There are 12 Award categories 

PPMA members and others involved in the industry can enter a maximum of three categories. One entry per category only (you won’t be able to enter multiple categories with the same entry).

Innovative Processing System

Awarding the processing machinery manufacturers and end users who engineered or adopted an innovative processing system that led to a significant productivity improvement and/or cost reduction. Judges will look for creative solutions, smart integration and innovative approaches to increase productivity, reduce costs/waste and improve safety.

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Innovative Packaging Machinery

This award recognises packaging machinery manufacturers or end users who engineered or adopted an innovative packaging machinery that led to a significant productivity improvement and/or cost reduction. Judges will take into account the most innovative engineering design and functionality to increase productivity, reduction of costs/waste and improve safety.

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Innovative Robotics Solution

Open to robot or automation manufacturers, systems integrators, manufacturers or end users who engineered or adopted an innovative robotics solution that led to a significant productivity improvement and/or cost reduction. Judges will acknowledge creative solutions, smart use of robotics and software to increase productivity, reduce costs and improve safety.

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Innovative Vision Solution

Awarding vision equipment suppliers, system integrators or end users who manufactured, designed or installed an innovative industrial vision solution that led to a significant improvement in process, safety, quality, efficiency or cost savings. The judges will recognise a clever and creative approach to the problem and the best productivity outcome.

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Innovative Ancillary Equipment

Awarding machinery manufacturers or companies who have installed any kind of ancillary equipment to their existing machinery that led to significant productivity improvement and/or cost reduction. The judges will take into account creative solutions in processing or packaging equipment as well as new, smart approaches in manufacturing.


Exporter of the Year

Recognising manufacturers or service providers who achieved substantial export sales growth or major expansion into export markets in the last 12-18 months. Entries need to demonstrate numerical results as well as outline the export strategy.

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This award recognises the strongest and most effective partnership or collaboration within the industry. Any partnership can enter; for example a manufacturer working with another manufacturer or a systems integrator. A consultant working with an end user, or a government department working with a manufacturer.



Apprentice of the Year

Acknowledging emerging talent within the processing and packaging, robotics and automation and industrial vision industries. The award will celebrate the sector's most promising apprentice to encourage more young people to take up careers in the industry. The panel of judges will be examining special qualities in the winner of this award, particularly demonstrating their future leadership potential.


Lifetime Achievement

The accolade recognises an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the industry over the past few years. Nomination should be on behalf of someone else; however, entrants may nominate themselves. A statement of maximum 500 words explaining why the nominee should deserve the award can be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Environmental initiative of the Year

Identifying the innovative and varied steps manufacturers or end users have taken in the adoption of green measures in their businesses. The award will be made to any company that can demonstrate the most significant progress over the past 12-18 months in reducing its environmental impact. Entrants should describe why their company or products deserve this award, outlining key environmental initiatives and provide key performance indicators of the benefits achieved.


OUTSTANDING Customer Service

Open to any company that can demonstrate a customer service strategy that delivers customer satisfaction, retention and growth. This might be through innovative ordering systems, improved response rates and customer engagement or post-sales support.

Submissions can include supporting satements from customer(s).



The PPMA BEST (Business Education, Skills and Training) award will be presented to an organisation that has either developed a comprehensive apprenticeship or training programme that helps to address the skills shortage or recruitment of new talent into the industry. The entry should explain what the programme is, content and structure, how long it is for and how successful it has been.



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