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Monash student wins Cormack Innovation Award

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article image Monash University student, Sarah Stevens wins Cormack Innovation Award

Monash University student, Sarah Stevens, has won the 6th Annual Cormack Innovation Award presented in Sydney. Sarah is a 2nd year Industrial Design student at Monash’s Caulfield campus.

Sarah won her award for her elegant design solution for the packaging of nails in a triangular form. Sarah’s design gives the DIY handyman easy access to the nails as well as providing a secure way of transporting and storing them. Sarah’s design is also easy to manufacture, easy to pack and looks great on retail shelves. 

Cormack Packaging Marketing Manager, Ron Hartman, said Sarah’s design solved the frustration felt by many DIY people with the current vacuum formed packaging of nails - packaging that is hard to open and harder to close.

Sarah’s win is also ground breaking for the Cormack Innovation Awards as Sarah is the first student from Monash to win the award as well as the first interstate winner. Students from University of Technology Sydney (UTS), University of NSW, Canberra University and Monash University competed for this year’s award.

Apart from a cash prize and trophy, Hartman said Sarah will be given the opportunity to work as a design intern with Cormack Packaging.

Sarah received her award from Cormack Packaging Managing Director, Mathew Cormack. Cormack Packaging is behind some of the innovative packaging solutions used in popular consumer goods in Australia and internationally.

“While packaging is not a widely recognized industry in Australia, it is associated with nearly every product we come into contact with on a daily basis. Good packaging can protect and preserve, make storage and transport easier and enhance the appeal of the product inside,” Cormack said.

The Cormack Innovation Awards are in their 6th year and are recognised as one of the practically based awards for Industrial Design students in Australia.

These awards are practical because the design criteria are based on industry needs and are judged by leading industry practitioners working in Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FCMG), beverage and pharmaceutical companies.

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