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Packaging designers of the future recognised

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Cormack Packaging’s annual Innovation awards has again recognised innovation in closure design at a presentation ceremony overlooking Sydney harbour.

The winning designer in 2005 was Frag Woodall from the University of Technology Sydney , with a one-handed, simple action closure concept for energy drinks.

As winning designer, Woodall received $1000 cash and a three-month work placement at Cormack’s head office in Sydney.

Arthur Owen from the University of New South Wales and Adam Crick from University of Technology Sydney received the runners-up awards.

Major Australian FMCG manufacturers attended the awards ceremony, with representatives from Coca-Cola Australia , Goodman Fielder , Noble Beverages, Orica , SC Johnson, Techpack and Unilever Australia all present.

Goodman Fielder’s Aquiles Acevedo, Coca-Cola Australia’s Lisa Roderick, and Cormack Packaging’s Ian Macnaught also judged the awards.

“Design and creativity are aspects that we can see each day in everything that we do, from the most simple thing to the most complex, and originates from someone who decided to see life through a different perspective,” Acevedo said.

“That is what this competition has - new concepts and creativity of young minds.”

The Innovation awards bring together universities across NSW in a competition based on innovative closure design, with the aim of finding the best upcoming designers and helping them develop to the mutual benefit of both the designers and the packaging industry.

“The award gives students valuable real world exposure through the challenges of the constraints of the brief, the opportunity to discuss their designs with manufacturing experts, and to visit the manufacturing environment,” UTS Faculty of Design and Architecture director of program Cathy Lockhart said.

The designers are required to devise a concept that meets set criteria, which in 2005 was a closure suited to the food and beverage markets. Designs are also expected to take into account manufacturing processes, environmental factors and consumer acceptability.

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