Marcom trumps competitors at annual Quality Awards
For the second year running, RPC Astrapak Marcom trumped their competitors as they walked away with the two main awards for QUALITY – SHEQ Manager of the Year and SHEQ Site of the Year. Added to this, the Marcom Team were also awarded the HEALTH & SAFETY category award for Best SHE Site and QUALITY award for Best Site of the Year – resulting in a total of four awards for the Rosslyn-based manufacturing site.
After the success of last year’s inaugural event, we witnessed a healthy competitiveness between the sites and have seen vast improvements in some of our SHEQ aspects, while we realise that our work is never done and needs to be continuously driven. It is at an event such as this where we acknowledge the successes and congratulate those who have excelled.
RPC Astrapak CEO Robin Moore opened proceedings and welcomed guests. “Health, Safety, Quality and Sustainability are crucial elements of being a world-class operation. Health and Safety is high on our agenda. Without achieving the highest care and standards in this regard we lose the foundation of our business.
“Quality is imperative to keeping our customers satisfied – they are the lifeline of our business; and great focus is placed on sustainability in all aspects of our company, forming part of the Group strategy. Creating a sustainable future for generations to come is a core commitment of the RPC Group,” he said.
We also welcome guest speaker Ernst van Dyk – eight-time Paralympian and 10-time Boston Marathon winner – who delivered a highly motivational talk, engaging with the guests and aligning elements of his racing career by sharing successes and setbacks and how he got back on top of his game after setbacks, in a truly inspiring way.
In the first of our main awards, the shootout for the SHEQ Manager of the Year was between Crystal Chandler of Thermopac, Margie Deetlefs of Plastech, Nelash Harinarain of JJ Precision, and Gert van der Berg of Marcom; and the results were very close. For always driving Quality and Health and Safety innovations, and exceeding all SHEQ expectations, Gert van der Berg was the victor.
Three sites were nominated for SHEQ Site of the Year with regards to Quality output, with Marcom edging ahead of Thermopac and Plastech through an immense amount of Teamwork and Excellence, two of our Core Values.
In the HEALTH & SAFETY category:
The Most Improved Site award was a closely contested race based on presentations submitted by each site. This year’s rivalry was between Plastech and Plastop, with the Team at Plastop taking the win.
The Best SHE Site award was measured by the DFIR, Willis Blue Audit score and Legal Compliance for the measured period. With Plastech, Marcom and Consupaq in the running, the competition was always going to be tough. Exceptional high scores resulted in Marcom winning the trophy.
In the QUALITY category:
The Most Improved Site saw Consupaq, Marcom and Thermopac neck-in-neck for the spoils, and for the first time we had a tie with Consupaq and Thermopac coming out with equal scores.
The Best Site of the Year award was measured in terms of Quality with the trio of Thermopac, Plastech and Marcom coming out with guns blazing. The competition was extremely close between these sites, sparring a good rivalry and healthy competition! Marcom emerged as the clear winner!
In the SUSTAINABILITY category:
The Best Zero Waste to Landfill Site was a brand-new introduction to this year’s awards ceremony. With sustainability high on the Group’s agenda and forming part of our strategy, as well as being part of RPC Safety Week for the first time, it will form part of the criteria for our future Quality Awards events. For this award, we measured the site with the lowest Waste to Landfill percentage, which led to a close tussle between JJ Precision and Plastech. With a 30% reduction, and lowest landfill percentage of 7%, JJ Precision was awarded the trophy.
In the INNOVATION category:
Outstanding Collaboration between Site and Customer. This award had five nominees who all deserved a special mention for pushing the boundaries of innovation with our sites at RPC Astrapak. These awards were based on the 2017 IPSA Gold Pack awards winners, with five nominees in the running. RPC Astrapak has proudly been nominated at the Gold Pack Awards several times due to innovation and creativity between our customers and our teams. Our nominees for the Quality Awards trophy included UNILEVER (Plastop) for the Organics 1-litre Post-Consumer Recycled Shampoo and Conditioner bottle in the Sustainability category; ANNIQUE and JOHNSON & JOHNSON for the Rooibos Milk & Honey Hand Cream Tube and the Baby Jelly range respectively (Consupaq) in the Health, Beauty and Household category; ELVIN for the rPET Beverage Bottles (Plastech) in the Sustainability category.
The overall winner and trophy went to CLICKS SOUTH AFRICA for their collaboration Consupaq in the ultra-competitive Health, Beauty and Household category for outstanding tube packaging design for the Sorbet Man 3-in-1 Shower Gel range.
Well done to all trophy winners on your exceptional performance throughout the year. The bar is set high in the SHEQ sector of our Group, and there have been consistent achievements of excellent results in maintaining systems and procedures and when audit certifications are conducted. Your efforts have been acknowledged and rewarded and you should be proud of your achievements. Continue the great work.