AR Packaging won three Pro Carton ECMA awards In 2015, AR Packaging won three prestigious awards from the Pro Carton ECMA (the European Carton Makers Associations). The awards jury comprises brand owners – customers of AR Packaging and other players in the packaging industry. As the first company ever, AR Packaging won three awards with three different packaging solutions in three categories. All of the solutions were designed by different local development departments with the strong support of Sebastian Eckert, Group Innovation Manager. “The final packaging solution, which combines the various aspects of expertise, such as structural design, printing, finishing and filling technologies on the customer side, and thereby builds the perfect combination of award-winning packaging.” Sebastian Eckert added: “You need to have good ideas for the packaging to match the needs of the product, the customer, the environment and the machines; this is our challenge in creating new packs for the market. And we face up to this challenge every day.” Winner Sustainability AR Packaging developed a new sustainable packaging for Fazer Mill & Mixes. The solution has no annoying inner plastic bag which improves consumer convenience and the product’s value appeal. The resealability of the packaging has been resolved in an elegant way: simply press the corner and the pack is closed. The new gable shape distinguishes the product from the competitors’ flat pack tops. The high carton board ratio makes the packaging highly suitable for recycling. Winner Confectionery This packaging for the Swiss chocolate maker Kägi Söhne has unusual shapes and certainly stands out on the shelves. It is premium packaging suitable for gifts. The diamond-shaped pack has many surfaces for brand exposure without creating a lot of volume. The opening and closing on the top of the packaging allow easy access to the chocolate bars. The premium image was created without foil finishing, meaning that the packaging solution is 100% carton board and offers good sustainability. Winner Non-food AR Packaging developed a high-end slide packaging for one of its tobacco customers, which had special requirements. It was to be a playful pack with a “wow”-sensation. Matt and glossy varnishes, as well as UV varnish and embossing, are used to achieve an elegant finish. The packaging also has a sophisticated sliding mechanism for opening and re-closing, which truly creates a wow effect. AR Packaging has also managed to develop a packaging solution with good stability with high processing speeds in the filling lines, which is important for cigarette packaging.