DuPont announces 2015 Packaging Innovation Award winners

Kübox easy crating system offers paper-based alternative to traditional wooden crates or plastic cases, with half the weight of wood and compression strength of more than 5,000 pounds.

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DuPont has announced the six gold and seven silver winners of the annual Packaging Innovation Awards.

The Kübox easy crating system was honored for excellence in responsible transportation packaging. The product is intended to make parcel and freight shipping more sustainable using a paper-based crate with half the weight of wood.

Featuring a compression strength of more than 5,000 pounds, the Kübox can be safely assembled or disassembled without tools and can be shipped and stored flat, saving on space, labor, and transportation costs.

The strength and durability of the Kübox ensure that the contents, from gallery artwork to aircraft engines, stay safe throughout delivery. After delivery, the Kübox can be reused in a variety of ways, most often as furniture and storage by consumers and for repetitive, out-and-back shipments by businesses.

The Flex SafePack by UFLEX Ltd. also received a silver award for its moisture-proof bag designed to protect product in the the cement industry’s supply chain.

Honored for excellence in technological advancement, the India-based company serves the cement industry, which in India is the fourth largest in the world. However, more than 3% of the cement produced is lost in the supply chain. This loss is largely attributed to the cement bags being stored in open environments across the supply chain, making them vulnerable to damages caused due to exposure of cement bags to rain, unpredictable outdoor conditions and extreme climates.

The Flex SafePack is provides a barrier to moisture from entering the bag, helping the cement maintain its full functionality over an extended period of shelf life.

In developing the SafePack, UFLEX had to address two conflicting requirements: providing de-airation holes required for air to escape during filling and prohibiting moisture from entering into the bags during transportation. UFLEX was able to achieve this challenge through optimized nano-embossing over a flexible extrusion layer. This technological achievement also allows high definition graphics of up to 10 color printing, giving a premium look to a commodity product.

Click here for a full list of winners.


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