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Nefab Empowers Tomorrow’s Innovators: Announcing the Winners of the 2023 Student Sustainability Packaging Design Competition

  • Nefab, in cooperation with Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) University and DESIGNwith lab, organized the ‘Sustainability Packaging Design Competition’ for Industrial Design students to inspire creativity, innovation, and sustainability in packaging.
  • The winning team designed a prototype of a modular protection system for the Remote Radio Unit (RRU) using Nefab’s fiber-based solutions.
  • Nefab commitment to investing in future generations extends beyond this year’s competition, as the company intends to strengthen its partnership with academia moving forward.
Nefab, a leading global industrial packaging and logistics services company, together with Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) University, the largest and most comprehensive art, design, and media university in Canada, launched ‘Sustainability Packaging Design Competition 2023’ to inspire creativity, innovation, and sustainability in packaging. With support from a life-centered design lab for social innovation and the circular economy DESIGNwith, the competition invited Industrial Design students to showcase their talent by designing sustainable and out-of-the-box packaging solutions using cutting-edge fiber-based materials.

“It’s not just a challenge for our students; it’s an opportunity to make a tangible impact on our environment while gaining invaluable experience. We’re dedicated to fostering the growth of the next generation and providing them with a solid foundation in sustainability as they venture into their professional careers”, says Manmohan Chahal, Managing Director, Nefab Canada

Fiber for the winThe awarded students, including Yasemin Dirik, Ernesto Ramirez, and Julia Rinaldi, created sustainable packaging using Nefab’s fiber-based solutions for Remote Radio Units (RRU). Paper-based packaging is an excellent choice for short- and long-cycle shipments, even in complex supply chains, particularly for industrial companies with one-way flows and no closed packaging loop. The jury, comprised of senior Nefab experts from Canada, Europe, and the USA, chose the best concept based on the following criteria: its sustainability, scalability, technical feasibility, user experience, and integration with Nefab’s operations. The winning project is a modular protection system for RRU, made with FiberFlute and corrugated cardboard, emphasizing easy assembly, CO2-eq savings, and easy end-of-life disposal. The awarded students have a chance to complete a two-week-long internship at Nefab’s site in Mississauga, Canada, working alongside the engineering team and acquiring firsthand work experience in a professional environment. 

“We were very excited to partner with Nefab to allow our students to put their ideas into practice and innovate in a professional setting. The students gained valuable insights throughout the process, particularly as this was their first experience working on industrial packaging. Their hard work resulted in remarkable design concepts that have a chance to be introduced on the market and make a real impact”, says Ranee Lee, Founder of DESIGNwith lab and Associate Professor at OCAD University.

Nefab’s commitment to investing in future generations goes beyond this year’s competition. Given the remarkable results of the first edition of the Sustainability Packaging Design challenge, the initiative will continue next year to ensure that sustainability becomes an integral part of packaging design for future generations.

About NefabNefab saves environmental and financial resources by optimizing supply chains. We do this by innovating together with our customers to create smarter packaging and logistics solutions while always respecting people and high ethical standards. This contributes to a better tomorrow for our customers, for society and for the environment. With more than 70 years of experience combined with competence and presence in more than 35 countries, we offer global solutions and local service worldwide to companies in industries such as LiB & E-Mobility, Datacom & Cloud, Telecom, Semicon, Energy, Healthcare, and Mining & Construction.  Nefab Group has over 4,500 employees spread across 35 countries, with a yearly turnover of nearly 10 BSEK. The owners are the Nordgren/Pihl family and FAM AB.

Publication date: 08/12/2023

Author: Marion Kupfer

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