Dubai – MENA Herald: The GCC’s plastics industry’s finest inventions and ideas were celebrated at the GPCA Plastics Excellence Awards in Dubai yesterday evening. The accolade, an initiative of the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA), recognized individuals and organizations that have made exceptional contributions to the plastics and plastics conversion industry over the last twelve months.

Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, Secretary General, GPCA, explained, “Initiatives such as the Plastics Excellence Awards take crucial values like innovation and teamwork to the next level through the recognition of the industry’s most notable developments. I am pleased to note that this year’s winners include people and organizations from diverse backgrounds. Whether it is from the GCC’s biggest companies, to up- and- coming SMEs to research institutions, these award recipients possess the ideas and ingenuity to be industry leaders of the future.”

Since the inauguration of the Plastics Excellence Awards in 2011, the honorary event has attracted 191 entries, recognizing 25 exceptional ideas and products to date. This year’s awards attracted a record 51 submissions across six categories, including a special student award, which supports upcoming talent with the unique opportunities that turn a concept into reality.

2016 award recipients include:

Joint Development/Improvement of a new Product or Application – Resin Producer & Plastic Converter

Joint winners are: SABIC in partnership with Innovation Construction Co. & Al Jawdah and Borouge in partnership with Concept Piping Systems

Joint Development/Improvement Project – Machinery Manufacturers & Plastic Converter

Winner: EREMA Engineering Recycling in partnership with Technovaa

Innovation Excellence in Plastic Products and Processes

Winner: Union Pipes Industry

Best Sustainability Initiatives in Plastics Conversion

Winner: Twyla Recycling Co.

Best Researcher in Plastics

Winner: Dr. Yahya Banat, SABIC T&I

Fikra-Rising Stars of the Plastics Industry-Students Award

Winner: Haneen Abdelrazeq, Qatar University