29 innovative packaging designs were awarded at the Singapore packaging Star Awards 2019 on 16 August 2019 at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel. Organised by the Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF)’s Industry Group, the Packaging Council of Singapore, this award ceremony was graced by Guest of Honour, Mr Edwin Tong, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Law & Ministry of Health.
This year, out of 29 awardees, 20 students from different institutes of higher learning were awarded for their packaging designs. Out of these 20 students, three of the students from Ngee Ann Polytechnic went on to represent Singapore on a regional stage, winning the AsiaStar Awards in the process. By giving a total makeover to cereal boxes, teabag storage and MAGGI® Packaging, they gave products a breath of fresh air and provided more thoughts to keeping the products fresher and longer.
In the commercial category, two companies received three awards during the ceremony – the Singapore Packaging Star Awards, AsiaStar Awards, and the WorldStar Awards. Magna International Pte Ltd, who won in the Commercial Environmental Sustainable Packaging Category, has designed a pouch made of mineral stone that will eliminate the use of conventional anti-corrosion hazardous oil or solvent coatings for all metal substrates against corrosion during storage or shipping. As for Packaging HUB (S) Pte Ltd, who won in the Commercial Sales & Display Category, has designed an ornately designed chocolate box with 3D art to provide a unique selling point for the product.
Packaging Hub (S) Pte Ltd received three awards from Mr Edwin Ton in the Commercial Sales & Display Category – Singapore Packaging Star Award, AsiaStar Award, and WorldStar Award.
Magna International Pte Ltd received three awards from Mr Edwin Tong in the Commercial Environmental Sustainable Packaging Category – Singapore Packaging Star Award, AsiaStar Award, and WorldStar Award.
In line with this year’s national day rally’s message on a “zero-waste” nation, the messages from all the speakers at the ceremony focused on how packaging can be sustainable so that the next generation can have a greener future.
Ms Betty Tan, Chairperson of the SMF’s PCS Industry Group said during her welcome address, “In recent times, as environmental concerns resonate globally, reducing waste is a top priority for the PCS. I firmly believe that we must plan for and leave a good place for our next generation and the next. Thus, we must start now and educate our next generation on the importance of protecting our environment.”
Mr Douglas Foo, President of the SMF, said during his opening address, “Our work is not done yet. Before we hand over the torch fully to our young, we must continue to instill in our youths the importance of packaging and the use of sustainable materials. The future belongs to the next generation. The youths of today must take charge to secure a greener future.”
Mr Edwin Tong, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Law & Ministry of Health, said during his keynote address, “I would like to encourage the industry to further explore the use of sustainable materials in packaging. While sustainable packaging may seem to be an additional expense for businesses, we need to understand that conventional packaging materials can be resource-intensive and wasteful. In contrast, sustainable packaging maximises the use of recycled materials and low-impact production processes, thereby conserving raw materials, which in turn preserves precious natural resources for our future generation.”
The Singapore Packaging Star Awards is a prestigious national award that honours companies and students for their innovative and creative packaging designs and material use. The Award has four categories – Commercial Sales & Display, Commercial Environmental Sustainable Packaging, Commercial Transportation & Protection, and Student Sales & Display category. Winners of the Singapore Packaging Star Awards will have the opportunity to gain regional and international acclaim as they will be eligible to compete in the AsiaStar Awards and WorldStar Awards.