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The corrugated industry is on the rise! The World Corrugated Awards 2023 will return with new awards!

The WCA is back!

As a pioneer award in the global corrugated packaging industry and a classic international event in China SinoCorrugated, the World Corrugated Award(WCA) has always adhered its purpose that creates an "Oscar" in this industry since its first held in 2019. Over the past four years, the WCA has been recognized and supported by colleagues in the corrugated packaging industry around the world. This year, the WCA is back with new awards!

The 2023 WCA will set up 3 Innovation Category awards, 3 Corporate Management Category awards and 2 Social Value Category awards, select the most pioneer industry cases from 8 different aspects, and recognize packaging companies, teams and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the development in the global corrugated industry.

From December 12, 2022, the 2023 WCA will officially open the registration channel, each case can participate in 1 to 3 awards, and the number of nominations for each company or individual is not limited.

Review Process and Timeline

Submission Time of Case Nomination: December 12, 2022 -- February 25, 2023

Online Voting Time: December 12, 2022 -- March 15, 2023

Scoring Time of Jury: March 16, 2023 -- March 25, 2023

Time of Award Ceremony: April 6, 2023

Awards Category

01 Innovation Category

Innovation Design of the Year

With the innovation in the transportation and sales methods, the design of carton and paper case is becoming more and more diverse. A large number of outstanding cases of carton-type design has mushroomed in the carton industry, behind which lies the professional wisdom and hard work of many packaging design engineers. In order to encourage designers throughout the carton packaging industry to continue to present better ideas in the carton structure innovation, the committee of the World Corrugated Awards has set up this award to reward enterprises, teams or individuals who have made outstanding contributions in paper and carton industries.

Nomination Materials:

★Offer carton-type design scheme 

★Patent registration documents (the sponsor can provide patent application and protection channels) 

★Application cases 

Judging Criteria:

1、Design concept 

2、Degree of innovation 

3、Applicability and promotion 

4、Difficulty of production 

5、The degree of cost solution 

6、Value of environmental protection 

Innovation Material of the Year

With the development of material technology, paper materials can change some material properties through technological means to meet the operating requirements of special functions and complex shaping requirements. Innovations in the performance of paper packaging materials not only maintain the basic characteristics of paper materials, but also compensate for their performance deficiencies to a large extent. This award is established to recognize the professional R&D teams and individuals who are committed to the innovation and breakthrough in material development of the paper and carton industries.

Nomination Materials:

★Provide original paper sample 

★Patent registration documents (the sponsor can provide patent application and protection channels) 

★Application cases 

Judging criteria: 

1、The degree of innovation 

2、Market application prospect 

3、Value for money 

4、Value of environmental protection 

5、The degree of cost solution 

Innovation Application of the Year

Packaging, as an important tool for product circulation in the market, is indispensable part for enterprises to improve sales performance. In recent years, with the change of global consumers' purchasing habits and usage habits and the emphasis on product addition, the current packaging itself not only plays a protective role for goods, but also plays the function of transportation of goods and anti-counterfeiting traceability. The shelves of the mall are displayed to attract the attention of consumers, create the fun of consumption and use, and enhance the experience of consumers opening packaging, so that packaging plays an increasingly important role in the marketing of goods. This award is set up to recognize outstanding cases of packaging companies that have improved product sales and consumer experience through and not limited to innovation in packaging materials, packaging technology, packaging design and other links.

Nomination Materials:

★Provide design samples 

★Provide real-life examples of carton marketing 

★Highlight description and marketing plan 

Judging criteria:

1、The degree of innovation 

2、Application side market dissemination effect 

3、User experience 

4、Market value 

02 Corporate Management Category

Risk Management of the Year

The risks of the operation of carton factories, whether the natural environmental disaster or the potential hazard caused by man, cannot be avoided by any enterprises. In recent years, the most common accidents that have been heard in carton factories and even throughout the packaging industry are fires in factories. Once an accident occurs, how to effectively reduce property losses and casualties, and how to respond to various problems in an orderly manner is a great challenge for the management team of enterprises. The Best Risk Management and Control Award is established to honor the management teams that fully demonstrate their coping capacity in an incident, or the leading teams who have built a sound and resilient risk management strategy for risk prevention of enterprises.

Nomination Materials:

★Exemplify what kind of empirical risks enterprises have experienced. What kind of wise solution does the management team adopt to resolve the risks? 

★What contributions do various measures of the management team make in reducing property losses, casualties, and strengthening the team cooperation for the enterprise? 

★What problems have the various measures encountered during the implementation phase? And finally, how to solve it? 

★What is the most commendable behavior in the implementation of this strategy? 

Judging criteria:

1、Project Benefits 

2、Project execution 

3、Design of the strategic planning end 

4、Project cost control 

5、Project operation difficulty 

Intelligent Production of the Year (New)

The current increase in demand for equipment in carton factories has largely stimulated technological upgrades in corrugated equipment. Corrugated equipment with intelligent control and automation functions will gradually replace traditional ones as the mainstream of the future. Well-made, highly automated, low-energy automated equipment will create more value for carton factories while saving more time. The Global Corrugated Awards organising committee has established this award to recognise companies that have developed or used intelligent production equipment that has brought benefits and convenience to corrugated box plants.

Nomination Materials:

★ Solutions and strategies developed by companies for the automation of their plants 

★ Difficulties encountered in the process of automating intelligent production and how to solve them 

★ What changes have occurred in the management model of the company after the switch to the intelligent production model 

★ How effective the intelligent production model has been (costs, benefits, efficiency)  

Judging criteria:

1、Project benefits 

2、The degree of automation 

3、Production efficiency 

4、Labor cost saving 

Business Transformation of the Year (New)

With the rapid development of e-commerce packaging, the market demand for carton packaging is also changing. In order to meet the demand for cartons in the e-commerce era, more and more carton factories are no longer stuck in the traditional business model, but are trying to meet the changing needs of end customers as much as possible. More personalized and intelligent e-commerce packaging solutions, more diverse functional applications and so on are set to inject fresh blood into the corrugated industry as a whole. To encourage the entire corrugated packaging industry to look positively at business transformation, the organizing committee of the Global Corrugated Awards has established this award to recognize outstanding corrugated packaging companies that have successfully upgraded and transformed their businesses.

Nomination Materials:

★ What companies have done before upgrading and transforming their business 

★ What difficulties did the company encounter in the process of business upgrading and transformation 

★ How effective the business transformation has been (cost, benefit, efficiency)   

Judging criteria:

1、Project revenue 

2、Market value 

3、Difficulty of business upgrading 

4、Value of environmental protection 

03 Social Value Category

Top Five Outstanding People in the Industry of the Year (New)

The booming corrugated packaging industry cannot be achieved without the continuous research and refinement of each and every employee in the industry. The power of an individual may seem small, but it has the potential to stir up a thousand waves. The Global Corrugated Awards organizing committee has created this award to recognize five outstanding individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the industry this year, in order to inspire all those working in the industry to continue to improve their personal skills and contribute to the progress of the industry in their respective fields.

Application materials:

★ List the contents of the year that reflect your industry influence and personal ability (original journals, leading projects, original social media content, media coverage, etc.) 

★ Personal information and photograph; main events of the year 2022 (within 400 words); relevant pictures; film material on self-presentation 

Selection method: 


Most Influential Cardboard Mill of the Year (New)

The Most Influential Mill of the Year Award is a brand new award introduced by the organising committee of the 2023 Global Corrugated Awards. The award will focus on the social contribution and influence of each mill, and select the most influential mill in the industry to serve as a benchmark for the corrugated industry for the year.

Application materials 

★Introduction to the company, describing the scale of its business and corporate culture 

★List of the company's social contributions and influential events in the year 

Selection method: 


Award Benefits

• Trophies and certificates of World Corrugated Awards

• World Corrugated Awards Fund: According to the difference in awards, the winning teams and individuals will be given 500 - 1500 US dollars

• Authoritative Self-Media of packaging industry: [Carton Microvision] headlines once

• Media members in Global Packaging and Print Media Alliance (GPMA) jointly promote online and offline

•Publicity and report from overseas social media channels of SinoCorrugated 2023

Jury Committee 

Peter van Ostaijen

Secretary of Corrugated Belgian Association (CBA)

Hernán Braberman

Partner and Executive Design Director of Argentina Tridimage 

Gagan Singh Sethi


Harry Triono

Manufacturing Manager of Indonesia PT Surya Rengo Containers

Somchana Kangwarnjit

Founder and Executive Creative Director of Thailand Prompt Design

Varna Sudasna

Chief Packaging Specialist of Thailand SCG Packaging

Stay tuned for more jury members…