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Innovator of the Year
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What Is the Innovator of the Year Competition?

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:


2019 Category - Information Technology and/or Training

The Information Technology and/or Training category focuses on innovations in the information technologies and/or training fields, including Innovative software, systems and programs, unique uses of off the shelf applications, educational programs and materials, etc., that benefit the paperboard packaging industry through enhanced efficiency, quality, productivity or customer service, or enhance the knowledge and skill levels and/or safety of members of the paperboard packaging community.

This category was open to both Boxmaker and Associate (Supplier) members.


2019 Innovator of the Year Winners

Congratulations to this year's winner: Michigan City Paper Box Company for their entry "An In-House English as a Second Language Program." 

(2nd) JB Machinery - "A Fully Comprehensive Control Interface"
(3rd) EFI - "A Production Scoreboard"
(Other finalists) StickleSteam Specialties & Advantzware


Watch the video below to see all this year's entries.



For questions or additional information, please contact Cindy Huber at 877-836-2422 or