The International Organisation of Aluminium Aerosol Container Manufacturers (AEROBAL) has announced the winners of its 2019 World Aluminium Aerosol Can Awards. The panel, formed of ten specialist journalists, chose a winner in two categories: cans already on the market and prototypes.
The winner in the category of aluminium cans already on the market was Coombs Family Farms Maple Stream, produced by Montebello Packaging of Canada. The 207ml can has a special shoulder shape designed for easy handling, and was produced with a white base coating in dry offset printed graphics with a gloss varnish. According to AEROBAL, the product convinced the judges with its ‘extraordinary print quality’.
US manufacturer Ball Corporation won the coveted award in the prototype category with its innovative 360o technology. Ball’s aluminium can enables various shapes to be created over the circumference of the can. AEROBAL commented that the technology is not restricted to stock shapes, but can still produce the ‘proprietary shapes’ that the customer wants. The organisation added: “It results in a can with a strong appearance when viewed from every angle and perspective. At the same time, the shape gives added grip and is thus a user-friendly ergonomic plus.”
“Year after year, the AEROBAL competition is the benchmark for the innovative strength of the industry and a reliable indicator of new trends and ideas,” said AEROBAL president Leopold Werdich.
“In recent years, solutions for reducing the weight of cans, breathtaking new shapes and printing techniques with photorealistic print images or fascinating tactile effects have been awarded prizes. Our competition has thus paved the way for many new ideas and improvements to make it to the markets.”
AEROBAL secretary-general Gregor Spengler added: “Our Aluminium Aerosol Can Award once again demonstrates our industry’s high level of performance and the creative potential of our member companies. At the same time, the competition also reflects the wealth of benefits that aluminium aerosol cans have to offer over other comparable packaging materials.”