The International Organisation of Aluminium Aerosol Container Manufacturers (Aerobal) has announced the winners of its World Aluminium Aerosol Can Awards 2021, with Argentinian firm Trivium Packaging taking out the top accolade, and US manufacturer CCL Container and German company Tubex, winning the prototype and sustainability categories respectively.
Aerobal secretary general Gregor Spengler said he was pleased to find that the innovative strength of the industry had not diminished at all, despite the particularly challenging situation during the pandemic and the difficult market situation overall.
Argentinian firm Trivium Packaging won the World Aluminium Aerosol Can Awards 2021 for cans manufactured for Cocinero Fritolim’s edible oil spray, available in classic (classic), olive (oliva) and butter flavours.
To highlight and emphasise the product’s iconic brand image, a handsome man in an apron and chef’s hat smiles at the consumer. Although designing the packaging presented a challenge, given the shape of the can, it was ultimately achieved.
In the graphic pre-production phase, the man's distinctive face was created in such a way that it appeared precisely proportioned despite the deformation of the can during the manufacturing process.
Another striking design element of the winning cans is the use of powerful green and dominant red, consistently picked up in the colour of the respective caps, to represent the different oil flavours.
Adding to the brand’s success is its use of infinitely recyclable aluminium cans with recyclate content.
US manufacturer CCL Container won the Prototype category for its ‘Save the Earth’ and ‘The Matrix’ aluminium cans, developed and produced with Sun Chemical.
Adding a varnish to the cans was integral as deformation of the can would be extremely difficult without it. As well as visual appeal, the varnish also protects the cans from scratching, chipping of the printing ink, abrasions and other signs of wear.
Although it was challenging to achieve the strong contrast between the matt and glossy spot varnish, since the varnish is integrated into the printing ink as an additive, the finished product optimises its sophisticated look via its spectacular design.
German can manufacturer Tubex came out on top in the sustainability category for its Cien Deo aluminium aerosol, printed with eco-friendly and sustainable printing ink. The ink used is free of mineral, palm, soybean or coconut oils and thus contributes to protecting the rainforests of our Earth. Additionally, no genetically modified organic substances are used and all binders are based on renewable sources. Additionally, the printing ink is not subject to mandatory labelling due to its natural ingredients.
A patented alloy leads to a further weight reduction of six per cent compared to the can used previously, while the use and processing of aluminium packaging from the Yellow Bag or Yellow Bin system allows the integration of 25 per cent certified PCR material in the can. Finally, a water-based coating lacquer reduces the use of solvents by an impressive 60 per cent.
“The issue of sustainability continues to play the central role in the aluminium aerosol can industry and, of course, in packaging in general,” said Spengler. “It’s remarkable and satisfying to see that even in times of crisis, the efforts and investments of our member companies have not diminished at all when it comes to sustainable concepts. Looking at this year’s competition, it rather seems to be the case that our industry is once again stepping up its efforts to create eco-friendly and environmentally compatible packaging solutions.
“But that’s not all. The World Aluminium Aerosol Can Award 2021 has also produced impressive and ground-breaking ideas in printing, decoration and finishing that will open up additional opportunities for designers and marketing specialists and further boost the role of the aluminium aerosol can in global packaging markets.”