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Innovative Spitze: Die Gewinner beim Deutschen Verpackungspreis 2021

“The packaging industry is and remains a highly innovative and creative sector,” emphasises Dr Bettina Horenburg, Director Corporate Communications at Siegwerk Druckfarben and member of the board and overall responsible for the German Packaging Award at the German Packaging Institute.

“As the organiser of Europe’s largest showcase for packaging, we were delighted to see the large number of innovations submitted, which was around 25% higher than the previous year. The quality of these solutions was also remarkable. Our 24-member jury from business, research and academia literally had their hands full during their two-day meeting to review every submission. In the end, a number of deserving winners were selected. But consumers, trade, commerce, industry and the environment can all consider themselves winners as well. After all, packaging innovations bring even more convenience, shopping experience, efficiency, profitability and sustainability. They are high-tech as well as creative, find new ways to do things and equip us for the challenges of our times.”

Materials, categories, nations
The 52 award-winning innovations are spread across all ten categories of the showcase – from digitalisation to design and processing, sustainability and economic efficiency to packaging machinery and technology. Four awards were also awarded in the young talent category. There are solutions made of plastic, paper, cardboard, corrugated cardboard, wood, aluminium, glass and composite cardboard. The award winners come from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Turkey, Slovenia and Latvia.

Gold Awards and the award ceremony
The Gold Awards give the jury scope to additionally honour particularly ground-breaking innovations from among the packaging award winners. “The jury made the most of this opportunity again this year,” Bettina Horenburg informs us. “We will be announcing the winners of the exclusive Gold Awards at the festive award ceremony on the first day of the FACHPACK trade fair in Nuremberg. There, on 28 September 2021, we will present all 52 winners with their award and, together with our premium partners FACHPACK, IGEPA and Coca-Cola as well as our partner PEFC, announce and celebrate the Gold Award winners during this special industry event. Participation is free of charge. The dvi will provide information about the registration process in good time on its ‘’ website,” says Horenburg. 

Wide range of innovations
The winning solutions offer, among other things: new finishing options; emotional and bold design with clear brand communication for POS and unboxing; unique shapes and attention to detail; intuitive dispensers; material savings in packaging; reduction of CO2 footprint and transport volume; CO2-based plastic; cooling features and shock-absorbing insulation; improved residual emptying; optimisation for handling, logistics and product protection; modularity and scalability; anti-counterfeiting; load security; cost reduction; time saving; flexibility for small batch sizes; optimised ergonomics; low maintenance; automated packaging using robots; use of recycled material; substitution of plastic; smart corrosion protection; recyclable barrier solutions; long shelf life and flavour protection; high-speed packaging applications; new materials; data management systems to automate the packaging process; reusable packaging systems for e-commerce; recycling for sleeves; mono-material solutions; paper-based blisters; recycled markers in UV screen inks; sustainable inks for aluminium packaging; automated creation of customised shipping boxes; new geometries for paper packaging; and reusable options and organic coatings.