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European Carton Excellence Awards 2021 - Winners Announced in Spectacular Fashion!

Pro Carton and ECMA jointly hosted the virtual Carton Awards E-vent 2021 where the winners of the European Carton Excellence Award, the Pro Carton Young Designers Award and the Pro Carton Student Video Award were announced.

The much coveted Carton of the Year was awarded to “Bodegas Balsamic” produced by Durero Packaging with board from Holmen Iggesund.  The Save the Planet award went to Graphic Packaging and BillerudKorsnäs for their PaperSeal® MAP Tray Burger Solution and the Innovation Award was won by Cardbox Packaging and Stora Enso for their ecological, plastic-free “Karlo Spoon”.  The public voted for their favourite from 23 shortlisted entries and the Award was won by Westrock for their Smarties Giant Hexatube on board from Metsä. The winners of all categories plus the 5 Platinum and 6 Gold Award winners can be viewed here.

The Pro Carton Young Designers Award competition proved to be a great distraction for students during lockdown with a record 643 entries being received.  Five lucky winners from the UK, Lapland, Spain, Germany and Norway took the top Awards and win a trip to Austria to visit MM Board & Paper and Mayr Melnhof Packaging. The Pro Carton Student Video Award 2021 was shared by three winners, each of whom take home €2,000.

If you missed the Carton Awards E-vent, you can catch up with all the announcements, pictures and videos here.


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