TAPPI/AICC Box Manufacturing Olympics 2024
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Open to all Corrugated, Folding Carton & Rigid Box Manufacturers Worldwide

AICC and TAPPI have joined forces to become the 2024 Box Manufacturing Olympics (BMO). This competition is open to all TAPPI and AICC members from around the globe who produce corrugated, rigid box and folding cartons, as well as their suppliers. Packaging schools and universities are also invited to participate in the competition and have their own categories and requirements.

Judges will evaluate entries on a number of levels, including design, quality, graphic excellence, technical difficulty, and innovative application, among others. Details on all 41 categories can be found in the brochure. All entries will be prominently displayed during SuperCorExpo and winners will be announced each day preceding the opening session, with the Best of Industry winners and Attendee’s Choice being announced on the last day. Winners will be featured on the SuperCorrExpo, TAPPI and AICC websites, and will also be announced in various industry publications.

The deadline to submit entries is Friday, July 26. Physical entries must be shipped to Orlando between August 9-30, using this shipping label.

Please click here to download the brochure with more information.

Questions?
Contact Laura Mihalick, AICC Senior Meeting Manager, by email or by calling 877-836-2422.

Competition Criteria

The Box Manufacturing Olympics is open to ALL Corrugated, Rigid Box and Folding Carton manufacturers and their suppliers worldwide that are TAPPI or AICC members. Packaging schools and universities are also invited to participate in the competition and will have their own categories and requirements.

  • All entries must be composed of at least 50% paper or corrugated paper (unless otherwise noted in category criteria).
  • All entries must be die cut, except pre-print liner category. If entries are not die cut and/or converted into a container or display, the committee reserves the right to pull the entry from the competition.
  • Please ensure your submission is in the correct category. An entry may contain aspects appropriate to other categories, but will only be judged on aspects relating specifically to the category entered with other aspects being disregarded. Judges reserve the right to move entries deemed inappropriate for a category to one they feel best suited to the entry as a courtesy; but do not guarantee this will happen.
  • Please submit the requested information in each category.
  • All categories benefit from a written description about the entry that the judges will take into account and consider during judging. We do request at least one or two sentences so we can identify the entry during set up of the competition space.
  • Manufacture Date: A corrugated box or display, rigid box or folding carton must have been manufactured and/or sold for commercial use between June 1, 2020 and June 1, 2024.
  • Anyonymous Entries are permitted. More information can be found in the brochure.
  • Each company location may enter more than one design per category and a single entry may be entered into more than one category.

Limitations Of Liability And Responsibility
Neither TAPPI, nor AICC will be responsible for: a) damage to any materials in shipping, or b) loss, damage, theft or disappearance of materials after same have been delivered to competition location.

Shipping Entries

Entries must be shipped to the Orlando Convention Center between August 9-30, 2024. We recommend sending two samples of all entries. Please use this shipping label on your packages. Shipping label

Judging Criteria & Exclusions

Please see the full breakdown of the judging criterion and exclusions for each category in our brochure - pages 15-16. Click here.

Awards

Awards
Judges will award Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards in all categories.

Best of the Industry
Judges will award four Best of the Industry winners: Corrugated Structure, Corrugated Printing/Graphics, Folding Carton, and Rigid Box. These will be chosen from the Gold Medal winners in the qualifying categories.

SuperCorrExpo Attendees' Choice
All categories are eligible for the Attendees' Choice which will be voted on by SuperCorrExpo attendees during show hours.

Fees

The entry fee is $250 (USD) for the first entry and then $50 per additional entry. 

Student entries are free.

Competition Categories

Full category descriptions can be found in the brochure. Student categories are listed in green.

 

 - CORRUGATED CATEGORIES - 

  • Category 1 – Innovative Structural Design
    • Category S-1A: Innovative Structural Design Industrial Focus 
    • Category S-1B: Innovative Structural Design Consumer Focus 
  • Category 2 – Counter, Shelf, Power Wing & PDQ Displays
    • Category S-2A: STRUCTURE – Counter, Shelf, Power Wing & PDQ Displays – No Product
    • Category P-2A: PRINTING – Counter, Shelf, Power Wing & PDQ Displays – No Product
    • Category S-2B: STRUCTURE – Counter, Shelf, Power Wing & PDQ Displays – Product
    • Category P-2B: PRINTING – Counter, Shelf, Power Wing & PDQ Displays – Product
  • Category 3 – Floor Displays & Standees 
    • Category S-3A: STRUCTURE – Floor Displays & Standees – No Product
    • Category P-3A: PRINTING – Floor Displays & Standees – No Product
    • Category S-3B: STRUCTURE – Floor Displays – Product
    • Category P-3B: PRINTING – Floor Displays – Product
  • Category 4 – Direct Printing on Combined Brown Board
    • Category P-4A: Direct Printing on Combined Brown Board – Line Work
    • Category P-4B: Direct Printing on Combined Brown Board – Line/Screen Combination
    • Category P-4C: Direct Printing on Combined Brown Board - Built Color Printed on Brown Paper or on a Layer of White Ink 
    • Category P-4D: Direct Printing on Combined Brown Board - Process Color Printed on Brown Paper or on a Layer of White Ink 
  • Category 5 – Flexo Print on Combined Board
    • Category P-5A: Flexo Print on Combined Board - Line Work 
    • Category P-5B: Flexo Print on Combined Board - Line/Screen Combination 
    • Category P-5C: Flexo Print on Combined Board - Built Color Images: Process or Modified Process Color - Cartoon Art or Computer Art
    • Category P-5D: Flexo Print on Combined Board - Modified Process: Photographs or Original Art Continuous Tone Images 
    • Category P-5E: Flexo Print on Combined Board - Process Color: Photographs or Original Art Continuous Tone Images
  • Category 6 – Best Application of Spot or Full Label – with or without Direct Print Digital or Flexo
  • Category 7 – Preprinted Linerboard
    • Category P-7A: Preprinted Linerboard - Line/Screen Combination
    • Category P-7B: Preprinted Linerboard - Built Color Images: Process or Modified Process Color - Cartoon Art or Computer Art
    • Category P-7C: Preprinted Linerboard - Process Color or Modified Process
  • Category 8 – Digital Printing – Containers and Displays - Ink Jet/Digital entries only
  • Category 9 – E-Commerce & Subscription Packaging
    • Category S-9: STRUCTURE – E-Commerce and Subscription Packaging
    • Category P-9: PRINTING – E-Commerce and Subscription Packaging
  • Category 10 – Form & Function: Using Corrugated Outside of Packaging and Displays 
  • Category 11 – Corrugated Replacing other Substrate (plastic, wood, foam etc.) 
  • Category 12 – Corrugated Self-Promotion
  • Category 13 – Corrugated Art & Design
  • Category 14 – Student Entries
    • Category ST-14A: Flexographic Printing on Combined Board
    • Category ST-14B: Flexo Preprinted Liner - Not Corrugated/Combined
    • Category ST-14C: Product Protection Design
    • Category ST-14D: Digital 
    • Category ST-EXP: E-Commerce and Subscription Packaging

 

 - FOLDING CARTON CATEGORIES - 

  • Category 1 – Pharmaceuticals & Non-Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices
  • Category 2 – Women & Men’s Cosmetics
  • Category 3 – Confections
  • Category 4 – Retail Food & Beverages & Alcohol Packaging
  • Category 5 – Hardware, Automotive, Marine, Household & Recreation
  • Category 6 – Technology, Electronic, Computer Products, Toys, Games, Hobbies, Crafts
  • Category 7 – Company Self-Promotion, Advertising, Promotional, Product Promotion, and Collector’s Items (items not for sale)
  • Category 8 – Hybrid Packaging (combination packages)
  • Category 9 – Improvement over Former Package
  • Category 10 – Counter & Floor Display Boxes
  • Category 11 – Family of Packages
  • Category 12 – Paperboard & Corrugated Package Unit
  • Category 13 – Online Packaging Only
  • Category 14 – Folding Carton Art & Design
  • Category 15 – E-Commerce and Subscription Packaging
    • Category S-15 STRUCTURE – E-Commerce and Subscription Packaging
    • Category P-15 PRINTING – E-Commerce and Subscription Packaging
  • Category 16 – Folding Carton Student Entry

 

 - RIGID BOX CATEGORIES - 

  • Category 1 – Pharmaceuticals & Health Care Products/Non-Pharmaceutical & Medical Devices
  • Category 2 – Women & Men’s Cosmetics
  • Category 3 – Personal Accessories, Jewelry, and Eyewear
  • Category 4 – Confections
  • Category 5 – Technology, Electronic, Computer Products, Toys, Games, Hobbies, Crafts
  • Category 6 – Paper Products, Stationery, Office Supplies & Retail Store Boxes
  • Category 7 – Company Self-Promotion, Advertising, Promotional, Product Promotion, and Collector’s Items (items not for sale)
  • Category 8 – Family of Packages
  • Category 9 – Alcohol Packaging
  • Category 10 – Combination Rigid Set Box
  • Category 11 – Hybrid Packaging (Combination Packages)
  • Category 12 – Rigid Box Art & Design
  • Category 13 – E-Commerce and Subscription Packaging
    • Category S-13 STRUCTURE – E-Commerce and Subscription Packaging
    • Category P-13 PRINTING – E-Commerce and Subscription Packaging
  • Category 14 – Rigid Box Student Entry