PIA Awards finalists in 3 categories

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Andel Plastics are pleased to announce, that in their second year of entries, they have achieved the finalist position in three categories of the Plastic Industry Awards 2016. 

This is no mean feat with fierce competition across the industry for these coveted awards. 

Last year Andel Plastics were the winners of the 2015 category for Best Business Initiative with the award being presented by Alan Davies to Graham Robinson and his Son Matthew Robinson at a gala event at the Hilton Park Lane.

This years finalist categories are : Supplier Partnership for Tooling and Best Industrial product design for a product that was completed after several years development with Anderton Concrete Products.  This saw the design and development of a product in a new market sector for Andel Plastics.  Designed originally for the purpose of deterring cable theft within the railway industry. 

The Ander-fin was borne from a requirement to be able to securely fix Railway cabling, which causes huge disruption and cost to the industry and travellers.

Andel and Anderton worked closely with Lanxess material expert Colin Bennett to achieve compliance to the tough environmental challenges that the product required and the Anderton brand of confidence demanded.   

With Anderton Concrete being the experts in concrete design and Andel Plastics being the experts in plastic and tooling, the end product came through a swathe of design changes, building in extra strength and fixing points as the product evolved into being used for lifting the concrete troughs to enable safer installation into new rail tracks. 

After nearly two years of design, moldflow analysis and design assessment,  Andel manufactured the tooling with it's in-house toolmaking facilities.  This could then be taken straight into the injection moulding facility to run test Ander-fins for trial on a new piece of track being built by Network Rail. 

The product was passed and approved, exceeding the expectations of Network Rail and ensuring a good safe future for newly laid track and cabling. 

Our third award is a new one for the PIA awards this year, Unsung Hero.  The award is a chance to sing the praises of someone within the business that makes it excel. 

Our nomination was for our Toolsetter Paul Hunter.   He started his working days at Lucas and once worked for a customer of Andel Plastics.  Nearly fifteen years ago Paul came to work as a toolsetter, he has since trained his son to work alongside him.  After Andel's Production Manager of many years left and it was Paul who took on a lot of his work and kept things running through the hard recession 10 years ago. 

Paul has always been on the end of a phone, the works joker and a pleasure to work with.  However, his dedication to the business was tested and proved overwhelming after a dreadful accident at home.  Paul was back at work within a matter of weeks as he knew he was central to the production.  He has taken his injury with amazing humour and amazed everyone with his inner strength and determination not to sit at home but to come back to work. 

"We really wish Paul all the best in this category as he is a true hero to us, to push himself so hard to return to work as quickly as he did, took amazing courage." - Helen Flowers, Managing Director