DuPont’s 2016 Awards for Packaging Innovation

For 28 years running, DuPont has rewarded excellence in the packaging industry with their annual Awards for Packaging Innovation. One of the world’s leading science and engineering companies, Dupont is responsible for the invention of nylon, Tyvek, and Kevlar, amongst others. Dedicated to tackling global challenges, the Packaging Innovation Awards specifically champion achievements across three categories: Responsible Packaging, Enhanced User Experience, and Technological Advancement.

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Up first as one recipient of DuPont’s Silver Award is Palladio Group’s PhutureMed™, in the Enhanced User Experience category. Chosen for ‘advancing patient safety,’ PhutureMed™ is “designed to monitor the quality of medicines shipped to patients and improve medication adherence of patients to prescribed drug therapies.” Every time the package is accessed, an entry is added to the time log. The log serves as a reminder for whether or not the patient has taken their medication (and also discourages tampering). This information can be vital for doctors, allowing doctors to monitor their patient’s care more accurately. Also built in is a temperature monitor, which will alert the user if the medication has ever gone above or below a designated range–it even works without battery power!

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One winner in the Gold Award category for both Technological Advancement and Enhanced User Experience was PHD Skincare’s Never Miss a Spot Technology, an ‘extended wand sunscreen applicator.’ The wand allows for easy spraying of hard to reach areas, while maintaining a uniform mist at any angle–this enables users to get even coverage without assistance. The sprayer could also easily be adapted to other products, such as fertilizers and insecticides.

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Receiving the highest honor as the sole recipient of the Diamond Award was Graham Packaging’s ThermaSet® Blow Molded PET Container. It excels across all three categories: Responsible Packaging, Enhanced User Experience, and Technological Advancement. Various design manipulations allow for far better than average thermal stability and increased wall strength. The container is also lightweight and shatter resistant, 100% recyclable, and produces a lower than average carbon footprint during manufacturing. The narrow, taller build also cuts down on valuable shelf storage in retail displays.

More information on all finalists and winners can be found here.

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Pantone Color of the Year 2016

The following post was written by GTS Packaging Solutions’ Liz Wolfe, and is featured at gtspblog.wordpress.com.

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Pantone has just announced their 2016 Color of the Year, and for the first time since they started the practice in 2000, they’ve picked two colors: Rose Quartz and Serenity.

Last year, we noted that their 2015 choice ‘Marsala’ was an interesting one (pictured below on the left along with the colors from 2011-2014). Marsala’s deep, earthy tones are quite different from previous selections (which have all been rather lively).

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It seems that Pantone is sticking with last year’s idea of shaking things up–while they are going back to their more colorful roots, Rose Quartz and Serenity are the first pastel colors they’ve selected since the early 2000’s.

Pantone’s Color of the Year isn’t just an arbitrary decision: in addition to being a huge name in the printing industry (thus inspiring next year’s trends), their selection is always inspired by current events. Rose Quartz and Serenity are meant to work together to soothe and balance viewers in a time of change and turbulence.

About their decision, they’ve said: “Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.”

Pantone also points out that “in many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.”

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Packaging Conventions to Look out for in 2015

Conventions are a great place for networking. You can meet potential clients, learn the latest tricks of the trade in the industry, connect with industry professionals, and more. This week, we’re covering some of the upcoming shows to look out for in 2015.

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Pack Expo Las Vegas is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year from September 28th – 30th in Las Vegas, Nevada (venue TBD). Pack Expo covers the leading trends and innovations in the industry as a whole. With over 1,800 exhibiting companies and 29,000+ overall attendees, Pack Expo is a show you don’t want to miss.

Can’t make the Las Vegas show? There’s also Pack Expo East from February 16th – 18th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with over 300 exhibitors and 4,000 attendees.

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The Converting & Package Printing Expo is another one you don’t want to miss if you’re in the Chicago area. From September 13th – 16th, they’ll be covering flexible packaging, non-wovens and tissue converting, corrugated converting, folding carton/boxmaking, 3D printing technologies, and more. With over 120 exhibitors, it’s a sizable convention where you’ll be joined by many other industry professionals.

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Info Flex runs from May 4th – 5th in Nashville, Tennessee. This particular exhibition has been running for over 30 years; they have a solid track record, drawing in 240 exhibitors and 2,000 attendees. According to their site, 98% of exhibiting companies from 2014 plan to return this year, and 89% met potential business prospects. Both the size of their venue and the attendance rates have increased by over 30% in recent years. They cover flexible packaging, tag & label, corrugated, folding carton, printed electronics, and more.

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Lastly, we have Luxe Pack, whose New York show runs from May 13th – 14th. Luxe Pack is the only show of its kind, as it is dedicated specifically to creative and innovative packaging. They offer innovative solutions for all sorts of packaging types and industries, with a strong focus on aesthetics. To date, they have been running for 9 years, bringing in over 3,300 visitors and 200 exhibiting companies.

Which shows are you planning on visiting?

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Pantone Color of the Year 2015

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Pantone recently announced their 2015 selection of Color of the Year: Marsala.

Such a rich, dramatic color is an interesting pick, considering their choices from 2009 and beyond have been so bright and lively (but more on prior years in a bit).

About their choice: “Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.”

Curious about the colors from years prior? Starting with 2009 from the left up to 2014:

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