasticsEurope and CEO of Covestro, said: "The plastics industry is at the forefront of innovation in Europe. With one out of 25 patents coming from the industry, plastics are at the heart of many of today’s technological advances. Ongoing investment in innovation is essential if we want to tackle some of the major challenges Europe is facing today.”