Mondi designers share how they designed award-winning packaging

Wed, 1. July 2020
Awards & recognition, Innovation
WorldStar Packaging Awards, packaging, sustainable, innovation
by Newsroom

Mondi, leading global packaging and paper group, won five awards for its innovative and sustainable designs at the 2020 WorldStar Packaging Awards. This year’s award ceremony was cancelled due to COVID-19, so Mondi’s designers are sharing their insights on the thinking behind their design packaging.


Designers and the award-winning products:

  • Herbert Reitbrugger, UpliftBox in the Household category from Mondi Corrugated Solutions Grünburg, Germany
  • Marco Rammler, DashV1Box in the Transit category from Mondi Corrugated Solutions Ansbach, Germany
  • Eva Hrychova, Stabilization Box in the Other category from Mondi Corrugated Solutions Bupak s.r.o, Czech Republic
  • Nadja Nickel, Sales Manager for Protector Bags in the Transit category from Mondi Paper Bags and aPak, a Swedish Packaging dealer
  • Jens Koesters, StripPouch in the Household category from the German cleaning products maker Werner & Mertz and Mondi Consumer Flexibles


Giving unboxing a lift


The UpliftBox, designed by Herbert Reitbrugger at our Corrugated Solutions plant in Grünburg, Austria, assures an uplifting experience for the end-user because of how tractive force is applied when opening the box. “End-users were working very hard to unbox goods, and we knew there was a better way and experience so we started to work on developing a mechanism to address this issue. I am lucky to be part of an experienced and creative team who is always looking for ways to improve the end-user’s experience. Following further research, we came up with the Mondi UpliftBox, which will bring the unboxing experience for customers to a new level – literally, as the goods will be lifted up within the box.”


Reducing processing times and improving protection


Marco Rammler, from the Corrugated Solutions plant in Ansbach, Germany designed the DashV1Box –packaging for automotive dashboards. The packaging solution uses 100% corrugated material instead of plastic and its innovative design has reduced processing costs by a third, and quality complaints by 80%. Previously, packaging for dashboards involved 30 different types of packaging, including foam which is no longer required.  “Our client came to us with the request to develop new ‘universal packaging’ for instrument panels. Our aim was to develop a packaging solution that consisted of up to 100% cardboard, that is recyclable and suitable for all types of automotive components," said Marco Rammler.


More stability and cooling during transport for sensitive food products


Eva Hrychova, from Mondi's Corrugated Solutions team in Bupak, Czech Republic, designed the Stabilization Box which is a perforated interlay tray, made from three-layer corrugated board to protect food during transport. “We wanted to meet our customers' needs for a stabilizing solution which would reinforce the pallet block in which their product is transported in and prevent boxes from shifting into the middle and at the same time does not obstruct the airway that secures cooling for the delicate food products," said Eva Hrychova.


Flexible protection for automotive parts


Protector Bags, made by Mondi Trebsen, Germany won the WorldStar Award in the Transit category. These paper bags replaced a reusable wooden box and plastic foam wrapping, providing protection for sensitive painted car panels, while reducing transport space and saving time while packing the panels, therefore optimising logistics in the automotive industry.

"The market, as well as the needs of Mondi’s customers, are changing fast. The automotive industry is especially innovative. As more new electric vehicles are produced, the design of the cars change quickly, as does the shape of the parts that have to be packed. We are always focused on providing the best solution to our customers, understanding their needs, expectations, and bringing new innovations to the market place,” said Nadja Nickel, sales manager for Protector Bags.


100% recyclability for household cleaning


StripPouch won the WorldStar Award in the Household category. The plants Halle and Steinfeld produce this innovation, which was designed in collaboration with the company Werner & Mertz’s Frosch brand. Jens Koesters, Manager Technical Service, of Mondi Consumer Flexibles was one of the innovative designers behind the pouch for Mondi, who has seen the role of innovation for sustainable solutions take on new importance. “A few years ago, our focus and passion moved to recyclable and responsible packaging solutions.  I would even say that today it is far more important to continue with innovations as it was in year’s past. Today we have a mandate to protect the environment.” The new pouch is 100% recyclable and uses approximately 70% less material than rigid plastic bottles that hold the same volume and is used for Frosch's brand detergent products. The StripPouch is one of Mondi´s first packaging solutions developed using Mondi’s EcoSolutions approach, which supports customer’s to reach their sustainability goals executing sustainable and innovative packaging ideas.


World Star Awards Ceremony

The competition is one of the major events held by the World Packaging Organisation (WPO) and rewards outstanding achievements in packaging innovation. The focus is on sustainable packaging solutions that achieve convenience for the end-user through innovation. The winners were announced in December 2019. The award ceremony would have taken place at interpack 2020 in May, but due to COVID-19 it was postponed.



Mondi Corrugated Packaging

Julia Madeleine Rohracher
Communication Manager
Marxergasse 4A, 1030 Vienna, Austria
Tel: +43 1 790 13 4640, Mobile : +43 664 2449992
Email:  [email protected]


Mondi Flexible Packaging

Judith Wronn
Senior Communication Manager, Flexible Packaging & Engineered Materials
Tel: +49 151 1771 4692
Email: [email protected] 


About Mondi

Mondi is a global leader in packaging and paper, contributing to a better world by making innovative, packaging and paper solutions that are sustainable by design. Our business is fully integrated across the value chain – from managing forests and producing pulp, paper and plastic films, to developing and manufacturing effective industrial and consumer packaging solutions. Sustainability is at the centre of our strategy and intrinsic in the way we do business. We lead the industry with our customer- centric approach, EcoSolutions, where we ask the right questions to find the most sustainable solution. In 2019, Mondi had revenues of €7.27 billion and underlying EBITDA of €1.66 billion.

Mondi has a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange (MNDI), and a secondary listing on the JSE Limited (MNP). Mondi is a FTSE 100 constituent, and has been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series since 2008 and the FTSE/JSE Responsible Investment Index Series since 2007.