The official list of finalists in Australasia's Packaging & Processing Innovation and Design Awards (PIDA) has been released by the organising bodies, the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) and the Australian Packaging & Processing Machinery Association (APPMA).
The new awards program, launched in June last year, is designed to recognise companies and individuals who are making a significant difference in their field. The winners will be announced at a gala dinner on 8 March alongside AUSPACK 2017.
2017 Design Innovation of the Year Award- Beverage Category
The Design Innovation of the Year Award – Beverage Category will recognise organisations that have designed innovative packaging and processing materials, packaging and machinery/equipment within packaging and processing for liquid or dry tea, coffee, water and soft drinks including wine, beer and spirits.
Materials & Packaging Finalists: CHEP Australia for the CHEP Retail Display Pallets (RDP) and Beverage Trays (BT); Pact Group & a2 Milk Company for the a2 Milk Company’s new 2L bottle and Kraft Heinz Australia & QDesign Enterprises for the Golden Circle 2L Cordial Bottle.
Machinery Finalists: INOX-Australia for the Instantiser, INOX-Australia for the Pressure Vacuum and Intralox Australia for the ARB Technology.
2017 Design Innovation of the Year Award – Food Category
The Design Innovation of the Year Award - Food Category will recognise organisations that have designed innovative packaging and processing materials, packaging and machinery/equipment within food packaging and processing including fresh, frozen or other.
Materials & Packaging Finalists: Australian Wholefoods for the Lenovo Grain Thin Crackers, Nestlé Health Science Australia and QDesign Enterprises for Nestlé Health Science Resource ThickenUp Hydration range with Innovative Sipper Lid; TetraPak for Tetra Recart; Klockner Pentaplast for clikPET and W.W.Wedderburn for Stick ‘n’ Sleeve.
Machinery Equipment Finalists: Fibre King for the Four Magazine Lidding Machine, Heat and Control for E-FLO, HMPS for the HMPS5000 Wraparound Case Packer, Matthews for CDI Authentication Solution, Robotic Automation for Multi-Product Robotic Packaging Solution and tna for the tna ropac 5 side loading case packer.
2017 Sustainable Packaging & Processing Award
The Sustainable Packaging & Processing Design Award is designed to recognise companies that have developed innovative packaging or processing solutions that incorporates sustainability considerations. Elements would include Social, Material, Source Reduction, Energy and Recovery.
Materials & Packaging Finalists: Campbell Arnott’s for Salada carton, CHEP Australia for CHEP Retail Display Pallets (RDP) and Beverage Trays (BT); Pact Group for rPET Moisturelock Meat Tray, Plantic Technologies for PLANTIC R Packaging Material and Woolpack Australia for Woolcool.
Machinery/Equipment Finalists: HAVER & BOECKER Australia for the HAVER & BOECKER ADAMS technology; Omni for Omni Pallet Wrapping Solution, Packsize & Samsung Australia for the Packsize EM and iQ Fusio On Demand Packaging system; and Scott Automation & Robotics for the Automated Robotic Beef Rib Cutting system.
2017 Save Food Packaging & Processing Award
The Save Food Packaging & Processing Design Award is designed to recognise companies that have developed innovative and sustainable packaging or processing solutions that minimises food losses and food waste.
Finalists: Fresh Technologies Ltd & Sealed Air Food Care for Cryovac Freshness Plus; and Woolpack Australia for Woolcool.
2017 Industry Packaging & Processing Professional of the Year Award
The Industry Packaging & Processing Professional of the Year Award is designed to recognise and acknowledge the outstanding achievements and contribution by an individual currently working within the Packaging and Processing. The judges looked for individuals who have demonstrated vision and leadership, show innovation and are not afraid to take risks.
For significant and continued contribution of an Individual to the packaging and processing industry over a minimum period of 25 years, finalists are: Keith Chessell, Director, Sustainable Packaging Design; Mark Emmett, Managing Director, HMPS; Paul Haberland, Packaging Manager, Nestle Australia; Rob Lawrence, General Manager, Walls Machinery; Terry O’Brien, Managing Director, Simplot; and Lester Nichol, Managing Director, Matthews Australasia.
2017 APPMA Scholarship
The APPMA are seeking a packaging & processing professional engineer that is looking to further their education by offering them a scholarship to enrol in the Diploma in Packaging Technology.
Finalists: Nelson Bulsari, Technical Director, Roto Converters NZ; Liz Cagorski, Brand Custodian Packaging Specialist, Liza Rose design and communications; John Ferrier, Quality Manager, Campari; Claire Lee, Packaging Quality Coordinator, LION; and Michael Van Dord, Technical and Design Engineer, Caps and Closures.
2017 Young Packaging & Processing Professional of the Year Award
The purpose of the Young Packaging & Processing Professional of the Year Award is to provide incentive and recognition to young professionals who are both currently working in and wish to continue their career path within the packaging & processing industry.
Finalists: Alexandra Brayshaw, Accessible Packaging Researcher, Arthritis Australia; Nina Cleeve-Edwards, Manager- Oceania Innovation Acceleration Team, Nestle Australia; Sergio Palacio, Project Manager, HMPS and Gavin Wong, Product Design Engineer, O-I.
The 2017 PIDA Awards were sponsored by Platinum Partners: Midway Metals, NCI Packaging, SMC Pneumatics, Gold Partners: Packaging Council of NZ; Agility, Fuji Xerox and Wellman Packaging, Silver Partners: NHP and UPM Raflatac, Exclusive Media Partner PKN Packaging News and Supporters: Auspouch, EcodEX, Empauer, Esko and qDesign Enterprises. The Packaging & Processing Innovation and Design Awards (PIDA) are the exclusive entry point for Australia and New Zealand for the prestigious WorldStar Awards.