Mpact Group, the largest paper and plastics packaging manufacturer and recycling business in Southern Africa, has been awarded six gold awards including the IPSA Gold Pack 2021 trophy and a silver award at the IPSA Gold Pack Awards 2021. 

The awards ceremony was held at the Inanda Club in Johannesburg on 23 November 2021.

The awards are the showcase for the South African packaging industry, having grown from inception in 1973 into an event of considerable importance and prestige. 

Although the awards event is a celebration for everyone involved or interested in packaging, the competition for medals is fierce. Innovation is a contributing factor for awarding Gold Pack medals, while it is primarily excellence in packaging execution that creates medal winners. 

The star of the show was the new PET Ultrazorb meat tray, PETZorb® produced by Mpact Versapak. It was awarded two gold medals in the “Food Packaging” and “Best in Plastics” categories and the prestigious IPSA Gold Pack 2021 trophy. 

The tray is fully recyclable and can be produced using food grade rPET. It also eliminates the need for an unnecessary packaging component, the non-recyclable, non-biodegradable, soaker pad.

With a competitive price point to ensure long term demand and market acceptance, this product makes use of advanced technology that incorporates the absorbency within the tray itself, even when displayed on the retail shelf at an angle. 

The tray absorbs almost double the amount of fluids over the same period as its absorbency pad alternative. Feasibility studies indicate that once the range has been fully launched, approximately 20 million less soaker pads will be utilised.

The 100% rHDPE 750ml and 1.5lt household cleaner bottles, produced by Mpact Plastics in Pinetown, won a gold award within the ‘Household Products’ category, as well as a gold within the ‘Judge’s Special Mention: Sustainability’ category. 

It supports the recycling of HDPE, reducing dependence on virgin material. It also creates a demand-pull for recycled plastics where infrastructure exists, thus stimulating investment in the collection and recycling industry and reducing the leakage of products into the environment.  

By producing this as a generic pack, leading brands such as Unilever are enabled to support an environmentally friendly packaging option.

Mpact Corrugated walked away with another gold award with its recyclable Woolworths fresh herb fluted pots in the ‘Fibre Circle Paper Is Possible’ category. 

It also scooped up a silver award in the ‘Household Products’ category. These food-safe, biodegradable pots can be reused and recycled after use.

Detpack SA was awarded as a finalist in the ‘Transit and Secondary Packaging’ category for its Pargo Paper Courier Bag, a paper mailing bag strong enough to withstand the strain of countrywide shipping.

The Carpe Diem Raisin Tub earned Detpack SA and Mpact Plastics a finalist award in the ‘Food Packaging’ category. This innovative design of the tub ensures effective and food safe raisin processing.

“As a group, we strive for innovation excellence and develop practical, economically viable and environmentally sustainable solutions that bring us closer to a true circular economy,” says Penny Ntuli, Mpact Group Communications Manager. 

“We are firmly committed to research, development and cost optimisation, as shown by the investment in skilled resources at our innovation centres. 

In addition to these esteemed accolades, Mpact Plastics recently received two awards at the virtual South African Plastics Recycling Organisation Awards ceremony held in October 2021. 

The 100% rHDPE 750ml and 1.5lt household cleaner bottles and closures designed for Unilever were awarded a Gold award, while the new PET Ultrazorb tray, PETZorb, received a Silver award. Both products contribute to the country’s recycling efforts and demonstrate Mpact Group’s goal of ensuring a circular economy.