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Gold inpackaging innovation for IVD breakthrough ACU-Drop II

The Silver went to the Combo Excelsior, a multiple-use container with many new innovative features.

The 29th edition of packaging innovation competition De Gouden Noot was won by ACU-Drop II, a unique, patented packaging form that revolutionises quality control in the In Vitro Diagnose (IVD) market. The innovative, dual chambered device keeps various fractions separated, preventing reactions between components of the desired matrix. When ready, the user simply pushes a button to allow the fractions to combine. Then mix with the integrated “static stirrer” and the sample is ready to use, either from the built-in dropper bottle or by attaching a syringe. ACU-Drop II will open doors in the quality control arena with its ease of use, elimination of the need for pipetting and by solving matrix interactions – all in a single container.

Winning business combination Verhoeven Ontwerpburo and Eurotrol received the winner’s trophy containing the well-known solid gold walnut during the Award Ceremony on 22 November 2018 in the A’DAM Tower Amsterdam. Master of ceremony was Francesca Vanthielen.

The Silver went to the Combo Excelsior, a multiple-use container with many new innovative features. The elements used (walls, base, lid) have a superior strength/volume ratio. The floating hinges, ergonomic sidewall latches and self-locking lid provide easy and safe operation with minimal risk of damage to the product or the operator. And thanks to its modular construction, all individual parts can be easily replaced in the field, further extending the life of the product, says Silver winner Schoeller Allibert.

The Bronze was for Arcwise, a patented alternative way to produce corrugated board. The end result is a corrugated board that is easy to bend, in a way that even, “fluent” (not kinked) round shapes can now be made of corrugated board without any problems. Arcwise is predestined because of its application possibilities to be combined with round shapes such as bottles, tubes and cans, and to be able to realise beautiful round shapes in displays. This from a threefold point of view: round shapes are significantly stronger than square shapes, in addition, the Arcwise corrugated board uses less material, so your carbon footprint is smaller and, finally, consumers rate round shapes more positively than square shapes, which can boost sales, according to the Bronze winning Brohl Wellpappe.

With De Gouden Noot, NVC Netherlands Packaging Centre stimulates ground breaking packaging innovations worldwide every two years. De Gouden Noot (‘gold walnut’) owes its name to the unique trophy containing a solid gold walnut, symbol of truly ‘holistic’ innovative packaging.

Jury chairman Professor Renee Wever comments, “It is incredibly inspiring to experience how much creativity and innovative power there is in all the entries and of course especially in the ten Finalists we chose after our first jury round – which took two full days. Each entry had a surprising aspect, each with its own ‘angle’ to solve a problem or seize an opportunity.”

The winners of Gold, Silver and Bronze as well as the other seven Finalists of the 29th edition of De Gouden Noot were on display in the Creative Lounge at the ALL4PACK packaging exhibition in Paris from 26-29 November 2018.

The ten Finalists of this 30th edition will be on display at the NVC booth at the interpack2020 in Düsseldorf, Germany and on the NVC website after the first jury round. The Award Ceremony of the 30th edition of De Gouden Noot is 8 October 2020, again in the A’DAM Tower Amsterdam.

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