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Pro Carton announces sponsors and judging panel for 2024 awards

Packaging Solutions

Pro Carton, the European association of carton and carton board manufacturers, has announced the full judging panel for its three awards, alongside the first batch of sponsors for the event. 


The European Carton Excellence Award (ECEA), the Pro Carton Young Designers Award (PCYDA), and the Pro Carton Student Video Award (PCSVA), will all take place on 19 September in Berlin, Germany, during the annual European Carton Makers Association (ECMA) Congress, with the finalists invited to the official awards ceremony.


Announcement of the judging panel coincides with the reveal of this year’s PCYDA sponsors, the Belgian sustainable packaging group, Van Genechten Packaging, Austrian sustainable packaging provider MM Group, Swedish cartonboard provider, Billerud, and Serbian cartonboard manufacturer, Umka. 


In addition, Pro Carton has welcomed Metsä Board, MM Board & Paper, and WestRock as material partners for this year’s awards programme. The first two member companies have provided free cartonboard materials to entering universities and schools across Europe and WestRock will create sustainable cartonboard framed certificates and trophy materials for this year’s winners.


Winfried Muehling, Pro Carton’s marketing and communication director, commented: ‘The Pro Carton Awards are remarkable competitions that offer entrants a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate the future of packaging. All winners look forward to attending our awards gala night in Berlin. The winners of the PCYDA will take part in unique training on sustainable packaging material, with Van Genechten Packaging, Billerud and Umka. Having four industry members sponsor the Pro Carton Young Designers Award reflects the enthusiasm, support and passion for the talents held within the industry. We are excited to see the entries roll in for another successful year of cartonboard competition. The PCSVA, the PCYDA and the ECEA are the most relevant competitions for cartonboard in Europe. Competing with the very best.’


The European Carton Excellence Award is recognised as the most prestigious and respected award in the European sustainable cartonboard packaging industry, the award is hosted by Pro Carton and the European Carton Makers Association (ECMA), which acknowledges, rewards, and challenges partners across the cartonboard supply chain to showcase their most innovative, fibre based packaging designs.


The Pro Carton Young Designers Award continues to be a prestigious platform for talented, young designers to showcase their skills and make their mark in the sustainable packaging industry. This award offers students the chance to pioneer and showcase their innovative ideas across three categories: creative cartonboard packaging: food and drink, creative cartonboard packaging: all other and the sustainability award. This competition provides students with the opportunity to gain learning experience outside the classroom, build networks, create job opportunities, and win exciting prizes. 


The Pro Carton Student Video Award invites young aspiring videographers to produce compelling videos that highlight the versatility, sustainability, and innovation of cartonboard packaging. This award allows students to explain the benefits of cartonboard in everyday life in a captivating way, with the best entries being congratulated with cash prizes.


For more information on all three awards, visit:



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