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The 2018 winners of the highly respected international competition the German Packaging Award have been announced - spotlighting a wealth of innovation across the packaging value chain. An independent jury of professional associations, business, trade and research scrutinised 226 submissions from ten nations and picked out 40 as the best solutions in nine competition categories - from magnetically levitating primary packaging and origami eggs to major advances in advances in machinery. The German Packaging Institute (dvi) will be celebrating the winners at FachPack in the form of a gala ceremony and special exhibit.


Extra convenience and meaningful added value for consumers, cost and efficiency gains in production, the packaging process and logistics, new opportunities for sustainable and eye-catching designs using new technologies and materials, innovative solutions for e-commerce and the increased use of recycling materials, as well as finding new ways for simple and efficient recycling are all features of the many excellent packaging solutions in 2018.

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Dr Bettina Horenburg, the dvi Executive Board member responsible for the German Packaging Award, takes great satisfaction in the diversity and high quality of those innovations submitted. “Packaging is a key element in our infrastructure. It makes the supply of all the goods needed on a daily basis – both by companies and the population at large – secure,” she commented.


“For this reason, packaging is right at the absolute centre of public interest. Ever-increasing demands in areas such as sustainability, efficiency and convenience can only be met through continuous innovations. The great competitive showcase of the German Packaging Award shows in an exemplary way how committed and successful our companies are in this task. The dvi, for itself and also on behalf of the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy as patron of the award, would like to take this opportunity to express our thanks and our utmost respect to all entrants.”

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Ceremony and Gold Award

The festive award ceremony takes place within the framework of a special industry event with stage talk and industry VIPs on the first day of FachPack. “All the winners will receive a trophy, seal and certificate. In addition, we will unveil the mystery of who is to win the coveted packaging Gold Award," said Bettina Horenburg. The Gold Award is awarded by the jury for solutions that in their eyes merit special recognition, because they push trends forward in a unique way, find important answers or act as a pioneer in an entirely new way. The dvi invites all interested parties to be a part of this – on 25 September 2018 from 16:00 in the Munich Hall of the NCC Mitte at NürnbergMesse. Participation is free of charge. Register in advance on the German Packaging Award website.

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Special exhibition and PackBox Forum

A selection of the award-winning packaging innovations is available for visitors to the FachPack, as well as at the dvi booth in Hall 6 / 459, to view. In addition, dvi managing director Winfried Batzke will present the results of the competitive showcase on Thursday 27 September from 10:00 to 12:00 in the framework of the PackBox Forum. But if you can’t wait until then, you can take a sneak preview at all the winning solutions complete with image and the text of the jury’s rating from today onwards on the German Packaging Award website!