The German Packaging Award 2024 is officially open for submissions – and companies, organisations and individuals have until 31 May to submit their innovations and solutions to one of Europe’s largest independent showcases for packaging.

The award, organised by the German Packaging Institute (dvi), is decided by an independent jury of experts in 10 categories across all materials and sectors. And this year the application process is being made even easier with a new portal.

“Innovations play a crucial role in shaping the future. They create new opportunities and overcome challenges. This is particularly the case with packaging, where innovations are the basis for growth, success and competitive advantage, for health, diversity, zest for and quality of life, for environmental and climate protection.

“The German Packaging Award puts this achievement centre stage – from the seemingly small detail to the all-encompassing new design. It celebrates the best solutions and pays tribute to the people behind them,” says Oliver Berndt, Head of Events & Marketing at the dvi.

“Last year, we created new trophies to honour our winners. This year, we have improved the digital submission processes to make it even more convenient and less hard work for participants,” says Berndt.

“The accompanying texts, images or videos can now be created at your leisure and fine-tuned down to the last detail. The more precisely and clearly participants can highlight the performance and significance of their innovations, the more persuasive the overall picture is for the jury.”

There are 10 categories in which products or prototypes can be submitted, ranging from Design, Functionality & Convenience, Product Presentation, Economy and Sustainability to Logistics & Material Flow, New Material, Digitalisation and Packaging Machines (Engineering, Technology, Software).

Products can be submitted in several categories at the same time. The award offers a special category for the next generation of school and university students.

The jury is made up of a broad-based panel of experts from business, research, education and the media. They examine and judge all the entries against fixed, category-specific criteria at a two-day meeting at our premium partner IGEPA group’s premises. These criteria are published on the German Packaging Award website.

The jury also has the option to honour particularly pioneering solutions from among the winning innovations with a Gold Award. The Gold Awards will be announced and presented at a festive awards ceremony at FACHPACK. All packaging award winners will also receive their certificate and the German Packaging Award trophy at this special industry event. “Put 24 September 2024 in your diary,” recommends Oliver Berndt, and not just to the participating companies. “We cordially invite every one of you, together with our premium partner FACHPACK.”

The dvi has put the online form and all the submission information on their website, packagingaward.de

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