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World: Nampak wins three WorldStar awards for packaging solutions


Nampak has won awards for the Poltek live bird crate, Easy open easy pour Castle Lite can and Cadbury re-sealable chocolate packaging at the WorldStar packaging awards held by the World Packaging Organisation.

Crate for poultry

Nampak Megapak, Africa’s leading manufacturer of plastic trays, crates and drums won a WorldStar Award for their improved version of the live bird crate designed and manufactured for Poltek, a supplier and manufacturer of poultry equipment in South Africa.

The re-designed crate is simpler, lighter, more space efficient and environmentally friendly, as well as being designed to take the best possible care of the birds during transportation.

Using computer modelling and performance analysis, Megapak and Nampak research and development developed an improved version of this 30 year old product, delivering huge financial, logistical, functional and environmental benefits.

The crate holds eight market weight (1.8kg) chickens.

The patented nesting design allows 2500 new crates to be packed into a 40 foot container compared to 500 old crates giving five times better space utilization, reducing both transport costs and carbon footprint for transport by 80%.

The new crate (32% lighter than the old crate), requires less resin and energy to produce contributing even further to a reduced carbon footprint.

The required strength for the new crate is achieved through designing for flexibility rather than rigidity.

The new live bird crate has a stacking top load physically tested at 500 kg before any deformation starts, with stacking top load peaking out at 800kg.

All parts are made from the 100% recyclable high-density polyethylene.

Re-sealable chocolate packaging

Nampak Flexible won the WorldStar award for their re-sealable chocolate packaging for Mondelez’s Cadbury Dairy Milk slabs.

The cold seal application along the fin of the tablet allows the pack to be re-closed throughout.

The off-set fin ensures the consumer knows where and how to open and re-seal, without tearing the material.

This innovation is in line with current local and global trends in the market, indicating that consumers are constantly seeking new experiences beyond the product.

Castle Lite can

Nampak Bevcan won the WorldStar award for their new cold rush, easy flow can developed for Castle Lite.

Over and above the attractive blue internal lining and the thermochromic, temperature sensitive icon enhancing the design; it now has a cold rush, easy flow aperture.

The new lift-and-twist, “easy pour” end was developed by Crown, Nampak Bevcan’s technical licence partner and specialized tooling was supplied by Stolle.

The opening of the can has an extended score line on the left side of the rivet that allows for a wider opening allowing air to escape and for the contents of the can to flow out faster and more smoothly – whether being poured or sipped.

The easy-pour end is an innovative first in South Africa, providing a new experience in the opening ritual which is elevated from a simple “pull tab” action to the “flip, twist and flow” movement.

Once open and ready for consumption, the Castle Lite beer flows smoothly and easily.