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And the winner is: our customers.
And Karl Knauer.

Karl Knauer products have received multiple international awards: for impressive designs, special finishing or innovative material developments. We also contribute to our clients’ success as “Sustainable Company of the Year” or “Most Innovative Printing Company of the Year”.

A nice acknowledgement. For us. And our customers.

2021
ASAHEGO cosmetics packaging
WorldStar Packaging Award
Karl Knauer has been honoured with the prestigious WorldStar Award for the second time in a row. The international jury of experts selected the packaging for the ASAHEGO face cream by luxury natural cosmetics brand The Creammaker from 345 entries from 35 countries as the winner in the "Luxury" category. In their statement, the packaging experts praised the packaging’s "unusually successful combination of aesthetics, functionality and originality".
Group photo in front of the bee box at Bienenmartin's apiary
PSI Sustainability Awards 2021
Continuous commitment honoured
What makes the advertising industry’s sustainability award so special is the fact that it’s not just the participating producers’ individual products or projects being judged; their overall corporate sustainability profile is being assessed and awarded too. This time around, the packaging specialist was crowned winner of the 2021 PSI Sustainability Award in the ‘Economic Excellence’ and ‘Social Initiative’ categories.
2020
White-silver packaging with compression stockings
Bauerfeind wrap packaging
European Gold Carton Excellence Award
The packaging for the sports compression hosiery range scores points with its minimal usage of material, high consumer appeal and convenience, as well as integrated anti-theft protection. Complex yet intuitive. The verdict of the international specialist jury: “The extraordinary wrap packaging is a design masterpiece”. We couldn’t have summed it up any better.
Jungle look packaging with multiple layers
ASAHEGO cosmetics packaging
German gold packaging prize
Exceptional. Emotional. Magical. The diorama presentation box for ASAHEGO high-end cosmetics enchants and takes you into another world. The holistic packaging concept was made especially impressive with a multi-level unboxing experience, including storytelling, and especially emotive product staging. The “golden” packaging award is also something truly special.
Packaging, elline Switzerland
Packaging series, elline Switzerland
WorldStar Packaging Award
We never get tired of winning: every time we win the coveted WorldStar, this represents a very special appreciation of our work. The integrated packaging concept for the cosmetics series “elline Switzerland” is also remarkable, however: the world’s first illuminated cosmetics packaging.
2019
Illuminated magazine cover
Illuminated magazine cover Porsche 918 Spyder Circle
ICMA & Berliner Type certificate
Magical depth effect: pressing the activate button causes a light presentation to begin on the cover (which is only 6mm thick) with an extremely deep infinity effect. This not only looks impressive, it also has enormous marketing potential. In our opinion. And that of our customers too.
Packaging series, elline Switzerland
Packaging series, elline Switzerland
Double-award-winning
Presenting product claims? One of the things we find easiest. When one of the packages in the seven-part folding box series is opened, the delicately laser-cut “Treasures of Youth” lettering begins to glow brightly. This is very fitting, as “elline” basically means “the illuminated one”. This thought was presumably shared by the experts of the Pure Beauty Global Award and of Display Superstar. The world’s first illuminated packaging in the cosmetics segment astounded industry professionals.
OLED label for Coca-Cola
Illuminated Coca-Cola bottle label
WorldStar Packaging Award
All good things come in threes. As always, we are delighted to have won our fourth award for the ultra-thin illuminated Coca-Cola bottle label. Pressing the printed play icon causes the Coca-Cola lettering to light up brightly at the POS – thanks to printed OLEDs from our partner INURU.
Promotional packaging for Black Panther
Promotional packaging for Black Panther
Number 1 ten times in total
Truly Oscar-worthy: the exceptional packaging for the film release of the blockbuster Black Panther has not only impressed award juries worldwide but is also a hit with influencers online. The spectacular packaging including a light show was developed on behalf of the film sponsor PepsiCo (USA).
2018
Sustainability at Karl Knauer
PSI Sustainability Awards 2018
Sustainable Company of the Year
We are once again the proud overall winner of the prestigious sustainability award and will now hand over to the jury: “[Karl Knauer] is exemplary in the three pillars of sustainability [...]. The current certificates and audits on climate and environmental management, the responsible use of resources [...] testify to a company on the pulse of environmental corporate environmental policy.”
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Award ceremony, German Packaging Award 2018
Promotional packaging for Black Panther
Eight awards
The German Packaging Award, AmeriStar, POPAI DACH Award, Hermes Creative Award, 3D Printing Industries Award, Creativity Print & Packaging Award, MarCom Award, New York Design Award ... we’ve stopped counting and are simply delighted about this deluge of awards for the spectacular packaging of Brisk ice tea from the film sponsor PepsiCo (USA) for the cinema release of the film Black Panther.
Packaging for SpeedE® screwdriver
Packaging for Wiha electric screwdriver
Finalist European Carton Excellence Award
Being selected for the group of finalists in the prestigious ProCarton Award is always something very special. As is the packaging for the speedE®. Conventional tools are generally packaged in plastic boxes, but this screwdriver comes in sustainable cardboard. ‘Wow’ effect when opening included!
Day-care centre Fliegerkiste
Day-care centre Fliegerkiste
LEA SME Award for Social Responsibility
Our day-care centre is above all a benefit for families: the joint project with the two partners Hydro Systems and the municipality of Biberach successfully helps our employees to better reconcile family and work, for example with its family- and employee-friendly flexible opening hours.
OLED label for Coca-Cola
Illuminated Coca-Cola bottle label
First place three times
The illuminated Coca-Cola label with integrated OLED technology from INURU sweeps the board! From packaging, labels and displays to advertising media, the fields of application for OLED finishing are numerous. The only limit is your imagination! Or our imagination – we can see ourselves winning many more awards for this innovative development.
2017
OLED label for Coca-Cola
Illuminated Coca-Cola label
German Packaging Award
Pure magic: wafer-thin, light-emitting, flexible and sustainable – printed OLEDs are the future of illuminated packaging. Used here in the label of a Coca-Cola bottle, developed jointly by Karl Knauer and INURU. Our delight in winning the national packaging award is also magical.
Whisky packaging for Glenmorangie
Packaging for Glenmorangie
WorldStar Packaging Award
One of the most prestigious international packaging awards comes to Biberach: with the World Star, we celebrate our fifth award for whisky packaging with over 16,000 3D holographic lenses, UV varnish, internal printing and relief embossing.
Note sculptures
Spiralling note sculpture
German Design Award
Advertising media and design object combined: the note sculptures are real eye-catchers and present our clients’ advertising messages in a clever way. Printable on all sides, available in several variants, simply practical and aesthetic: these qualities have thus far impressed two award juries.
2016
Karl Knauer team
Druck&Medien Award 2016
Socially Committed Printing Company of the Year
Even our company founder, Karl Knauer, always put people first. Today, almost 80 years after the founding of the company, this remains a standard that we hold ourselves to. Annual employee appraisal interviews, ergonomic workstations, healthcare services, sports groups and study programmes: we have lots to offer our employees.
Industrial mechanic trainee
Druck&Medien Award 2016
Apprenticeship programme of the year
At Karl Knauer, young talent has a great future: in a vast range of apprenticeship trades, the young people learn not only for their future career but also for life. This is ensured by many initiatives such as internal company mentors, workshops on health and finance topics and the wide range of leisure activities offered.
Solar installation on the production hall at the Biberach site
PSI Awards 2016
Sustainable Company of the Year
Sustainable social responsibility is always a top priority for Karl Knauer, and it is outstandingly documented and thoroughly anchored in all areas of the business. The PSI Awards have recognised this with two different accolades: the Environmental Excellence Award and being named as the overall winner.
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Day-care centre Fliegerkiste
Day-care centre Fliegerkiste
familyNet Award
School-age childcare and holiday childcare, child-friendly organic lunches, bilingual language training, emergency places, speech therapy and so much more. Our company day-care centre Fliegerkiste represents a genuine reconciliation of work and family life and makes life easier for our employees with an exceptionally broad range of care.
Note sculptures
Spiralling note sculpture
iF design Award
Our note sculptures turn not only the heads of our customers, but also those of the communication experts of the iF design Award. The sides of the sculptures are printed with the advertising message and remain an eye-catcher on the business partner’s desk in form and appearance.
Packaging for Bauerfeind
Packaging for Bauerfeind sports line
German Design Award
The premium packaging for Bauerfeind is really not an old hand, despite impressing customers at the POS with gold and silver film embossing, soft touch, UV varnish and convenience features. It is only when it comes to awards that it is a veteran: it has walked away with the German Design Award for the third time.
Whisky packaging for Glenmorangie
Packaging for Glenmorangie
Promotional Gift Award
We are continuing in 2016 where we left off in 2015: with a new award for the spectacular Glenmorangie whisky packaging. Fitted with over 16,000 holographic lenses, not only is the packaging impressive at the POS, but also when it comes to winning awards.
2015
Whisky packaging for Glenmorangie
Packaging for Glenmorangie
Three in one go
With over 16,000 3D holographic lenses and many other finishes, the packaging for Glenmorangie whisky shines. We had never been able to achieve such good holographics on a packaging on this scale before. This is a new dimension of premium packaging. In our opinion. And in the opinion of the juries of the iF design Award, Drinks International Travel Retail Award and Pro Carton ECMA Award.
Packaging for Bauerfeind
Packaging for Bauerfeind sports line
iF design Award
Cleverly designed, with high-quality finish: the packaging for the products in the Bauerfeind sports line combines convenience with gold and silver embossing, UV spot varnish and a soft-touch surface for a particularly soft feel. Definitely a looker, and a feeler, if there is such a thing.
Promotional packaging Red Bull Illume
Packaging Red Bull Illume
WorldStar Packaging Award
Multi-sensory packaging impresses! This impressive invitation for the Red Bull photo competition appeals to three senses at once: sight, touch and hearing. This had never been done before, according to the experts. Therefore, it is no surprise that this packaging won one of the most important international packaging awards.
Illuminated packaging
Illuminated packaging Bombay Sapphire
German Design Award
Wow: after 30 national and international awards for our illuminated gin packaging, we have now won another major accolade with the German Design Award. A real milestone in packaging development!
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2014
Packaging for Bauerfeind
Packaging for Bauerfeind sports line
German Packaging Award
Functionality meets design: the packaging for the Bauerfeind sports line impresses with a whole series of high-quality finishes and a particularly high level of convenience for straightforward and intuitive handling. All in all an “outstanding product presentation”, according to the expert jury.
Display with age and gender recognition
Display with integrated age and gender recognition
Display Superstar
Imagine you are standing in front of a sales display and the display can detect your age and gender and adapt the advertising message that it displays accordingly. A vision of the future? It is already here! For this target-group-orientated development, we were awarded the prestigious silver Display Superstar award.
Award ceremony
Druck&Medien Awards
Packaging Printer of the Year
Which award does a company that prints packaging enjoy receiving the most? Of course, one that confirms all of our work as a whole. In other words: we are proud! Proud of this special award and proud of developing and producing – in the words of the jury – “packaging with the most surprising effect, individuality and high quality standards”.
Illuminated packaging
Illuminated packaging Bombay Sapphire
Now the winner of 30 awards
A potential world record: for what is believed to be the world’s first freely available illuminated packaging, we have already picked up 30 national and international awards. Imagination and inventiveness, technical know-how and many years of experience in packaging are key in this success story.
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Promotional packaging Red Bull Illume
Packaging Red Bull Illume
iF design Award & Promotional Gift Award
Repeat awards: the exceptional invitation to the “Red Bull Illume 2013 Image Quest” photo competition is a multi-sensory experience. Soft-touch surface, illuminated lettering, the audible click of the fictitious camera shutter release. This impresses not only the recipients, but also expert juries.
2013
Award ceremony
Druck&Medien Awards
Most Innovative Printing Company of the Year
Even our company founder, Karl Knauer, was known for his visionary decisions. It therefore comes as no surprise that innovation is part of our company’s DNA. The deciding factor for us being named the printing industry’s most innovative company at the Druck&Medien Awards was our packaging for Bombay Sapphire – almost certainly the world’s first illuminated packaging.
Illuminated packaging
Illuminated packaging Bombay Sapphire
Over 20 awards in 2013 alone
Pure innovation: our illuminated packaging for the Bombay Sapphire gin, believed to be the first of its kind to be freely available the world, won almost every major award in the industry! As soon as the customer picks up the packaging, it lights up. Spectacular, unique, astounding. POS marketing at its best!
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Promotional packaging Red Bull Illume
Packaging Red Bull Illume
German Packaging Award
Surprise box from Karl Knauer: the promotional packaging for the Red Bull photo competition is a challenge for almost all the senses. Soft-touch surface, illuminated lettering, the audible click of the fictitious camera shutter release. Perhaps less surprising: being awarded the most important prize in the German packaging industry.
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