CHERRY Best in the UK

Cherry Plastics Group & Queens University Belfast are the UK's Best KTP Partnership 2011

Following a day of exhibition, demonstration, presentation and networking a KTP Partnership between Dungannon-based company, Cherry Plastics Group and Queen's University Belfast has taken the top award of Best UK KTP Partnership 2011. Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and President of the Board of Trade made the announcement at the Innovate 2011 Conference on Tuesday 11th October in London. The project was judged on impact (on the individual company and the business sector as a whole), the level of innovation and the degree of academic challenge and benefit demonstrated.

As a result of their Partnership with the Polymer Processing Research Centre at Queen's, Cherry Plastics has become one of the top ten plastics recyclers in the UK. Their collaboration enabled the company to develop a new approach to pipe extrusion and improvements in the quality of their product resulted in BBA and BSI certification. Waste from the manufacturing process was reduced from 10% to 5% and an in-house design facility was established. The new R&D focus has led to Cherry Plastics becoming the lead partner in an FP7 European Programme.

The project with Cherry Plastics Group was carried out by KTP Associates Paul Beaney and Justyna Grabowska over the period September 2006 until January 2010 under the academic supervision of Gerry McNally and Alan Clarke at The Polymer Processing Research Centre, Queens University, Belfast and overseen within Cherry Plastics Group by Stefan Cherry.

The project was part-funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the Technology Strategy Board.

The Innovate 2011 Conference is hosted by the Technology Strategy Board and is the leading innovation networking, conference and exhibition event. It is the UK's biggest networking event for product developers, engineers and strategists


Pictured above from left to right, Gerry McNally, Director PPRC, Alan Clarke, Extrusion Manager PPRC, Stefan Cherry, Development Director Cherry Plastics Group, Justyna Grabowska, Dr Paul Beaney, Technical Manager Cherry Plastics Group, Rt Hon Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business.