Essel Propack has won the prestigious IMC Ramakrishna Bajaj National Quality (RBNQA) Performance Excellence Trophy 2015 for its manufacturing unit in Goa. Modelled on the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (USA), the IMC RBNQA is one of India’s highest awards for quality in the manufacturing sector. IMC Ramkrishna Bajaj National Quality Award (IMC RBNQA) Trust is a joint initiative of Indian Merchants’ Chamber and House of Bajaj.
Mumbai-based Genius Flexo Machinery specializes in providing wide ranging, world-class solutions to packaging and label industries. In India it represents six leading brands namely MPS, Raantec, EyeC, Koecher-Beck, Pamarco Global Graphics and Codimag. The Netherland-based MPS Systems is a well-known and high-quality brand of flexo and offset press solutions for label and flexible packaging printers. Germany’s Raantec makes plate mounting solutions. EyeC, which is also based in Germany, makes inspection systems. Another German brand, Kocher-Beck, is a leader in rotary diecutting technology and label printing, envelope manufacturing, sheetfed and reel-to-reel offset printing industries.
At drupa 2016, Taiwan-based Paktek, a manufacturer of auto folder-gluers, auto flute laminators and flattening and slicing machines promoted its KS-1600M folder-gluer. Amy Chan of Paktek said, “The KS-1600M offers a cost-effective solution to make big cartons with the existing line of converting equipment. The investment includes the package cost of the integrated 2-gun cold and 2-gun hot melt gluing injection system. This is a machine which can take less space and produce more for the customer with less wastage.”
As president of the international jury, more than 1,500 creations competing for each annual award pass through my hands. And the same goes for every year. I’ve no idea what they add up to. The global success of the Pentawards, founded 10 years ago by the designers Brigitte and Jean Jacques Evrard, is absolutely awe-inspiring. It is tempting to try to learn something from the awards list, even though packaging design is constantly on the move. It is especially tempting to wonder how creatives across the world approach the process of innovation. To be sure, trends appear and regional tendencies emerge; indeed, local quirks become ingrained with the passage of time. So much so that some members of the jury can identify the packaging’s country of origin at the fi rst glance—and they are seldom wrong. Let’s face it: although it is true that national culture has its effect on the creation of products and their packaging, especially in the realm of food, it is no less true that designers, whether from north or south, east or west, rely on the same methods when it comes to innovation.