Pierre Pienaar, president of WPO, said, “In its 52nd year, Worldstar is one of the major events of WPO and this year attracted 321 entries from 36 countries all over the world. The submissions were again of a significantly high standard, and to note was how well the submissions in general reflected the focus of packaging with sustainability in mind. Also of interest was the number of clever and unique ideas. I was particularly impressed with the number of submissions from countries that have in the past not partaken in any significant way. We received a good variety of entries covering all the categories. We will continue to review the categories thus ensuring due relevance is always maintained.”
Huhtamaki PPL and Kanodia Technoplast received three awards each. ITC bagged two Worldstars, one each for PSPD and Packaging and Printing Division. And Cosmo Films and Koye Pharmaceuticals bagged one award each.
As readers of WhatPackaging? know, ITC Packaging and Printing Division took home the highest honours — PrintWeek Printing Company of the Year 2019. It was also named Green Company of the Year and the Packaging Converter of the Year (Flexible).
Pienaar added, “I would also like to thank all the judges who so diligently and with such intentional focus spent hours and hours going through each 321 submissions, to come up with the 214 Worldstar winners for 2019. I look forward to handing over the Worldstar Awards to the respective winners during the Interpack week in Dusseldorf on 8 May 2020.”
All the winners will be recognised in an Awards Gala Ceremony on 8 May 2020, in Dusseldorf, Germany, alongside Interpack, which is slated from 7-13 May 2020.