India and Austria share 11 awards each

WorldStar Awards 2018


Quite a few Indian companies grabbed accolades at the recently concluded illustrious packaging awards show—the WorldStar Awards. The awards show is one of the key events of the World Packaging Organisation (WPO). WorldStar is the main source of revenue for WPO and the success of the event plays a vital role in financing WPO’s global packaging training programs.

WorldStar throws light on the state of packaging design and technology, and winning entries instantiate the innovation that is changing the face of the global packaging industry.
In the month of November, scores of representatives from around 16 packaging associations and members of WPO judged a total of 318 entries from 38 nations. The judging was a part of the 99th WPO Board Meeting and was hosted by ABRE – Brazilian Packaging Association. Entries from winners of national and multi-national competitions, recognized by WPO, were selected for the awards.

Japan bagged the highest number of awards (26), followed by China (13), India and Austria, winning 11 awards each. Among the Indian winners, Huhtamaki PPL and ITC Packaging & Printing shared two awards each while ITC Limited, Kanodia Technoplast, Mondelez India, Cholayil, Sun Pharmaceuticals, Asian Paints and General Mills India received one award each.

All the winners will be recognized in an awards ceremony and gala evening on 2 May 2018 at Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.


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