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SPE Names Recipients of GPEC 2011 Environmental Awards

05 October 2011

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has announced the recipients of the Plastics Environmental Division's Environmental Stewardship Awards, of which presentations will take place October 18th during SPE's Global Plastics Environmental Conference (GPEC 2011) in Atlanta.

SPE say the awards recognise companies and institutions that have demonstrated environmental leadership and excellence through significant achievements in a variety of categories. The recipients of the 2011 GPEC Awards are listed below.

Lehigh Technologies: Chairman's Award for a process for large-volume production of micronised powders from discarded tires that would otherwise be landfilled. The resulting powders can be used at high concentrations in plastics and new-tire manufacture.

Sika Sarnafi: "Plastic Recycling Technologies and Applications" Award for recycling old vinyl single-ply roofing back into useful roofing membrane.

BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) "Enabling Technologies in Processes and Procedures" Award for a recycling program that recovers plastics from medical devices and puts them to use in non-medical applications.

Futuris Automotive Interiors "Emerging Technologies in Materials, Processing, and Applications" Award for developing a mouldable, tufted PET carpet that is made with significant post-consumer PET content.

Axion International "Significant Innovations in Environmental and Recycling Areas Using Conventional Plastics." Award for developing high-performance composites from recovered polyolefins and applying them as structural parts that can be used as components for bridges, railroad ties, and other structures that meet military specifications.

IAC Group Daniel Eberhardt Environmental Stewardship Award for making extensive use of recycled plastics in producing automotive interior components; reducing energy consumption through manufacturing efficiencies; and achieving large reductions in waste going to landfills.

GPEC 2011 takes place October 17-19, 2011 at the Atlanta Peachtree Plaza Hotel, Atlanta, US. The awards will be presented at a banquet on the evening of Tuesday, October 18.





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