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2014-02-25

Cartons on tour

Cartons on tour
The award winning cartons of the Pro Carton/ECMA Award feature the best cartons on the market in the categories Carton of the Year, sustainability, innovation and eight different product categories. Since 2011 the award winners tour Europe - and the number of stops is growing. If you would like to utilise the roadshow, you are welcome at Pro Carton.

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2013-09-20

The Wow Factor: Presentation of the 17. Pro Carton/ECMA Awards

The Wow Factor: Presentation of the 17. Pro Carton/ECMA Awards

The Pro Carton/ECMA Award 2013 was a tremendous success. The interest in new ideas in the field of cartonboard and cartons has increased considerably, as demonstrated by the entries: nearly one third of the entries were new to the competition – never before had there been that many newcomers to the Award. The Awards were presented on 19. September 2013 at the ECMA Congress in Dubrovnik. Carton of the Year was awarded to the Twinkle Box champagne packaging by Van Genechten.



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2013-08-17

Pro Carton/ECMA Award 2013 – the finalists!

Pro Carton/ECMA Award 2013 – the finalists!
The 17. Pro Carton/ECMA Award has been an outstanding success: The interest in new ideas in the fields of cartonboard and cartons has increased significantly, as indicated by the growing number of entries: nearly a third of companies have participated for the first time – we have never had that many newcomers for our Award. On 19 September, the award winners will be presented at the ECMA Congress in Dubrovnik. Who are your favourites?

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2013-07-02

Pro Carton/ECMA Award 2013: record participation!

Pro Carton/ECMA Award 2013: record participation!

The jury of the Pro Carton/ECMA Awards met recently and first impressions were very positive: with 49 companies and over 100 entries from 11 countries, more companies than ever before have participated, and not only from the carton industry, but the entire Packaging Supply Chain – 14 of which were absolute newcomers! In August, the finalists will be presented here on the E-news and the Pro Carton website. The prizes will be awarded on 19. September as part of the ECMA Congress in Dubrovnik.


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2013-04-02

Structures that pay dividends

Structures that pay dividends
Structural design is not only useful for the presentation of premium products. It can improve both the usability of the packaging as well as its sustainability. ”Consumers are grateful when they see that someone has taken their needs seriously“, says Olaf Barski of Barski Design. Pro Carton interviewed him.

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2013-02-22

Call for entries: Pro Carton/ECMA Award 2013

Call for entries: Pro Carton/ECMA Award 2013
There is hardly a better opportunity for demonstrating the innovative power and creativity of cartons than the Pro Carton/ECMA Award, Europe's most significant award for carton packaging. All partners of the Supply Chain – cartonboard and carton industry, designers, brand owners and the trade – are cordially invited to participate, final date for entries is 6. June 2013.

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2013-02-22

Cartons on tour

Cartons on tour
The award winning cartons of the Pro Carton/ECMA Award feature the best cartons on the market in the categories Carton of the Year, sustainability, innovation and eight different product categories. Since 2011 the award winners tour Europe - and the number of stops is growing. If you would like to utilise the roadshow, you are welcome at Pro Carton.

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2013-01-14

Creativity wherever you look: Award ceremony of the 16. Pro Carton/ECMA Award

Creativity wherever you look: Award ceremony of the 16. Pro Carton/ECMA Award
The annual Pro Carton/ECMA Award is one of the most distinguished awards in its category, and is now in its 16th year. The award honours packaging which has proven itself on the market. For the first time, the competition was open to all partners of the supply chain: cartonboard and carton manufacturers, designers, brand owners and the retail trade. The awards were presented on 20. September 2012 at the ECMA Congress in Copenhagen. The Carton of the Year award went to the champagne packaging Taittinger Rose Lens by Van Genechten.

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2013-01-14

Young and vibrant: Pro Carton Design Awards 2012

Young and vibrant: Pro Carton Design Awards 2012
The relaunch of the International Pro Carton Design Award after a break of four years proved highly successful. Nearly 70 entries from eight European countries showed significantly higher professionalism and fantastic, well-thought out concepts. The winners were two customer-oriented projects: "Pocket Aid", an innovative packaging for plasters, and "Cupholder" for use in cars.

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2013-01-14

Innovation and more: presentation of the 15. Pro Carton/ECMA Award

Innovation and more: presentation of the 15. Pro Carton/ECMA Award
A variety of innovations were the winners at the Pro Carton/ECMA Awards 2011 as part of the festive "Award Party“ of the International Pro Carton Congress in Düsseldorf. Three trends dominated: carton in place of other materials, packaging as a product and packaging on the Internet.

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2012-10-30

Strategic packaging with Packvertising

Strategic packaging with Packvertising
"Packaging needs to act as an advertising spot on the shelf, we therefore speak of Packvertising. 80 per cent of products in supermarkets are not supported by TV, posters or ads in terms of communication. This is where packaging has to provide the relevant and distinguishing rewards", says Dr. Christian Scheier, Managing Director, decode Marketingberatung. Pro Carton interviewed him.

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2012-08-29

The finalists of the Pro Carton/ECMA Award 2012!

The finalists of the Pro Carton/ECMA Award 2012!
We can already present the finalists of the 16. Pro Carton/ECMA Awards. This year was the first time that entries were not limited to members of Pro Carton but were open to everyone in the supply chain – designers, manufacturers, the trade and brand owners. As a result, the finalists include prominent participants such as the brand "Yes. Naturally" Green Packaging (REWE) and designers such as Bandke Consulting or the Agency Bamberg. The winners will be presented on 20 September at the ECMA-Congress in Copenhagen. Do you have a favourite?

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2012-04-27

Young and vibrant: Pro Carton Design Awards 2012

Young and vibrant: Pro Carton Design Awards 2012
The relaunch of the International Pro Carton Design Award after a break of four years proved highly successful. Nearly 70 entries from eight European countries showed significantly higher professionalism and fantastic, well-thought out concepts. The winners were two customer-oriented projects: "Pocket Aid", an innovative packaging for plasters, and "Cupholder" for use in cars.

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2012-03-26

Call for entries: Pro Carton/ECMA Award 2012

Call for entries: Pro Carton/ECMA Award 2012
New: as of now the Pro Carton/ECMA Award is open to all partners in the supply chain - entries from the cartonboard and carton industry, as well as designers, manufacturers of branded products and the retail trade are welcome. After all, each member of the supply chain adds its contribution to the design of successful packaging.

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2012-01-30

Last Call for Entries: 5. February 2012 closing date International Pro Carton Design Award 2012

Last Call for Entries: 5. February 2012 closing date International Pro Carton Design Award 2012
The International Pro Carton Design Award honours new, as yet not realised design ideas in cartonboard applications, and is open to students. Participation is free of charge. The official closing date is 5. February 2012 – anyone who has not quite completed his/her project can arrange for a brief time extension with Pro Carton.

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2011-12-21

A Fan of Cartons

A Fan of Cartons
Born in Sweden, he was, during almost 40 years, responsible for the development of creative design solution for strategic brands of Nestlé: Lars Wallentin. “For those of you who are afraid to design good packaging – this book was made to give you the courage”, he says. And, little to our surprise: he is a fan of cartonboard packaging.

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2011-09-29

Pro Carton/ECMA Award: the finalists

Pro Carton/ECMA Award: the finalists
The finalists of the Pro Carton/ECMA Awards were presented at the ECMA Congress on 16. September 2011 in Barcelona. This year – for the first time - Pro Carton has documented all finalists with photos, videos and background information extensively at www.procartonecmaaward.com.

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2011-08-01

Pro Carton/ECMA Award 2011: interest keeps growing

Pro Carton/ECMA Award 2011: interest keeps growing
In 2011, companies from 15 European countries participated in the Pro Carton/ECMA Awards. At 114 entries, the number of entered packaging concepts was the second highest ever. The finalists will be announced during the ECMA Congress in Barcelona from 14. - 17. September 2011, and together with the finalists, the winners will be honoured at the Pro Carton Congress in Düsseldorf in the spring of 2012.

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2011-08-01

ECMA-Guide to Good Manufacturing Practice for cartons packaging food

ECMA-Guide to Good Manufacturing Practice for cartons packaging food
ECMA (European Carton Makers Association) will launch a comprehensive Good Manufacturing Practice guide for cartons packaging food, at their Congress in Barcelona in September.

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2011-06-29

Packaging as a marketing instrument

Packaging as a marketing instrument
Legal requirements, globalisation, branding, information overload: in their latest book “Packaging Marketing“ Christina Vaih-Baur and Sonja Kastner clearly demonstrate that the role of packaging is increasing in importance for brand communication. For many manufacturers the fifth “P“ , equals packaging, is of the same significance as the four classic ”P’s“ : Product, Promotion, Price and Place. The advantages of cartonboard: feels good and is authentic.

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2011-05-31

Cartons – best of the show

Cartons – best of the show
In the past two years, cartons have climbed to the summit of the worldwide packaging design competition Pentawards and won the Diamond Pentawards in both years: in 2009 the highly attractive “Kleenex Slice of Summer” from the USA, and in 2010 the luxurious hairstyling series “Hoyu 3210” from Japan. The jury was particularly impressed by the sparing use of information to make the design even more convincing. This confirms Pro Carton’s postulate that cartonboard is the ideal basis for bringing the message to the consumers!

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2011-05-11

Young Design for a Sustainable Future

Young Design for a Sustainable Future
For the second time now, the Pro Carton/PPV AUSTRIA Design Award of the Austrian carton industry was presented as part of the Printissimo/Emballissimo gala event. As yet non-realised ideas by promising design students from Austrian design schools were shown under the motto “Young Design Stars“. The significant increase in entries has undoubtedly confirmed that the award has established its place in the world of design. The awards in the two categories went to Christian Lang (packaging) and Flora Hauser (other applications).

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2011-03-30

Fresh Design from Europe: International Pro Carton Design Award 2012

Fresh Design from Europe: International Pro Carton Design Award 2012
The International Pro Carton Design Award is an award for new, as yet unrealised design ideas in the field of carton applications and is directed at students. The aim of the award is to discover as yet unrealised solutions and ideas throughout Europe relating to the use of carton, to present these to the public, and maybe even realise them. The European competition takes place for the third time in 2012. And for the first time there will be no national preliminaries, there will be one Europe only, East and West. www.procartondesignaward.com

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2011-02-24

Brand design

Brand design
Roman Klis is one of Germany’s leading packaging designers. His observations on brand design and packaging trends are landmarks for the industry. The Roman Klis Design GmbH in Herrenberg / Germany employs a permanent staff of 60 plus 15 freelancers and creates somewhere between 2,000 and 2,500 packaging designs per annum. Here are some of the highlights from an interview given by Roman Klis to the journal “Markenartikel“.

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