There are 11 Award categories
Please note that if you are a PPMA member you will be allowed to enter a maximum of 3 categories. One entry per category only (you won’t be able to enter multiple categories with the same entry).
Innovative Processing System
This award recognises processing machinery manufacturers or 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.
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 recognise the most innovative engineering design and functionality to increase productivity, reduce costs/waste and improve safety.
Innovative Robotics Solution
This award is 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 look for creative solutions, smart use of robotics and software to increase productivity, reduce costs and improve safety.
Innovative Vision Solution
Open to 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 the most clever and creative approach to the problem and the best productivity outcome.
Innovative Ancillary Equipment
This award is open to 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 recognise creative solutions in processing or packaging equipment as well as new, smart approaches in manufacturing.
Exporter of the Year
This award recognises 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.
Exceptional Sales Performance
Open to manufacturers, systems integrators and distributors within the processing and packaging, robotics and automation and industrial vision industries who achieved exceptional sales performance. The judges will look at the financial performance over the last 3 years and the strategy used to achieve and indeed exceed the sales goal.
Partnership of the Year
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.
Environmental initiative of the Year
This award recognises 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.
Apprentice of the Year
This award will recognise 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 looking for some special qualities in the winner of this award, particularly demonstrating their future leadership potential.