There were more than 30 finalists from raw material suppliers, coatings and ink manufacturers and students from BCF’s Coatings Training Institute.
Environmental performance at the UK coating industry’s manufacturing sites continues to improve, with ever lower solvent emissions, less waste produced and lower accident rates. This year’s top sites were HMG Paints in Manchester (Coatings Care Overall Best Performer) and Jotun Paints in Flixborough (Coatings Care Progress Award).
The BCF Sustainable Innovation Award, sponsored by Veolia, was split into two categories for the first time this year, to include a sub-category for suppliers. The main award was won by Fujichem Sonneborn for its new chrome paint finish technology, and the supplier award was presented to Covestro for its polyurethane hardener with renewable raw material content.
The Excellence in Training Award, sponsored by Cogent Skills, was won by Sun Chemical, working with in-house champions to deliver a well-structured training programme, and Becker Industrial Coatings’ Daniel Casey picked up the Student of the Year Award.
New to the programme this year is BCF’s Customer Service Award, won by Farrow & Ball, who transformed an order processing office into a centralized multilingual customer service department.
“Our Awards go from strength to strength – with over three times as any guests at our dinner compared to our first year in 2010 and a record number of entries,” said BCF CEO Tom Bowtell “Our industry has achieved some amazing successes during a very tough few years, and I’m proud to represent an industry that takes sustainability, training and customer service so seriously.”