MUNICH, September 23, 2013 – An international expert jury selected can2close’s resealable beverage can solution as one of 5 nominees for the “German Packaging Award 2013”, in the category “Sales Packaging – Beverages”. In 11 categories 232 submissions from around the world competed for one of the most prestigious awards for outstanding packaging ideas and solutions for consumer markets, in Europe. 54 submissions were nominated of which 25 were awarded.
The award ceremony, hosted by the German Packaging Institute “DVI”, was held in Nuremberg on September 23rd, 2013. The event also served to open the FachPack, one of the most noted packaging exhibitions worldwide, and was attended by over 300 industry representatives. The German Packaging Award was first held in 1963, making this year its 50th anniversary, and stands under the patronage of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.
“Talks with leading industry representatives have shown that there is a huge demand for resealable beverage cans. Therefore we are very happy that the jury has acknowledged this issue by nominating our innovative solution”, says Andreas Kleiner, founder and CEO of can2close GmbH. “This has been our first submission to the German Packaging Award, and seeing as we are still in the prototype phase, not having been chosen as a winner certainly doesn’t diminish our excitement”, Kleiner adds.
The submitted design was developed together with “Indeed Innovation” from Hamburg, one of the leading agencies for mechanical engineering, industrial design and structural packaging.
Munich-based can2close GmbH presented their revolutionary resealable beverage can end concept, a new mechanism that replaces the standard stay-on tab opening of beverage cans with a simple mechanism that is easier to open and can be repeatedly sealed.
Resealability is present on plastic bottles and other types of beverage containers, but it is not yet well solved for cans. Since the 60s, many inventors have attempted to solve the riddle of the resealable can, but even the most-promising solutions were too technically complex or not economically viable to integrate into the internationally-standardized filling processes. The last significant change to the soda can, in fact, was the stay-on tab, launched in 1974. It replaced the ring-pull and reduced litter and the risk of injury. Now, some 40 years later, there is a solution that further evolves the can and meets the needs of today’s market.
can2close´s patent-pending solution offers a number of advantages for the consumer, including the ability to portion canned beverages and easily transport them after the first opening. The resealable end also keeps drinks fresher, prohibits unwanted contaminants (e.g. wasps, cigarettes, drugs, etc.) and reduces the risk of spilling. The plastic mechanism can be opened with one hand and is fingernail friendly, while the larger opening releases more aroma and flavor (especially important for beer) and is usable with a straw. The solution offers beverage brands a new innovation and a great branding possibility, as the shape and color of the closure components are customizable. can2close also states that filling companies can easily integrate the resealable end into established filling processes.
can2close has previously been recognized with a “Silver Award” in the prototype category at the Canmaker Summit 2012 in Tokyo. They have also received an award at the Munich Business Plan Competition 2013 and were selected as a finalist during the Beverage Innovation Awards 2013 at drinktec.
For additional information, contact:
Gabriel Gruenthaler (PR)
81675 Munich, Germany
Phone: +49 (89) 41 61 77 8-63
Mobile: +49 (176) 50 55 88 83
can2close GmbH was founded and incorporated in 2012 in Munich, Germany. The four founders have an international background and more than a decade of entrepreneurial experience and deep business, operations and product development know-how.
can2close is devoted to developing and bringing to the market an elegant, no-compromise, resealable closure solution for beverage cans. Currently, the leadership team is working with its advisors and industrial partners to develop its patent-pending idea into a market-ready offering.