Winners shine a light on originality and invention in foil products
Alufoil Trophy 2018: new technologies or techniques bring out the best in aluminium foil, offering high impact shelf presence, environmental advantages and improved consumer convenience
The Alufoil Trophy 2018 lived up to its reputation as one of the most highly valued awards competitions in the materials sector. This year’s winning entries display excellence in aluminium foil across a wide range of applications including pharmaceutical, food and snack packaging and one which literally does make it much easier to shine LED lighting.
A panel of leading industry experts from all areas of the aluminium foil industry announced ten winners across the five competition categories. “We were impressed by the great originality of many entries, which took existing products further or added a new dimension to the use of foil. There was a highly inventive theme which showed a strong grasp of the technical possibilities of aluminium foil, while, at the same time, giving consideration for convenience and environmental impact,” explained the judges.
Each year the competition is organised by the European Aluminium Foil Association, EAFA and entries come from all parts of the aluminium foil sector including aluminium foil rollers and converters. Guido Aufdemkamp, the association’s executive director praised the standard of entries again this year. “Many of the winners for 2018 are truly groundbreaking, such as helping to simplify a complex electrical process, improve access to a key medical product, or creating stunning closure designs using crossover technology. We are constantly impressed by the way the aluminium foil sector can innovate and the Trophy is an important and effective way to recognise these achievements.”
The competition is open to products which are either made from aluminium foil or contain aluminium foil as part of a laminate, structure or packaging system, as well as aluminium closures. Categories cover every aspect of aluminium foil usage across many diverse markets. The classifications are Consumer Convenience; Marketing + Design; Product Protection; Resource Efficiency; and Technical Innovation.