The industry association of half-finished products and consumer products made of plastic (Pro-K) connects and represents the interests of producers of plastics and their suppliers. Under the slogan "Plastic: material of the 21st Century", the association considers to show the many possibilities of application, the enormous potential and characteristics of plastics. It actively promotes the image of plastic and its products to support its members in competition as its mission. At the national and European level, pro-K is engaged in education and training, technology use, business administration, standardization, technical marketing, monitoring of the market, trademark protection, public relations and radvocacy. With the award “ Product of the Year” innovative, creative and well-functioning and designed products made of plastic have been awarded for 30 years. The eminent and independent jury of experts evaluates products of nine categories. In total, 18 products are awarded. The winning products are presented on a special show at the world’s biggest consumer fair “ Ambiente” in Frankfurt a.M. and fulfil the necessary condition to apply for the Award of design of the Federal Republic of Germany.