Innovation wins at Aerobal aerosol awards

The winners of Aerobal’s World Aluminium Aerosol Can Award 2018 have been announced.

The Aerobal competition is regarded as a yardstick for innovation in the sector, highlighting the latest trends and ideas. Nine judges from packaging journals and media from around the globe selected the best entries in two categories: cans already on the market and prototype cans.

Nivea Body Mousse from Beiersdorf won the category for a can that is already on the market. Produced by German manufacturer Tubex, it impressed the judges in every respect.

The can’s shape was produced using ‘spline’ technology which uses small steps to create the fine transitions. The judges said the printing was of “outstanding” quality to achieve a perfectly round logo and the subtle transition-free gradient effect is a “masterly achievement”. They added: “Together with the characteristic shape of the can, this gives the product and the brand a distinctive and impressive overall appearance at the point of sale.”

In the prototypes category, the judges awarded first place to the Eyeris Fox Can from Ball UK. The Eyeris technologyenables cans to be printed with photorealistic elements including faces, human skin and other complex and richly detailed surfaces, like those of plants, fruit, flowers and of course, animal motifs – as the winning Fox Can demonstrates.

Eyeris uses a patented process for artwork separation and printing-plate manufacture, which achieves a print quality of 150 to 200 dpi compared with the 133 dpi of conventional printing processes. Eyeris enables up to nine colours to be used without having to make large investments in new printing machinery.

Aerobal’s Secretary General, Gregor Spengler, was extremely pleased with the high quality standard of this year’s entries: “The good market development at the moment, with growth of almost five per cent in the first half of the year, is also attributable in part to our members’ continuing willingness to innovate, which the results of this year’s competition demonstrate. Time and time again, the most advanced forming techniques allow to produce interesting new shapes; and optimised and perfected printing processes are now being used to obtain fantastic creative elements and designs.”

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