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PPMA Awards of Excellence 2001. (News and Installations).

The winners of the PPMA Awards (Processing and Packaging Machinery Association) were announced at the Annual PPMA Dinner, held in the Britannia International Hotel, London Docklands, on the second day of the recent PPMA exhibition at ExCel. The awards were sponsored by automation equipment specialist, Festo, and were split into seven categories. The winner are:

Category 1: Design and Manufacture (Overseas Supplier)

Denis Pearce Memorial Medal

Winner: Ytron Process Technology, Germany

Denis Pearce was one of PPMA's founding members. Ytron Process Technology won this year's award for its Ytron Y Directed Jet Mixer with ByPass System, which reduces the time taken to add difficult-to-wet powders to a liquid and eliminates dusting. In the UK the company is represented by Ytron-Quadro.

Category 2: Design and Manufacture (UK supplier)

The Bob Newman Medal

Winner: APV Baker

APV Baker won the award for its Micro-aeration system, which can increase the volume of chocolate 10-20% by introducing microscopic bubbles of gas.

Category 3: Environmental Responsibility

Certificate of Merit: Sovereign Labelling Systems

Sovereign's Sceptre Enviro pressure sensitive polyethylene milk bottle labelling machine, which uses labels that have no backing paper won the Certificate of Merit in this category. Sovereign coat the labels with silicone release agents over the printed face during the conversion process, before they are rewound into a reel for application by the machine.

Category 4: Customer Service

John Downing Memorial Medal

Winner: Domino UK

Domino took this year's award for a partnership with Nestle UK's York factory. Covering a major date coding replacement project that hands over the management of date coders in the plant to Domino. The five year, [pounds sterling]1m, project has so far involved installation of 100 continuous ink jet printers and 17 laser coders. Domino is also providing an on-site engineer and operator training.

Category 5: Export Achievement

The Robert King Medal

Winner: Domino UK

This award recognises exports of UK-built machines. Domino won it for pushing exports to more than 88% of all sales, assisted by its strategy to become a global company and extend its network of subsidiary companies.

Category 6: Lifetime Achievement Award

Winner: David Wright, Managing Director, Europack

This award recognises David's personal contribution to the industry on three fronts: as an international ambassador for the UK sector; as a director of the PPMA responsible for finance, and as a chief executive who has been 'a source of inspiration'.

Category 7: International Award for Achievement

Winner: TNA, Australia: managing director Alf Taylor

This award recognises a company and an individual from outside the UK. It went to TNA, Australia and managing director Alf Taylor for the Robag vertical form-fill-seal machine
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Title Annotation:Processing and Packaging Machinery Association
Publication:Food Trade Review
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Nov 1, 2001
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