Summit Systems’ crowned winners at PIA Awards!

Summit Systems is celebrating having won a prestigious Plastics Industry Award for Supplier Partnership: Ancillary Equipment with their Polymer Training and Innovation Centre project.

The Plastics Industry Awards took place on Friday 27th October at Hilton on Park Lane. Launched in 2001 and held annually in London, the PIA Awards are dedicated to rewarding innovation and exceptional performance in an increasingly competitive market.

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Plastics Awards 2017

Formerly having won the prestigious award eight times, the winning streak was broken in 2014 with Summit narrowly missing out on the title.

The project was headed up by Technical Sales Engineer Steve Tranter and Project Manager Richard Dean. The project focused on providing the training centre with the best machinery possible to ensure all students have the best in-depth training experience while focusing on maximum efficiency and more economical equipment.

In the same category, Supplier Partnership: Ancillary Machinery, were an additional four nominations.

The award was presented by TV presenter Nick Knowles, in front of approx. 700 plastic industry professionals. Summit’s MD, Mike Jordan and Technical Sales Engineer Steve Tranter accepted the award, with judges commenting on an ‘impressive and industry encouraging’ entry.

MD Mike Jordan comments “We should all be very proud. It’s a team effort and this is a great sign for the next 12 months as we improve and develop our business.”

Summit Systems was established in 1989 and is now the market leader in the plastics ancillary sector, meeting customers’ needs for more efficient and less wasteful production.

Summit also announced their latest venture at Interplas this year, their new temperature control division: Summit Chilled which will be covered in the November/December issue of BP&R.

Summit Systems Implement E-Learning Programme

When Summit Systems first signed up to The British Plastics Federation initiative ‘SIMPL’ Safety in Manufacturing Plastics back in 2011 it resonated with their focus on the years ahead and their commitment to reduce accidents within the workplace.

Commencing with the implementation of an Internal Health & Safety Committee two years ago, the Company saw a reduction in common minor accidents and near miss reporting. However, not letting the impetus falter, the Committee, steered by Ian Lowe, Operations Director at Summit Systems was key to implementing the first E-Learning programme.

With the assistance of their Insurance provider, the online training tool covers a wide range of health and safety topics from Slips and Trips, Manual Handling to Stress Management.

Employees are encouraged to utilise their training time to complete their tutorials and exams in their specific fields of work on an annual basis.

Speaking earlier, Ian Lowe commented that he was encouraged to see the take up of the initiative and the high pass rates. “It’s important to deliver knowledge in an environment conducive to learning that has an impact on the culture in our business that is time and cost effective.

Not only does it show we value our employees, their safety is key along with the focus on mental health too from pressures both in and outside of the work environment”.

Some of the key aspects of Summit’s success over many years has been employee engagement whilst a more commonly used phrase today, the actual sentiment has always been at the core of the business.

Summit Systems recently won the ‘Supplier Partnership: Ancillary Machinery’ award at the Plastic Industry Awards for their recent project with the Polymer Training and Innovation Centre. The project focused on providing the training centre with the most up-to-date equipment, ensuring students have the best in—depth training experience while focusing on maximum efficiency and more economical equipment.

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Plastics Awards 2017