Organisers have put out a reminder that nominations close on February 23 for the 2018 Packaging & Innovation Design Awards for Australia and New Zealand.

The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP), the Australian Packaging & Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) and the Packaging Council of New Zealand (PAC.NZ), have established the Packaging & Processing Innovation and Design Awards (PIDA) to recognise companies and individuals making a significant difference in their field in Australia and New Zealand.

The Design Innovation of the Year company awards will recognise organisations that have designed innovative packaging and processing materials, innovative packaging and processing machinery/equipment within each of these four manufacturing categories: Food; Beverage; Health, Beauty & Wellness; and Domestic & Household. In each of these four categories there will be an award given for Materials & Packaging; and for Packaging Machinery/Equipment.

In addition, there are two company awards available for all nominees within each of the four award categories: Sustainable Packaging & Processing Award; and Save Food Packaging Design Award.

The Individual awards will recognise people whose have made specific contributions to the packaging and processing industry. These Individual Awards will include: the Young Packaging & Processing Professional of the Year; the Industry Packaging & Processing Professional of the Year; and the APPMA Scholarship and the Packaging Council of New Zealand Scholarship which offers one person from both Australia and New Zealand the opportunity to enrol in the Diploma in Packaging Technology; an internationally recognised and accredited course. The APPMA Scholarship will be for Australian Applicants and the Packaging Council of New Zealand Scholarship will be for New Zealand Applicants.

The PIDA Awards are the exclusive award programme for all Australia and New Zealand entries into the WorldStar Packaging Awards.

The AIP will host the international WorldStar Packaging Awards alongside the PIDA Awards gala dinner on the May 2 as a part of our 2018 AIP National Conference. The AIP National Conference will have over 55 speakers from across 18 countries discussing packaging globalisation.

Nerida Kelton, executive director AIP, says, “We do hope that you nominate your own designs, your company, staff or customers in the 2018 PIDA Awards. With the Packaging Council of New Zealand generously supporting the introduction of a second scholarship this year we would strongly encourage you to consider one of your team for this wonderful opportunity valued at over $9000.”

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