World Aluminium Aerosol Can Award 2021 winners revealed

The International Aluminium Organisation of Aerosol Container Manufacturers (AEROBAL) has revealed the winners of the World Aluminium Aerosol Can Award 2021.

Gregor Spengler, AEROBAL’s secretary-general, said he was pleased to find that, despite the pandemic, the ‘innovative strength’ of the industry had not diminished at all.

The members of the international jury also witnessed this achievement. Nine journalists from globally recognised packaging and aerosol industry magazines chose the award winners for 2021.

Winner: aerosol can already on the market

As this year’s winner in the category of aluminium aerosol cans already on the market, the jury chose cans manufactured by Trivium Packaging Argentina for Cocinero Fritolim Oliva and Clasico. Cocinero Fritolim Oliva is an edible oil spray that aims to offer health-conscious customers both quality and controlled portioning. The spray gives consumers who want to take in fewer calories more control over the distribution and application of the oil.

The product comes in three different flavours: Clasico, Oliva and Butter. For each variant, an ‘exemplary’ design concept highlights and emphasises the product’s iconic brand image. The packaging features a man in an apron and a chef’s hat, smiling at the consumer. Eye contact involuntarily engages the viewer’s attention.

Winner - prototype

The winners in AEROBAL’s prototype category were two aluminium cans – Save the Earth and The Matrix, intended for self-marketing purposes, manufactured by US company CCL Container. The manufacturer worked with Sun Chemical to develop these attractive aluminium cans with their unique novel spot varnish ink technology. CCL was, therefore, responding to strong interest on the part of its clients for the new printing option and their desire for new ways to design aluminium cans. The strong contrast in visual perception between the matt and glossy areas fascinates at first sight and ensures an outstanding presence on the shelf.

A special feature of this promising printing technology also presents a unique challenge: it no longer uses a traditional varnish in the conventional sense. Instead, it is integrated into the printing ink as an additive and then develops its function. Deformation of the can would be extremely difficult without a varnish, said AEROBAL, whether of the traditional type or as an additive in the printing ink. The varnish also protects the can from scratching, chipping of the ink, abrasions and other signs of wear. This successful and ‘fascinating’ appearance of these two award-winning prototypes gives an idea of the opportunities made possible by this technology: eye-catching aluminium cans that optimise the glamorous appearance of products and brands via their spectacular design.

Winner - sustainability

In the sustainability category, the aluminium can from Cien Duo, produced by German manufacturer Tubex, was the winner. The winning can is the first aluminium aerosol can printed with an eco-friendly, sustainable printing ink. The ink is free of mineral, palm, soybean or coconut oils, and contributes to the protection of the rainforests. In addition to the environmental performance of the printing ink, the winning can also offers a range of other positive features and eco-friendly properties. These include a patented alloy that leads to a further weight reduction of 6% compared to the can used previously. Moreover, the use and processing of aluminium packaging from the yellow bag or yellow bin system allows the integration of 25% certified post-consumer recycled material in the can. A water-based coating lacquer also reduces the use of solvents by 60%.

“The issue of sustainability continues to play the central role in the aluminium aerosol can industry and, of course, in packaging in general,” said Spengler.

“It’s remarkable and satisfying to see that even in times of crisis, the efforts and investments of our member companies have not diminished at all when it comes to sustainable concepts.

“Looking at this year’s competition, it rather seems to be the case that our industry is once again stepping up its efforts to create eco-friendly and environmentally compatible packaging solutions

“But that’s not all. The World Aluminium Aerosol Can Award 2021 has also produced impressive and ground-breaking ideas in printing, decoration, and finishing that will open up additional opportunities for designers and marketing specialists and further boost the role of the aluminium aerosol can in global packaging markets.”

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