Interplas 75 @ 75
The UK’s leading plastics exhibition and conference turns 75 in 2023 and as part of the celebrations Interplas Events Limited, part of the Rapid News Group, the organisers of the event are welcoming nominations for the Interplas 75 @ 75 – the most influential figures in the UK plastics industry during the 75-year history of the event.
Throughout this remarkable journey, certain individuals from the UK plastics community have been impactful in driving change and innovation and many have made a significant impact to the UK plastics industry.
Potential nominees could be inventors, engineers, designers, innovators, polymer scientists, academics, researchers, business leaders, sustainability pioneers or outspoken advocates for the use of plastics. The key criteria is that nominees must have made an important contribution to the growth of the UK industry.
Duncan Wood, CEO, Rapid News Group, said: “Interplas has been a focal point for the UK plastics industry for seventy-five years and as we reflect on that history it is a timely point to recognise those individuals who have played their part in driving the UK industry forward during that period. I encourage everyone in the community to have their say and look forward to seeing the final line up next September.”
Dave Gray, Head of Content, Interplas Insights added: “The plastics industry has a rich history of innovation – no other material has made such strides in such a short space of time. The past 75 years have seen entire sub-sectors of the plastics industry built around the work of specific individuals. From George de Mestral’s 1940s work with nylon in developing the hook and loop fastening material now known around the world as Velcro, to the invention of the gravimetric batch blender in the late 80s by Steve Maguire, there are so many individuals without whom the industry wouldn’t be what it is today.”