ALUMINIUM bottles from Exal Corporation, which use new 'Coil to Can' (C2C) technology that makes them a new mainstream packaging option for beverage marketers, is one of the Diamond Winners at the 2010 DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation. It shares the award for Excellence in Innovation, Cost/Waste Reduction and Sustainability with an innovative packaging system that enables safer transport of medical supplies from Entropy Solutions, Inc. (USA). Diamond Award winners are those determined to demonstrate excellence in innovation, sustainability and cost/waste reduction by the judges, comprised of global packaging executives, industry experts and consultants, and industrial designers. This year 160 entries from around the world competed. "This year we focused the DuPont Awards program on the essential elements needed to drive breakthroughs in packaging. Innovative new developments, along with cost/waste reduction and improved sustainability, are what packaged goods companies and retailers are seeking to respond to consumer needs," said Carolann Haznedar, global business and market director, DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers at a webcast announcing the award winners. "These winners demonstrate the kind of collaborative innovation that is needed to solve such multi-dimensional problems." Exal's manufacturing technology features recyclable aluminium alloy and allows marketers to consider aluminium bottles for large-scale beverage applications for the first time. The hybrid process - it combines the manufacturing speed and lightweight of standard drawn & ironed aluminium beverage can technology with dynamic shaping technology that at one time was only available with heavier walled extruded aluminium containers - marries the speed and light weighting of standard beverage can manufacture with proprietary shaping technology, to create highly stylised bottle design options. C2C aluminium bottles are made from 3000 series aluminium alloy, which typically has a post consumer content of 45 to 55 per cent, manufactured at faster speeds to enable a 40 per cent weight reduction at a cost comparable to PET and/or glass. Exal first commercialised its the technology in 2008 with the production of aluminium bottles made from Alcoa bottlestock sheet for ESKA Still and Sparkling Water of Canada. This launch was followed by Coca-Cola for several of its Coke soft drink brands. "We are very pleased to be recognised with the DuPont Packaging Awards' highest honour for our commitment to innovation, sustainability and cost improvement. It is a testament to the power of the true partnership we have with Alcoa. We are particularly proud of the creative, committed, hardworking 'Coil to Can' operations team at Exal that made the lightweight bottle a commercial reality," said Edward B. Martin, Exal business development director. Five get the 'Gold' This year's winners in the 22nd DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation also included the first fully compostable snack bag from Frito Lay and new PET bottles from Coca-Cola that incorporate plant-based renewable polymer, which were amongst five Gold Winners for 'Innovation and Sustainability or Innovation and Cost/ Waste Reduction'.
"These winners demonstrate that collaborative innovation has no boundaries. It crosses disciplines, markets and geographies," said William J. Harvey, president, DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers. "The collective ingenuity of these business partnerships has yielded innovative new solutions that address pressing consumer needs." Frito-Lay North America, a division of PepsiCo, overcame significant technical hurdles to develop the world's first fully compostable packaging that reduces the environmental impact of its 'Sunchips' brand. To achieve compostability of the three-part packaging structure whilst providing maximum product protectioNike Air Max