UBM Live Adds Best Sustainable Packaging Category to 2012 CPhI Pharma Awards

Jul 17, 2012, 02:00 ET from UBM Live

AMSTERDAM, July 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading events organiser, UBM Live, today announced that it has expanded its annual CPhI Pharma Awards with the introduction of a Best Sustainable Packaging award category for 2012. The new category will recognise one exhibitor that delivered a specific material, process, or piece of equipment in 2011 that enabled Pharma companies to achieve a more sustainable package or process. Entries for the Best Sustainable Packaging category are open from now until August 10th.  Further information about the categories and submission deadlines for the CPhI Pharma Awards can be found at www.cphi.com/awards.

The new Best Sustainable Packaging category will be included alongside the recurring Best Innovation and Best Sustainable Stand Design categories to complete the CPhI Pharma Awards, featured during CPhI Worldwide held from October 9-11, 2012 at the Feria de Madrid in Spain. The Best Sustainable Stand Design will also feature one winner, while the Best Innovation category will recognise a gold, silver and bronze winner.

"We introduced a Sustainable Packaging Award category this year for a few reasons," commented Andrew Pert, brand director for UBM Live. "First of all, it is no secret that sustainability has become a key focus area for the pharmaceutical industry in recent times. Beyond that, it also falls in line with UBM Live's commitment to sustainability as an events organiser. The Best Innovation, Best Sustainable Packaging and Best Sustainable Stand Design Award categories exist to encourage innovation, advancement and responsibility within the pharmaceutical community. In particular, our new Packaging category has been designed to encourage the Pharma community to continue to innovate while also maximising resources and minimising footprint for a greener future."

Six finalists for the Best Sustainable Packaging category will present to a judging panel consisting of UBM Live executives and media partners on the first day of the show, October 9th. The winner will be announced as part of the Exhibitor Reception Party later that evening. Judges will make their selection by analysing how each entry achieved one or more of the following criteria in 2011:

  • Reduction in package weight, size, or quantity
  • Reduction in the use of energy, water, or other resources
  • Reduction in or repurposing of certain manufacturing by-products
  • Elimination of certain processes or manufacturing steps
  • Use of alternative materials   

Additionally, the judges will look at how the entry affects the product life cycle and whether pharmaceutical integrity and patient safety were taken into consideration.

In early 2012, UBM Live was one of the first event organisers to achieve the BS8901 Sustainability standard, a British Standard developed specifically for the events industry with the purpose of helping the industry to operate in a more sustainable manner.  All of the categories within the 2012 CPhI Pharma Awards reflect UBM Live's commitment to innovation and sustainability, and encourage visitors and exhibitors to make the same commitment.

For more information on CPhI Worldwide, ICSE, InnoPack, and P-MEC Europe, please visit www.cphi.com.

The UBM Live annual schedule of Pharmaceutical events also includes CPhI, ICSE and BioPh South America (21-23 August, 2012 at the Transamerica Expo Center in Sao Paulo, Brazil); CPhI Worldwide, ICSE, P-MEC and InnoPack (9-11 October, 2012 at the Feria de Madrid, Spain); CPhI and P-MEC India (21-23 November, 2012 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai); CPhI, ICSE, P-MEC and Pharmatec Japan (24-26 April, 2013 at the Tokyo Big Sight Exhibition Centre in Japan); CPhI South East Asia (20-23 May, 2013 at the Jakarta International Expo in Indonesia); and CPhI, ICSE, P-MEC, LABWorld and BioPh China (25-27 June, 2013 at the SNIEC in Shanghai, China).

Notes for Editors:

UBM Live is a division of UBM Plc (LSE: UBM), a leading provider of business information services to the maritime, travel, fashion, technology, healthcare, media, and property industries. UBM offers services in trade shows, online, news distribution, and publishing to customers across the globe. Its brands are represented in more than 30 countries and are organized into specialist teams that serve their business communities helping them excel in their market by working effectively and efficiently. For more information, go to www.ubmlive.com.