DuPont has named the winners in its latest Awards for Packaging Innovation competition, including compostable materials, new structures and hybrid printing technology.
The DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation honor companies that have demonstrated major advancements in packaging technology to address the diverse and particular needs of consumers in markets around the world.
Gold award winners included: Brazil’s Froneri for a cardboard ice cream cup featuring a PP in-mold label, closure with spoon inside and aluminum/PE sealing; and Insignia Technologies for its Freshtag shelf-life indicator tag designed to change color over a pre-set number of days at a prescribed temperature, while the color change is faster when the temperature increases; and PPi Technologies for MosquitoPaQ, which uses a frangible sealed pouch that allows consumers to mix and activate the dry and wet chemicals at the time of use, without having to pour out or touch the contents; after activation, consumers hang the pouch nearby and leave it alone as the repellent is released over the course of 15 days. The company’s Penta5 USA division produced graphics on the pouch itself that teach consumers how to use MosquitoPaQ.
Silver award winners included: VP+C for the Farmacy Beauty entry, with an origami-like box unfolding to reveal the brand story inside with hand-drawn illustrations on the package helping to tell a holistic story about the brand; Fuji’s Fuji・M・O flexible packaging for its inkjet-gravure hybrid printing machine, which combines full-color inkjet printing and water-based white gravure printing; and GreenBlue for the How2Recycle recycling label for packaging, a universal recycling labeling system designed specifically for consumers.
US company Plastipak Packaging also picked up an award for its direct object printing for full package decoration, allowing packages to be decorated in-line at the point of production. This technology utilizes white-plus process coloring printing to deliver a wide color gamut.
Bernard Rioux, global packaging leader, DuPont Performance Materials said: ‘This year’s winners included solutions for novel food storage, fermenting food products, premium beauty products, new packaging materials to target millennials and more. This competition brings out the very best of everyone in the packaging industry, and we are thrilled to see innovators raising the bar each year.’
Now in its 29th year, the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation honors innovations in packaging design, materials, technology and processes. An independent panel of packaging experts evaluated nearly 150 entries from 24 countries and recognized those that excel in the categories of technological advancement, responsible packaging and enhanced user experience.
This year’s Diamond Award, the highest honor, was awarded to Fritz Water Vest, which allows people in developing countries to carry up to 20lbs of water easily and safely. Judges felt this is an out-of-the-box solution for a significant global problem, and was designed with an overwhelming sense of the greater good. The vest is antimicrobial, ergonomic and reusable.
In addition to the award noted above, the judges awarded five diamond finalist award winners, including the MGI JETvarnish 3D technology.
‘The DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation demonstrate how creative, committed and agile the packaging industry is in addressing global issues and consumer needs,’ added Rioux.
Read full details about all the 2017 DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation winners here