Australia praised at WorldStar Packaging awards

Presented at last week's AUSPACK PLUS exhibition, the 2013 WorldStar Packaging awards celebrated the best of the best in packaging, with Australia claiming a number of gongs.

Hosted by the World Packaging Organisation, this year's event comprised 316 entries from 33 countries, with 159 winners overall.

Categories included Beverages, Electronics, Food, Health and Beauty, Pharmaceutical and Medical and Other.

WorldStars are presented only to those packs which, having already won recognition in a national or regional competition, are compared by an expert panel of judges to similar packs from around the world.

Awards are based on the judges' consensus that a pack is superior in its category and market and better in its class in execution or innovation by comparison to others.

Outerspace Design Group led the way for Australia, taking home three separate awards. The brand's work with Hydralyte Sports saw it praised in the Health and Beauty category, while its Sprout mobile phone accessories packaging helped it secure a win in Electronics.

Outerspace's association with Lion Dairy Drinks was also praised, taking out a win in the Beverages category for the  Daily Juice 'on-the-go' range.

The beverage category comprised a number of Australian companies, with Coca-Cola Amatil and Poppet International both claiming wins here – CCA for its Mount Franklin Easy Crush and Poppet for its Bebi Infant Suitable Drinks.

The Mount Franklin Easy Crush was also named a bronze winner in the Sustainability category.

A full list of winners can be viewed here. To get more information on Australia's winning products, click here.

AIP Fellowships
The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) used the WorldStar Awards to announced they had upgraded two members to the Fellowship grade.

The first of the two members was Ron Mines, who's been a member of the AIP since 1987 and has been in the packaging industry for 47 years. He started his packaging career in 1966 as a production planner with Alliance Cartons and worked for Visy from 1972 until he retired. Mines was awarded his Fellowship for his significant contribution to the cartonboard and corrugate box side of the industry.

The second Fellowship went to Richard Smith, general manager of Technical Development, Amcor Flexibles Asia Pacific – ANZ. Smith received his Fellowship for the significant contribution he's made to the development of polymers and innovative plastics packaging across a diverse range of packaging mediums including rigid containers, closures, trays and more recently flexible packaging.

Also presented last week at AUSPACK PLUS was the 2013 APPMA Awards of Excellence, which recognise innovative and outstanding packaging and processing solutions. Categories included Export Achievement, Design Achievement, Customer Partnership, Imported Equipment and Best New Product, as well as the APPMA Scholarship.

Image: Ralph Moyle, AIP national president


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