This year’s Institute of Packaging SA (IPSA) Gold Pack Awards presentation, which will be held on 22 November, is designed to showcase the best of the South African packaging industry. Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the top three winners in each of the various categories. All entries that achieve finalist status and medal winners qualify for entry into the international WPO WorldStar Awards.
The judges comprise a panel of experienced individuals with a range of packaging knowledge. They seek out excellent applications and executions of anything that may involve new, innovative or creative design, marketing or technology applied to packaging in South Africa. They take into account the imported technology, components and constituents. Additionally, they look for specific South African input in the creation of excellent packaging. The critical qualification for entry is that the packaging needs to have been converted in South Africa. Anyone may enter a pack, however, in all cases, the converter and the brand owner must co-approve the entry form.
A total of 59 finalists were selected for this year’s awards. From these finalists, 16 gold, seven silver and 10 bronze medals will be awarded. Other finalists will receive medals to acknowledge excellent entries of world-class standards. There will be two new awards handed out: the ‘Star of Africa’ medal will be awarded to the best entry received of a pack converted in Africa, but outside of South Africa and the ‘South African Packaging Legend’ will be announced. This award will be given to an entry selected by IPSA members as an iconic pack or for having a significant impact on the South African market.
The event will be hosted at the Inanda Club Polo Room in Sandton, Johannesburg.