Interpack 2017: Indian convertors shine at WorldStar Awards

By 22 May 2017

On Day One of Interpack 2017, the World Packaging Organisation honoured 140 winners from across the globe with the coveted WorldStar Award. Of the eight entries from the Indian packaging firms that qualified for the award after winning the IndiaStar award, four bagged the WorldStar.

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Nitin Sharma (l) and Vivek Sharma (r) of JPS Plastics receiving the award from WPO's Thomas Schneider

The winning companies include Huhtamaki PPL, JPS Plastics, and Vardhaman Plastochem.

The Mumbai-based Huhtamaki PPL won two WorldStar awards for Horlicks Gold pressure-sensitive labels and Tzinga profile pouch in Beverages category while JPS Plastics’ multi-layer woven sacks for Daawat brand of rice won a WorldStar in Food category. And Vardhaman Plastochem bagged a WorldStar for introducing a Titan Bucket, a bucket pack in the Indian lubricant segment for GS Caltex and other clients.

Besides this ITC’s Printing and Packaging Division was awarded a merit certificate for its Alpino gift pack.

Another new category at WorldStar 2017 was the Life Time Achievement. The judges, from all over the world, elected: Anne Emblem (UK), Dharma Ratnayake (Sri Lanka), Sergio Haberfeld (Brazil) and Soren Ostergaard (Denmark). “The Lifetime Achievement in Packaging Award was established with the aim of acknowledging and rewarding excellence in all aspects of packaging science, technology, design and application across every country around the world,” said Thomas Schneider, WPO president.

Schneider said, “The discipline of packaging is one that is truly global. The World Packaging Organisation is in a unique position to identify leading practitioners from around the world who have consistently pushed the boundaries in advancing the art, science and application of packaging to serve the needs of an ever more demanding society. These prestigious awards will celebrate and preserve in perpetuity the collective achievements of these innovators.”

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Team Huhtamaki PPL with WPO's Schneider

In the new Save Food category, the Gold Star Award was given to Flexomed, from Spain for the Ethylene Absorber Bag, which reduces food loss by 3% - 9%. The process of absorbing the ethylene, delays the ripening of the fruits.

During the occasion, 140 winners were awarded from a total of 291 entries from 35 countries. Japan was the biggest winner of the night with a total of 20 trophies, followed by Germany with 18 awards. More than 400 delegates attended the presentation.


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