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SIG Combibloc wins iF Design award

By Canadian Packaging Staff   

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Carton bottle is recognized with design award for excellent design and outstanding logistics.

The combidome carton bottle from SIG Combibloc combines the best features of a carton pack with the best features of a bottle, making it different from anything that has ever been seen before in food packaging.

The exceptional design of combidome has been recognized with one of the world’s most important design accolades: the iF Design Award. The carton pack’s remarkable design also creates numerous logistical advantages with which substantial savings can be achieved in total system costs.

For 60 years, the iF (Industrie Forum Design e.V.) has represented the fusion of design and economics. Today, iF is a globally active design centre based in Hannover, Germany and organizes major design shows all over the world.

“We are very proud that combidome convinced this blue-ribbon jury of experts of the many advantages that our exceptional carton pack combines in one. The design concept of combidome is outstanding in terms of convenience and differentiation—and in logistical respects too, our award-winning package has all kinds of advantages,” says Hanno Bertling, global product manager for combidome at SIG Combibloc, who accepted the award in Munich, Germany with Christoph Kenn, senior project manager for combidome at SIG Combibloc.


Logistics costs make up a significant proportion of the total system costs of a packaging system.

Adds Bertling, “Compared, for instance, to a standard gable-top carton, with combidome substantial savings can be achieved on the logistics costs. This reduces the total system costs. Our customers benefit from this, but so does the retail market.”
SIG Combibloc combidome
Withstands considerable crushing forces
Packaging expert Kenn says: “Due to its construction, combidome can withstand higher crushing forces than standard gable-top cartons, without deforming or even leaking. The forces acting from above that are generated when the carton packs are stacked on a pallet are optimally transferred by the carton pack’s centrally placed dome to the sides of the package.

“In the compression test, it was shown that combidome remains stable at a pressure of up to 120 Newtons. At a pressure of just 20 Newtons, standard gable-top carton packs begin to show visible deformation that can result in defects in liquid tightness.”

The stable design of combidome also means that much lower demands are placed on the secondary packaging than with standard gable-top cartons. If a manufacturer opts for package-high trays, thinner corrugated cardboard can be used than with gable-top cartons. And flat trays have already been tested successfully in Europe in connection with combidome. The possible savings here alone are worth up to 20 per cent of the logistics costs.

The construction of the carton packs makes it possible for operators to stack combidome in five layers on a pallet. Based on the standard formation of 2 x 4 carton packs, 800 carton packs fit on a Euro pallet. This also reduces the costs. Plus, the risk of damage when loading and during storage is substantially reduced, because combidome trays with 2 x 4 standard formation fit on a Euro pallet with no overhang.

More on the subject of the logistical advantages of combidome at:

SIG Combibloc is one of the world’s leading system suppliers of carton packaging and filling machines for beverages and food. In 2013 the company achieved a turnover of 1,680 million Euro with around 5,100 employees in 40 countries. SIG Combibloc is part of the New Zealand based Rank Group.

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