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Innovator of the Year
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Deadline for Entries: Friday, August 18, 2017!


This year's competition is being held during the  2017 AICC Annual Meeting & Package Design Competition September 25 - 27, 2017 The competition is open to all AICC Boxmaker members that want to showcase their innovations developed since September 2013.  The competition provides an outlet for AICC’s Boxmaker members to showcase their innovations that increase plant productivity, improve plant efficiency, and overall, serve as the solution to a specific production or management problem, or enhance the skill, safety and/or well-being of your workforce. 

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Previous winning entries have included:

  • Employee wellness programs 
  • Production tracking, and efficiency and safety enhancing programs and devices 
  • Tools that help plant, office and sales personnel 
  • Employee recognition programs
  • In-House Training Programs

It’s not just a competition of peers. It’s an opportunity to recognize and promote the ingenuity and innovation of your company. Innovator of the Year achievements are often acknowledged by local business and community groups are featured in domestic and international publications and even on national TV shows.


The AICC - Board Converting News / Corrugated Today Innovator of the Year Competition is designed to recognize innovative solutions created by both AICC box plant and supplier members that enhance the efficiencies, productivity, product quality and bottom line profitability of the independent box plant.

Developed over twenty years ago as a forum for box makers and suppliers to put forward their best innovations, the Innovator of the Year has since evolved into a highly competitive arena that highlights the technological innovations of AICC members in production, material handling, manufacturing, training and administration. Each year, the AICC Plant Innovations Committee holds a call for entries and after reviewing the submissions received from AICC members, determines the finalist entries that are then voted on by AICC Annual Meeting attendees. Cosponsored by Board Converting News, the competition alternates its focus between box makers, suppliers, and non-machinery aspects of the converting industry.

An Innovator of the Year is awarded every year in the fall, in four rotating categories.

Categories and past winners: