Winners show great engineering skills and design flair to demonstrate excellence in alufoil
The Alufoil Trophy 2014 featured many original, yet practical, solutions for products using alufoil packaging and aluminium closures. Some shining examples of the skills and innovation on offer from the sector were among a record number of entries. The panel awarded 12 trophies from the 67 entries, recognising excellence in all five competition categories, plus one discretionary award.
Head of the judging panel was Dr Mark Caul, technical manager for packaging at Tesco, who brought a valuable retail perspective to the table. Commenting on the overall competition he said, “We were particularly impressed by the combination of alufoil with other materials to come up with some very well engineered and novel packaging solutions – many of which could lead to new market opportunities for alufoil or closures. In addition some of the finishing and print quality was simply outstanding and took some, often quite established concepts, to a completely different level. I was genuinely excited by the potential of some of the winning entries.”
The competition is open to products which are either made from alufoil or contain alufoil as part of a laminate, structure or packaging system, as well as aluminium closures. Categories cover every aspect of alufoil usage across many diverse markets, particularly those for packaging and technical applications. The classifications are Consumer Convenience; Marketing + Design; Product Preservation; Resource Efficiency; and Technical Innovation. The judges also have discretion to award an Alufoil Trophy for products displaying excellence across a number of categories, or for an outstanding or clever application.