Students meet packaging design challenge.

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The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) has announced the winners of the FPA 2017 Student Flexible Design Challenge. This year's first place winners were a team of students from the University of Wisconsin--Stout. Two schools tied for second place, one was a student from Iowa State University, and the other, another team of students from University of Wisconsin--Stout. There was also an Honorable Mention awarded in this year's competition to a student from Iowa State University.

The FPA's annual Achievement Awards competition recognizes innovative flexible packaging from across its membership. The industry also believes it is important to encourage and recognize students who are working to become the next generation of packaging designers. For the 2017 competition, FPA received 39 concept outlines from some of the top packaging design programs across the United States. From the concept outlines submitted, 13 of them were selected to continue to the development phase.

This year's entries demonstrated a high level of creativity, as well as a strong understanding of the mechanical properties of flexible packaging materials and the manufacturing processes involved. While every winning entry was designed for a different product, they each found an ingenious way to apply flexible packaging to satisfy the growing consumer demand for convenient, easy-to-use packaging.


Benjamin Huber, Brian Kuhns, Cody Marquardt and Ashley Pratt University of Wisconsin--Stout

Wipes on Wheels allows easy access to disinfectant wipes on the go. The wedge shape is made to fit in between a car seat and the center console, conveniently in reach for everyone in the car. Its flexible design allows it to fit in a variety of different car models. The ever-growing desire to be clean, matched with the modern person's need for efficiency, makes Wipes on Wheels an ideal product for the modern day busy person.


Nathan Davis--Iowa State University

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