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4 Universities to face-off in finding innovative solutions to product packaging in Ghana

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Royal Crown Packaging Limited (RCPL) has run the Annual Students Packaging Research and Innovation program for the past 3 years. The program is aimed at exposing tertiary students to RCPL manufacturing processes and guiding them to identify and address operational challenges and bottlenecks in the manufacture of corrugated boxes.

The program has therefore helped to create interest in the field of packaging among university students. Previous events have focused on research and innovation ideas within RCPL, however, in its 4th edition, the program wishes to move the challenge to an international level with the possibility of using this competition to task students from Ashesi University, University of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and Academic City University College to come up with designs that can be presented to the World Packaging Organization  (WPO) WorldStar Student Competition 2022.

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The WorldStar Student Competition is a major platform where students around the world showcase their talent by producing innovative packaging solutions and we would like Ghana to be fully represented this year.

This year the students will be expected to research various topics and birth innovative packaging ideas and designs for selection and entry into the 2022 WPO WorldStar Student Competition. The intensive program will take place between June 20 and July 4. The closing ceremony is on July, 4 when the winning university will be announced

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Royal Crown Packaging Limited is also bringing on board Kasapreko and Qualiplast as partners this year, to diversify the experience. As always, the participating students do not only benefit from the practical exposure within the manufacturing space but also receive internship opportunities, souvenirs, certificates, and direct access to Management of IOPG, RCPL, Kasapreko, and Qualiplast.

The 4 research areas for the competition this year are as listed below:

  1. The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) offers an opportunity for Ghanaian products to be sold across the continent, but poor packaging can be a barrier. Present a proposal on how to improve local packaging and design a primary package (plastic) and secondary packaging (corrugated box) for selected Kasapreko products to achieve export competitiveness in the African market.
  2. post-consumer plastic packaging waste is a major issue in Ghana. Present a proposal on how to create value from plastic waste and design a consumer or distribution package using post-consumer waste or recycled plastic material.
  3. Ghana loses huge quantities of fresh fruits and vegetables due to lack of or inadequate packaging. Present a proposal to minimize post-harvest loss of fresh fruit and vegetables using effective packaging systems and design one such packaging to reduce this loss.
  4. Paper waste can be harnessed for recycling to create value. Present a proposal for effective collection of all types of waste paper for recycling and provide a design of paper-based packaging from waste.

The  2022 program kicks off on June 20 with several activities including tours to Royal Crown Packaging Limited and partner companies to experience the processes at firsthand, as part of the research process.

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  1. Shrijeta Global

    September 14, 2022 at 10:45 am

    Thanks for providing such a useful information about finding innovative solutions to product packaging in Ghana. It was really very informative and useful.

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