SCA Packaging challenges students with the second edition of the Design Challenge

After a successful first edition, SCA Packaging continues to encourage young talents to present their innovative ideas to the packaging industry. Design Challenge 2009 kicks off on November 2nd 2009. This year’s challenge: create a lean, smart, fat - free packaging solution, taking complexity out and leaving the lowest environmental footprint possible.

Some 500 students out of 23 countries in Europe subscribed to the SCA Packaging Design Challenge last year.  In the end, 90 concepts were submitted out of which 10 were short listed.  Two participants were even offered a full time position at SCA Packaging’s Innovation Centre in Brussels.

“We want to build on the momentum of last year’s event” says Katia Schotte, Communications Director at SCA Packaging, “It is clear that our target audience of young potentials is eager to demonstrate their capabilities and willing to take on the challenge.”

Participants will need to come up with a lean, smart - fat free -  packaging solution for an existing product. They are free to choose any products that are currently sold in retailers.

The new packaging concepts need to fulfill a number of functions throughout the supply chain:

  • bundle and protect the products
  • maximize transport and storage efficiencies
  • clearly display the products in store.

Participants need to operate on the principle: ‘designed with the minimum of material it takes’, whilst maintaining performance.  The designs should be outspoken, clearly demonstrating a different approach to conventional thinking.

“This year’s challenge is not segment specific but will take a broad perspective” adds Wim Wouters European Design Director, “as a full service packaging provider, we focus on innovative design that takes consumer and industry trends as well as the ecological footprint of each packaging concept into account.”

Participants in the SCA Packaging Design Challenge 2009 will get the chance to work with industry professionals, to pitch their work to well-established designers and to win up to €3000 in cash and an internship at SCA Packaging.

Design Challenge ‘09 will run until April 2010. Submissions will be accepted until January 31st 2010.

For more about the SCA Packaging Design Challenge 2009 visit or watch the introduction video at


For further information please contact:

Katia Schotte, Communications Director, +32 (0) 2 718 36 82,

SCA Packaging
SCA Packaging is a European leading provider of customer-specific packaging solutions with emphasis on state-of-the art design and local service close to customer facilities. With a product portfolio that includes transport, consumer and display packaging, customised protective packaging, industrial packaging and heavy duty, SCA Packaging answers to each market requirement. SCA Packaging is Europe’s second largest producer of containerboard paper used for the manufacturing of corrugated board. SCA Packaging employs more than 15,500 people at more than 200 production units in 25 countries. For more information, visit

SCA Group
SCA Packaging is a member of the SCA global consumer goods and paper company that develops, produces and markets personal care products, tissue, packaging solutions, publication papers and solid-wood products. Sales are conducted in some 90 countries. Sales in 2008 amounted to SEK 110 billion (EUR 11.5 billion). SCA had approximately 52,000 employees at the beginning of 2009. SCA shares are traded on the Stockholm stock exchange.   For more information visit