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Product Design students win national packaging challenge

Thursday 4th July 13

winning teamA team of students from Product Design in the School of Mechanical Engineering have been named the winners of a design packaging challenge created by Nampak Plastics.

Nampak, famous for packaging development, market leading initiatives and more recently with the "worlds lightest weight Infini bottle", challenged the teams to develop a new sustainable packaging product that displays innovation excellence and forward thinking.

The Leeds team saw off competition from other finalists Belfast and Stratchlyde Universities with their ‘duo bottle’ design to win £1,000 for the university after presenting it in a ‘dragons den’ style judging event.

The judging panel consisted of the Nampak management team and a top industry journalist to identify the winning product. The Judges said the Leeds team’s bottle design was “a good idea and something that could be marketed and sold” and that “their presentation was excellent”.

Dr Ray Holt, Product Design Lecturer at the university said "The challenge has been a fantastic opportunity for all of our students, not just those who won. It's a great experience for them to respond to an industrial brief, and receive advice and feedback from experts in industry. It helps to bring home the reality that design is as much about execution and being able to address the commercial and technical challenges - not just having a great underlying concept."