On 12 July, Student and Industry winners gathered at the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining head office in London for the Starpack Awards 2013 ceremony.
Guests enjoyed a champagne reception, followed by an inspiring talk from speaker Mark Shayler, Director of Tickety Boo who presented ‘Packaging in a Circular Economy: What is it and will it make a difference?.’ Andy Miller, presenter from East Midland’s Gem Radio 106 then took to the stage to present the awards.
David Jago of Mintel presented the Superstar Award, which was kept under wraps until the evening, and awarded to the entry that all judges believed to be the best overall entry. David said, ‘It was a very difficult decision, the entries are radically different.’ He announced that after much deliberation the judges decided the top-prize belonged to Webb DeVlam’s Bombay Sapphire Electro entry. Webb DeVlam’s Electro pack lights up when moved, thanks to electroluminescence being incorporated into the box – a first for packaging.
Another award announced on the night was the Eric Dickens Memorial Award, given to a university or college in recognition of its success in delivering a high quality of packaging design entries. Lahti University of Applied Science in Finland, fought off stiff competition from London's Central St Martins College of Art and Design and scooped the award for the fifth consecutive year.