Pentawards Introduces the NXT-GEN Award For Student Designers of the Future

New for the 2018 edition of the Pentawards, the NXT-GEN Award provides a platform for the next generation of packaging design talent to showcase its skills on an international stage and to the biggest influencers in the design business. It also underlines the Pentawards’ commitment to champion the best new entrants to the global packaging design industry and their work, and promote careers in the sector to future generations of students.

The winning student will receive an all-expenses paid trip to New York, an invitation to attend the Pentawards Gala Ceremony, which is taking place at the Guggenheim Museum on 6th September 2018, and the opportunity to collect their award live on stage. It will also give the winning student an unprecedented opportunity to meet many of the world’s top packaging designers at the event. In addition, their work will be published The Package Design Book 5, a review of Pentawards winners that is published every two years by Taschen.

All students entering any category of the 2018 competition will be eligible to receive the NXT-GEN award; and their entry will automatically be considered for the NXT-GEN Award as well as their original category. Entries for the NXT-GEN Award will be judged on creativity, innovation, branding and the quality of execution. Each of the designs will be judged by a highly-esteemed panel of 12 industry experts, which includes, Mark van Interson, Global Design Director at Heineken, Sam O’Donahue, Creative Director at Established and Mark Budden, Managing Director at Design. The judges bring with them years of experience, working across major brand accounts including Guinness, Marc Jacobs, Diageo, L’Oréal and Fenty by Rihanna, to name just a few.


In these large areas called "Hispack Challenges" the conferences and essential activities of the fair will be concentrated. In total about 70 sessions in which 185 speakers will participate, as well as workshops, demonstrations, exhibitions or guided tours.

Sustainability by Hispack: this space on sustainability in packaging will propose answers for the preservation of natural resources, the use of new materials, processes and applications taking into account both their final use, as well as their subsequent recovery and reintroduction into the system.

User Experience by Hispack: This area will be dedicated to highlight the optimization of the packaging use experience so that brands seduce, interact and trust the consumer through the packaging. The conferences and round tables will focus on six main areas: the structural design of the container; the applications of printing; branding strategies; experiences and interaction through smart packaging; neuromarketing and consumer-centered design; and the construction of the Premium experience in food and perfumery and cosmetics products.

Automation by Hispack: El área dedicada a la automatización busca que las empresas usuarias de soluciones de packaging entiendan cómo evolucionar hacia el modelo de empresa digital a través de sus operaciones de envase y embalaje y cuáles son las tecnologías para conseguirlo.

Packaging Logistics by Hispack: The contents that will be covered in the conferences will be related to the traceability and the optimization of the monitoring and control of the products via intelligent packaging; collaborative robotics; warehouse 4.0 with Smart processes and operations; the tendencies and normative changes in the stability of loads; urban logistics and deliveries in the last-mile of the chain and packaging keys for electronic commerce.

Saica buys the corrugated paper group Emin Leydier

The Aragonese company Saica has acquired the French group Emin Leydier, specialized in the production of paper and corrugated cardboard. Founded in 1975, Emin Leydier has eight plants in France, two paper mills and reached a turnover of 378.4 million euros in 2017. With this purchase, Saica's paper production capacity will increase by 800,000 tons, to 3.3 million tons. Saica also adds an additional capacity of 360 million square meters in the production of corrugated cardboard.

The Saica Group has a presence in Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Turkey, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. It has four business lines: manufacture of recycled paper for corrugated cardboard, recovery of recyclable materials, corrugated cardboard packaging and flexible packaging. Saica Natur and Danone. Danone has begun to recycle 100% of the waste generated by its four plants in Spain (Aldaya in Valencia, Parets in Barcelona, ​​Salas in Asturias and Tres Cantos in Madrid), thanks to the collaboration with Saica Natur. The company has is one of the first companies in Spain to achieve the goal "Zero Waste" and reuse these recycled materials.

Albéa acquires Covit S.L.

Albéa acquires 100% of Covit S.L., a leading manufacturer of metal parts, from PHI Industrial private equity fund. Covit S.L is a leader in the drawing, anodizing, assembly and decoration of metal parts for packaging products, based in Torelló, Spain. The company owns an extensive know-how in stamping, anodizing and color matching as well as years of experience primarily in dispensing systems. Covit was founded in 1979. It employs 200 people and achieved sales of appr. €20 million in 2017.

This acquisition will provide Albéa with global metal capabilities and expertise while building a strong, global supplier of metal parts. “With Covit, we are building a metal business with facilities in Torelló (Spain), Waterbury, CT (USA) and Shanghai (China) that will offer a wide range of products and technologies, world-class technical expertise, global reach and a strong commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility” explains François Luscan, Albéa’s President & CEO. Alexander Wit, Managing Partner of PHI Industrial commented: “We believe that Albéa is an ideal owner for the business as it will allow Covit to be part of a truly global business and play a significant role in Albéa’s metal strategy.”

Crown offers food manufacturers a new capping solutions package

Crown Food Europe, a business unit of Crown Holdings, Inc., has introduced a comprehensive service package for food manufacturers. The package includes the sale of its high-performance capping technology, ancillary components and expert technical support for the machine’s service life. The package, which replaces the company’s previous model of leasing equipment, enables brand owners to benefit from a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) since they own their systems outright and gives them access to high quality aftercare by Crown’s experienced technicians, helping minimize unnecessary maintenance and downtime. Crown’s experts also provide upfront support by recommending specifications for the closures to be capped by the machine, helping to reduce the risk of poor quality cap seals or breakages, decreasing waste. They can also advise on the positioning and layout of new production lines to optimize line efficiency.

Three of Crown’s capping solutions are available for sale as part of this package: The Smart Capper™, that is tailored to lower-speed production lines, providing a throughput rate of up to 150 caps per minute; with a throughput rate of 300 caps per minute, the Euro Capper™ has been designed for medium-speed production lines; for large volume producers, the Global Capper™ can operate at high speeds, with a throughput of up to 800 caps per minute.

All three systems are compatible with Crown’s closures portfolio, including the company’s Orbit® Closure that is twice as easy to open as standard twist-off caps. Each system features stainless steel construction and hygienic design, making them simple to clean. Crown can also customize the machines to fit into smaller footprints or to suit manufacturers’ individual production line needs.

Packaging Cluster companies working on open innovation challenges

Valencian and Catalan companies, articulated through their respective clusters, have proposed to students from all over spanish universities, their market needs detected in the field of packaging. The works will be carried out in the frame of the 9th Edition of the Premios Nacionales de Diseño y Sostenibilidad Envase y Embalaje, which this year is expected to host more than 200 students, with the participation of 16 universities from all over the State. The awards, lead by the Valencian Packaging Cluster were created in 2009 and this year Catalan companies from Catalan Packaging Cluster joined, as a result of the collaboration agreement between the two organizations.

The kind of topics works will be focused on are: plastic covers in the field of child safety, dispensing lid for granulates or an intercambiable makeup palette, among others. These challenges have been proposed by Logicfruit, Lacteos Romar (members of the Cluster of Envase y Embalaje) as well as Menshen, IP Triana and Quadpack (members of the Cluster of Packaging). The awards are addressed to University students and recent graduates in order to foster of innovation, design and sustainability in the packaging sector through open innovationmethodology, then creating collaboration mechanisms between the University community and business environment. The award ceremony will be held on May 15th in Valencia.



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