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Innovator of the Year Competition – Non-Machinery – Call for Entries

The deadline date for entries is Friday, August 17, 2018!  

AICC, the Independent Packaging Association, Board Converting News (BCN) and Corrugated Today are proud to announce the Call for Entries in the 2018 Innovator of the Year – Non-Machinery Competition.    The Innovator of the Year Competition will be held in conjunction with the AICC/TAPPI 2018 Corrugated Week Trade Show & Conference, September 24-27, 2018 at the Indianapolis Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN.

Cosponsored by AICC, Board Converting News and Corrugated Today, the annual Innovator of the Year Competition provides an outlet for AICC members to showcase innovations they’ve developed to increase plant productivity, improve plant efficiency, and overall, serve as a solution to a specific production or management problem.   

This years’ competition is for AICC’s Associate (supplier) members to present non-machinery innovations that add value to materials, finished products, or plant operations.  These innovations may include but are not limited to, computer systems, software, inks and coatings, linerboards, substrates, adhesives, consulting services, quality and management controls and programs, administrative support or financial services.  The innovations must have been developed after September 2014.

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About the 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:


2017 Innovator of the Year Winners 


  • Bay Cities - Smart phone app for interactive product and craft assembly instructions (Product name AssemBLAR) (1st Place)
  • Great Lakes Packaging - Label Stock Inverter (2nd Place)
  • Acme Corrugated Box Inc. - A Fully Integrated Finished Goods Conveyor System (3rd Place)




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