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Sixth annual Cormack innovation awards held

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Sydney university students made up nine of the ten finalists at the sixth annual Cormack innovation awards recognising innovation in the industrial design, winning two highly commended awards.

The awards were presented last week (October 31) by the Cormack Packaging Managing Director, Mathew Cormack, at an awards ceremony hosted by the Department of State and Regional Development in Sydney.

The Cormack innovation awards are in their 6th year and are recognised as one of the more practically based awards for industrial design students in Australia.

Condell Park based Cormack Packaging is behind some of the innovative packaging solutions used in popular consumer goods. The company is itself a recipient of a 2007 Western Sydney Industry Award for Excellence in innovation.

While packaging is not a widely recognised industry in Australia, it is associated with nearly every product Cormack comes into contact with on a daily basis.

Goods packaging can protect and preserve make storage and transport easier and enhance the appeal of the product inside.

These annual 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.

Four of this year’s finalists were from Sydney’s University of Technology (UTS) with a further five awards going to design students from the University of NSW in Kensington.

For the first time the overall Annual Cormack Innovation Award was won by a 2nd year Industrial Design student, Sarah Stevens from Monash University’s Caulfield campus in Melbourne.

Amid strong competition, 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.

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