The winners of the German Packaging Award 2022 have been announced. The winning innovations come from ten categories – and range from digital solutions to efficient packaging machines. The award ceremony will take place on September 27, 2022, as part of FACHPACK in Nuremberg.
38 award-winning innovations from six countries: that is the result of the German Verpackungspreis 2022 organized by the German Packaging Institute (dvi). The award ceremony will again take place as part of FACHPACK in Nuremberg – on September 27. The winners of the Gold Award will also be announced exclusively there. This award goes to particularly groundbreaking solutions from among the packaging award winners.
“If you want to see outstandingly creative and intelligent innovations in all aspects of packaging, look at the winners of the German Packaging Award,” emphasizes Dr. Bettina Horenburg, Director Corporate Communications at Siegwerk Druckfarben and a member of the Board of the German Packaging Institute (dvi). She says it is extremely remarkable that the companies in the industry have not allowed their innovative and creative power to be stopped despite the adverse conditions surrounding Corona, the energy crisis, and supply chain problems.
Horenburg is particularly impressed by the range of solutions. “All levers are really being pulled and every detail is being scrutinized in order to keep improving packaging and its sourrounding issues as well as to develop optimal answers to the challenges of our time.” The winning innovations are spread across ten categories of the showcase – from digitalisation to design and processing, sustainability, and economic efficiency to packaging machinery and young talent. All award-winning solutions including jury explanations can be found on the website of the dvi.
New solutions for spray heads and lids
Once again, Werner & Mertz is among this year’s award winners. In collaboration with Berry Global, the cleaning products supplier has succeeded in developing a spray head that is made of over 97 percent polypropylene. In this way, Werner & Mertz is meeting the challenges that functional parts such as spray heads pose for the circular economy. As the jury pointed out, because of high technical requirements, these have, so far, usually been realized using several different materials. The new solution consists almost entirely of one material, is 18 percent lighter on average than the market standard and, what’s more, post-consumer recyclate accounts for 29 percent of functional parts.
It is not feasible to use recyclates everywhere. Where it is not, it is even more important to use as little material as possible, according to the jury of the German Packaging Award. With a look at nature, Spies Kunststoffe has succeeded in saving material in a special way, the company says: Thanks to an innovative honeycomb structure technology, the use of plastic in packaging such as lids can be reduced by up to 30 percent. If desired, the proportion of plastic saved can be further increased and replaced by renewable raw materials, according to Spies.
The awards ceremony and announcement of the Gold Awards will follow on September 27 as part of FACHPACK in Nuremberg, starting at 4 p.m. at Forum PACKBOX – just one of many highlights in the program.