The Karl Knauer KG team of trainees emphasises that the youngsters in the packaging industry are "not made of cardboard". The young apprentices working for the packaging specialist from Biberach secured first place in the “Public Viewing” competition by the Main Association of Paper and Plastics Processing (HPV) on 8th June 2018 in Berlin.
"Under the motto "Papplic Viewing", we looked for ideas during the World Cup season that would inspire the imagination and creative power of trainees in our industry and show just how creative and varied the training occupation of packaging technologist is," explained HPV Managing Director Stefan Rössing. “The numerous, great submissions impressively show what potential lies within our young people- so we will certainly be able to inspire many young people to train as packaging technology technologists. That’s why deciding which three designs to honour is not easy.”
The Karl Knauer KG junior team were overjoyed, as they won 1st place in the competition with their multifunctional “Flair-Chair”. “We were delighted that we convinced the jury with our fan stool and that we were able to drive to Berlin together for the award ceremony,” says Paul Franke, an industrial salesman in his second year at Karl Knauer.
In addition to him, a trainee industrial clerk with additional qualification as well as two budding packaging technologists belong to the winning team, whose entirely coherent concept inspired the jury. Thanks to its clever construction, the lightweight yet sturdy fan stool in a football design can be folded up and easily transported or converted into a fan sign. The integrated cup holder, in which almost any bottles and beverage can be held, offers an additional benefit. The jury also exemplified the issue of sustainability. The "Flair-Chair" is so stable that - hopefully - it will not just survive a World Cup. If it cannot survive the victory celebration, the stool, which consists entirely of recyclable corrugated cardboard, can be easily disposed of in a paper recycling bin.
“Of course we are very proud of our apprentices,” says Richard Kammerer, managing partner at Karl Knauer, about the award. “It seems as if our youngest employees have already picked up our innovative strengths and know how to develop solutions that win. And of course, this not only applies to the four winners, but also to the team that submitted the second entry - the luminous “ray of hope" fan glasses - to the competition. They are not among the finalists, but they were also passionate about it and have delivered a new great LED HiLight product! If Germany win their fifth World Cup title, then not only our eyes will gleam, but also maybe one or two fan glasses from the prototype series, “ says Kammerer.
The four young winners can look forward to the trip to Berlin and more than €600 in prize money.