The 2010 Cormack Innovation awards program hosted by Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki was a highlight of the packaging industry calendar.

After a successfully bringing to life student design concepts for the past nine years, the 2010 Cormack Innovation Awards program were again a highlight of the packaging industry calendar on Thursday 21st of October at Doltone House in Sydney. Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki was the special guest for this year’s Gala presentation with his entertaining and thought provoking “Great Moments in Innovation” which set the tone for the evening, and reinforced the practical yet dynamic nature of the Awards program.

The night was another pioneering event with leading industry representatives, guests and aspiring designers gathered together to celebrate the innovative work third year Industrial Designs students submitted for the Awards program.

Encapsulating the ‘Smart Minds Practical Solutions’ identity, this year proved to be the one of the strongest competition of the nine year history for the Cormack Innovation Awards. The success of this year’s program saw talented student Tan Zhu Chen Joseph Louis from the University of News South Wales win the 2010 Cormack Innovation Award for his innovative Child Resistant closure design.

As the First Prize winner of the Cormack Award programs, Tan Zhu Chen Joseph Louis from the University of News South Wales was awarded a $2,500 cheque and a 3 month paid internship with Cormack Packaging commencing in January 2011. An international student, Tan Zhu thanked his parents in Singapore for affording him the opportunity to achieve his design career goals here in Australia. His commitment to research and development was highly regarded by judges.

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Eric Chau, also from the University of News South Wales took home the second place for his design submission and was honored with the Australian Institute of Packaging Scholarship in Innovation. This Certificate in Packaging is a level 3 qualification, accredited by PIABC providing a level of insight and understanding to the packaging industry that adds real and measurable value to student’s careers and businesses. Eric was delighted with his Scholarship win and thanked Cormack and the AIP for the opportunity to enhance his knowledge in design and packaging.

Both students will undoubtedly have an amazing career in Packaging.

The calibre of designs submitted this year demonstrated a high level of talent and initiative. The designs that feature in the Top 20 showed innovative thought and progressive design in their communication whilst also remaining committed to the brief - Ease of Use and Accessibility.  The brief was generated from the recent Packaging Covenant changes and reflects awareness by Cormack to educate students in current industry issues and to follow these with purposeful design solutions.

Customers and Industry members are invited to view both the Top 20 selection of designs or to arrange a bespoke viewing of category driven design files from the broader submissions for 2010. Please contact your Key Account Manager of the Cormack Marketing department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.