Above: The winners of the PLASA Awards in 2013 - who will it be in 2014?
UK - As the deadline for entries approaches, nominations for the PLASA Awards for Innovation are rolling in. Examples of all the nominated products will be exhibited at the PLASA Show's Innovation Gallery at the centre of the PLASA show (ExCeL London, 5-8 October), forming a focal point for visitors to the exhibition keen to view the latest technologies.

The products will be judged against one another on the strength of their innovation alone. All nominees will have the opportunity to make a 5-minute presentation, during the show, to a team of independent expert judges, who will have eight awards of equal standing at their disposal - plus the option to give a 'Gold' Award to one or more products which they feel reach a particularly high standard of Innovation.

The judges are tasked with making their decisions based on the PLASA Awards criteria for Innovation. The winners will be those which most clearly demonstrate "a new style of thinking; improve technical practice; introduce new technology, materials or new techniques; include patents or unique intellectual property; offer a new commercial advantage; or improve safety.

In addition, the judges can also choose to give a PLASA Award for Sustainability to a product or products which can claim: significant reduction of power usage for its product type/application; effective use of renewable energy sources; or significant reduction of environmental impact of product lifecycle.

Entries to date include the latest innovations from many of the leading manufacturers, including some brand new product launches which remain under wraps until the eve of the show itself. Exhibitors are encouraged to make their nominations to take full advantage of this high profile showcase, and to be in with a chance of winning one of these prestigious awards.

The Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony at the show on the evening of Tuesday 7 October.

To ensure exhibitors are able to make their nominations at this very busy time, the deadline for entries will be extended to Thursday 2 October. Nominations can be made online HERE.

Contact awards@plasashow.com for further information, or if you have any questions.

(Lee Baldock)

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