In London on 9 October, Colin Tirel, Managing Director Arburg Ltd (UK), and Jordan Daykin, inventor of “GripIt”, received the Plastics Industry Award (PIA) 2015 in the “Supplier Partnership – Prime Machinery” category.
“We are particularly pleased to receive this renowned award together with our customer GripIt Fixings, winning out over some tough competition,” said Colin Tirel, Managing Director of the Arburg subsidiary in Warwick, to the more than 700 plastics experts in the audience. “The GripIt story is a great example of British entrepreneurship – from problem, through concept to successful product on the market.”
Jordan Daykin invented “GripIt” at the age of 13 and applied for a patent for his invention in 2009. In 2014, the young British entrepreneur won the “Dragons’ Den” on BBC 2 with “GripIt”. He invested the winnings of 80,000 GB pounds in Allrounder injection moulding machines from Arburg.
Since then, the fixing elements for plasterboard walls have become best-sellers and are available in more than 2000 stores in Great Britain as well as 32 countries worldwide. “Thanks to ‘GripIt’ and the media coverage, I’ve become quite well known. So I’m all the more pleased to win an industrial prize now with our supplier Arburg,” explains Jordan Daykin. “Because this award recognises our engineering and production capabilities, which characterise our company.”
Arburg recipient of several awards
The Plastics Industry Award is usually presented to long-established suppliers. This makes it all the more remarkable that machine manufacturer Arburg received the award after a partnership with GripIt Fixings of only 18 months. Arburg UK last won PIA awards in 2013 and 2012 for its successful cooperation with Harwin and John Guest.