Stockholm (Sweden), December 2010 The 2010 edition of WorldStar, the most important packaging award in the world, organized by WPO (World Packaging Organization), brought in 278 entries from 30 countries from around the world - 47 from India, 37 from Japan, 33 from Turkey, 29 from China, 18 from Mexico, 12 from the USA, 10 from France, 10 from Germany, 9 from Hungary, 9 from Spain, 7 from the Czech Republic, 7 from Switzerland, 6 from Singapore, 5 from Brazil, 5 from Russia, 4 from Ukraine, 4 from Poland, 4 from Israel, 4 from Slovakia, 3 from the UK, 3 from the Netherlands, 2 from Austria, 2 from Norway, 2 from Thailand; Belgium, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, Latvia and Sri Lanka had one entry each.
The projects were judged by 24 jury members (from 20 countries), including an IPPO (International Packaging Press Organization) member, in two stages. Entries accepted until August 20th were judged in Istanbul, on September 15th, during the second WPO annual meeting. Entries that came in September until October 15th were judged by the same jury in a new innovative online process that took place at the end of October. The WorldStar results were announced in November and the winners will be honoured in a ceremony during Interpack, in Düsseldorf, May 17, 2011. 135 WorldStars were awarded and the top three countries taking awards are India with 20 winners, Turkey and Japan with 15 winners each.
The Sustainability Award is proving to be successful as there were over 40 entries for this special category. In its 4th edition there were chosen four companies/projects: Fosfa akciová spolecnost (Czech Republic) - The Feel Eco Washing Powder; Greenpac (Singapore) - Environmentally Friendly, Sustainable, Collapsible & Returnable Packaging; Kirin Beverage Company (Japan) – Pecology Bottle; and DS Smith Speciality Packaging (UK) - Vitacress Transit Case. Thomas Schneider, WPO Vice President and member through IoPP (Institute of Packaging Professional – US), will present the awards at the WorldStar Award Ceremony.
There are five nominations for the special category President’s Award, two from France, one from Slovakia, one from Ukraine and one from UK. The three winners selected by the WPO President will be also announced just in the Ceremony. The complete list with all WorldStar 2010 winners is posted on the website at www.worldpackaging.org and www.worldstar.org as will the pack pictures.
Regarding WPO WorldStar Student 2010 International Packaging Design Competition there were 178 entries from 12 countries around the world. Out of these, 125 were selected as WorldStar Student 2010 winners by the jury, including 3 WorldStar Student winners, 10 Honorable Mention winners and 112 Certificate of Recognition winners.
This year’s WorldStar Student jury meeting was held on October 20th in Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, hosted by China National Export Commodities Packaging Research Institute (CEPI). The jury consisted of three representatives from WPO, one representative from International Council Societies of Graphic Design (Icograda) and three local representatives from China.
The three winners of WorldStar Student 2010 are:
· Blair Wightman, United Kingdom - Japanese Food to Go
· Bárbara Gomes de Lima Moreira, Brazil - Packaging for Dishes
· Liu Yonghan / Li Aili, China - Cold Heart Particles
According to Ken Gruhl, a participant of WorldStar Student from Michigan State University Alumni, “entering in the Student WorldStar competition for two years was a highlight of my college learning experience. This competition provided an outlet to combine knowledge from all of my packaging courses, and deliver an end product that I was proud of. The recognition received on a global level has provided a great boost to my resume and portfolio. My participation in the Student WorldStar competition has often come up in job interviews and helps employers understand my thought processes when developing packaging systems. I highly recommend entering this packaging competition for the learning and benefits provided”.
The full list of WorldStar Student winners is available at http://www.worldpackaging.org and also at http://www.cepi-china.com/worldstarstudent2010.htm. The three WorldStar Student 2010 winners have been awarded at the Award Ceremony for the WorldStar Student2010 winners in connection with International Packaging Design Forum in Chengdu, China, in December 2010. For further information, please contact. Zhang Xian, from CEPI, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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