The industry’s latest innovations are presented each year at the EUROSAC Grand Prix Award ceremony during the annual congress. The main criterion of the competition is that the sack or bag innovations must add value to our industry in terms of sustainable developments, bio-barriers, special features, etc.
The industry honoured innovations on barriers/bio-barriers and towards even more sustainability. “Once again, this year’s entries showed us how much potential and innovative strength our industry has – not only for today but also for the future,” said jury president Matthias Becker-Gröning when opening the award ceremony. “With eight exciting submissions, the decision was not easy for me and my jury colleagues.” As a “real game changer that increases the use of paper,” the jury selected the EcoWicketBag by Mondi for the Gold Award. “This development can be implemented very quickly and responds to our industry’s objectives to produce more environmentally friendly bags,” explained Becker-Gröning about the jury’s choice. Furthermore, the jury assigned an Industry Special Award for an invention which benefited the whole industry.
EUROSAC introduced gold, silver and bronze categories and a public choice Grand Prix award for the first time. The jury was particularly impressed with the wide range of the innovations submitted – services, raw materials and paper sack products. It chose the “secure-seal” carrier bag for food deliveries from Smith Anderson as the gold winner. “The best innovations are those that meet a particular need and offer value to the user,” explained jury president Mark van der Merwe the jury’s decision. “The seal technology from Smith Anderson met the user’s need for security and reuse in a simple and innovative way without negatively impacting the aesthetic aspects of the packaging. It is also fully recyclable and biodegradable, fitting neatly with current end-of-life and sustainability requirements.”
Among five great innovations, Mondi was awarded the EUROSAC Grand Prix 2018 trophy for its sustainable packaging solution “MailerBAG” for courier express shipments. “It brings a positive effect to many people and, at the same time, demonstrates the further potential of industrial bags,” explained jury president Mikko Rautiainen.
Grand Prix 2017
The German company dy-pack scored a hat trick with its new dy-vest concept and was successful against the entries of BillerudKorsnäs with RainSafe, a three-ply sack withstanding at least four hours of rain and Mimcord with the Multiply-Cord Handle for paper carrier bag produced from 100% kraft FSC or PEFC-certified paper.
Grand Prix 2016
The five entries demonstrated the creativity with which the industry develops revolutionary sack solutions and marketing approaches. Runner-ups were Gascogne Sacs with Hybris® range, a traditional paper sack with a plastic appearance on the outside improving the printing as well as the mechanical and conservation performances. The iFoodbag® by Mondi Industrial Bags made from a revolutionary paper-based composite material able to maintain the temperature of chilled and frozen goods for up to 24 hours. A second entry by Mondi Industrial Bags with the Protector Bag to protect bulky goods during transport in an efficient, environmentally friendly and cost-effective way. And with its QuickFill Clean concept, BillerudKorsnäs introduced a two-ply high-grammage dust-free cement sack.
The entries showed the dynamism of the paper sack industry in developing sustainable paper packaging solutions to meet specific customer demands. Runner-ups were Mondi with its water-resistant, paper-based HYBRIDPRO sack for building materials providing long-lasting protection from rain and a prolonged shelf life. And with its Window Bag, Saccarta introduced a high-porosity paper sack for animal feed containing a window made of plastic to see inside.