Worldstar Winners 2018 - Lifetime Achievement in Packaging Award

Company: 
VPZ Verpackungszentrum GmbH
Country: 
Austria
Name of recipient: 
Helmut Meininger
Personal award category: 
Lifetime Achievement in Packaging Award
“Success for me, means to achieve the highest benefit for as many people as possible and to secure the fundamental resources for future generations as well. Because the highest benefit for all is at the same time the greatest personal success. It is an honour and a privilege to receive this prestigious award.” “We want to become specialists in a new kind of packaging. Our materials shall be sourced from nature,” noted Helmut Meininger on 15th July, 1991. Three years later, motivated by the algae plague in the Adriatic Sea, the VPZ launched their first research project, “Alginsulate Foam”, in association with Graz University of Technology. This was 3 years before the first major garbage patch was discovered in the Pacific. VPZ was founded by Helmut Meininger and his daughter, Susanne, in 1982, as a company specialised in packaging solutions for the food industry. As Susanne took over the reins in 1988, the company began to focus on biogenic packaging. Meininger wanted to counteract the soar in packaging resulting from a throwaway society. Born in 1940, he used to collect scrap iron as a child so that he could turn some of his childhood dreams into reality – making his own table tennis bat, for example. Today, VPZ is recognised as a pioneer in green packaging. The last two decades have seen the launch of two additional research projects: “Organic plastic from agricultural waste” and “Net packaging made from natural fibres”. VPZ works on these projects in close collaboration with universities, engineers and designers. The company achieved a market breakthrough at the Austrian REWE supermarket chain in 2013 with their Packnatur® cellulose net packaging made from Lenzing Modal®. The packaging has since been adopted by all leading supermarket chains throughout Austria for their organic fruit and vegetables and is now expanding on international scale in Switzerland, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Belgium, Great Britain, Germany, Latvia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Italy and Spain. A world first which has already been awarded numerous international prizes. Recently reusable cellulose net bags as alternative to LDPE plastic bags were launched in the fruit and vegetable section of COOP, Switzerland.
Country: 
Hungary
Name of recipient: 
Miklos Galli
Personal award category: 
Lifetime Achievement in Packaging Award
In his professional career, which started in 1971, Miklós Galli was working in different management positions in the containerboard and corrugated board industry. It is a tribute to Miklós Galli, the professional manager, that Dunapack Inc., a joint venture between the state owned Papíripari Vállalat (Paper Industry Company) and the Austrian Prinzhorn Group, was transformed into a company that managed to retain its position as market leader under market conditions and became Hungary’s premier packaging material manufacturer not just from an engineering-technological perspective but also through its HR activities. Recognising his qualities, the owner of the Prinzhorn Group entrusted Miklós Galli as leader of the Packaging Division of the group to expand in Central Eastern Europe. Thus the division led by him was raised to one of the main market players with significance in the region and has now production facilities in ten countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Rumania, Turkey and Ukraina). Also owing to his work done at the Prinzhorn Group, one of the most state-of-the-art and efficient containerboard plant in Central Europe was built in Hungary in 2009.The facility of the Hamburger Hungaria Ltd. uses 100% paper packaging waste not only from Hungary, but also from the neighbouring countries to produce 700 thousand tons of containerboard per year. The resulting by products (reject, sludge and biogas) is used with biomass and coal to generate energy for the facility. Such complexity is the hallmark of his entire professional career. By revealing the interrelation between packaging and the environment, he contributed to the development of the packaging industry of the region through his lectures and presentations that have shaped the way packaging specialists think. Through his progressive, broad professional perspective, he became first a member, and later during two cycles the President of the National Environmental Council. In this role he focused on the environmental aspects and the sustainability of the industry at the level of the national economy. Mr. Galli plays a diverse part in public life not just in Hungary but throughout Europe as well. He was a founder of the Hungarian Association of Packaging and Material Handling (CSAOSZ). From 1990 he was the co-president and between 1993 and 2014 the president of the Association. Under his leadership CSAOSZ evolved into a well-known and acknowledged professional center for the safeguarding and representation of professional interests. Between 2002 and 2016 he was vice president of the Confederation of Hungarian Employers and Industrialists. Today he co-chairs the organisation’s Environmental Committee. Between 1990 and 2009 he was a member of the board of the European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers (FEFCO). He represented FEFCO during 1991-1996 in the board of ICCA (International Corrugated Case Association). The organisation uniting family owned European corrugated board manufacturers was retained to lead the group Alliabox International, present in 17 European countries and operating 57 production facilities. Between 2004 and 2007 Mr. Galli was president of the organisation. It was during the period when Miklós Galli was president that CSAOSZ decided to invite the World Packaging Organisation to its spring session. The organisational efforts partly overseen by him were deemed exemplary by the leaders of WPO.  
Country: 
Switzerland
Name of recipient: 
Professor Lars G Wallentin
Personal award category: 
Lifetime Achievement in Packaging Award
Born in Sweden and educated at the Graphic Institute in Stockholm, Lars Wallentin moved in 1964 to Switzerland to the Nestlé headquarters where he was responsible, during almost 40 years, for the development of creative design solutions for the strategic brands such as Nestlé, Nescafé, Maggi, Buitoni, Nesquik or KitKat. He is an icon on packaging innovation and most of his career was built in Nestlé - Switzerland. He is an amazing speaker that spreads the packaging culture and the innovation needs around the globe. He had written four books on packaging and in all the message is very clear : how to improve the copywriting, as well as the layout on the back/side panel of your pack. As the previous ones, the 4th book is directed to schools, design agencies, brand managers, sales forces, etc… well, anyone interested in good packaging. He is the most recognised packaging design specialist. For more than 30 years, he has been criss-crossing the world, from Australia to Brazil, China to France, from Sweden to South Africa, to teach, within Nestlé, how to create brands, packaging and communication in the most efficient manner possible. Lars Wallentin is also an exceptional showman and each of his lectures is a real treat, where the audience learns while having fun. He was Lifetime Achievement Pentaward 2009. He is very active in his own webpage www.packagingsense.com. He is a defender of simple packaging
Country: 
Australia
Name of recipient: 
Professor Harry Lovell
Personal award category: 
Lifetime Achievement in Packaging Award
Prof Harry Lovell has practically devoted his entire life to furthering education. His prime focus has been to impart knowledge and teach others. Harry was instrumental in reinvigorating the Australian Institute of Packaging not only as an educational body but also a business unit during his two terms as National President in 1990s. The development of a successful suite of educational and technical solutions for members was underpinned through the establishment of a successful collaborative network between leading packaging technologists across Australia and also leading firms focused on the manufacture of packaged goods. His many appointments throughout his career include Pro Vice-Chancellor Gatton College, University of Queensland 1994-1995, Emeritus Professor since 1995; Director 1991-1995, Professor Department Food Studies 1990, Dean Food Studies Queensland Agriculture College 1981, Principal Lecturer 1978, Head Food Tech and Department Head Faculty of Food Blackpool College Technical and Art 1972, Product Development Manager Cadbury Schweppes Ltd UK 1966, Technical Manager Fisons Foods Ltd (Northern Ireland) 1956, former Australian Governmental Ministerial Adviser as well as Adviser to Meat and Livestock Association of Australia. Harry has sat on various judging panels, published numerous articles on food technology and packaging as well as delivering numerous papers across the globe