Plastics figured prominently in many of the winners in the National Packaging Competition 2005, sponsored by the Packaging Association of Canada. Among those displayed at PACex 2005, held May 24-26 in Toronto, were:
* A container for ice-melting pellets featuring a closure that acts as a spreader with adjustable flow rates. The construction won a consumer's voice special award and a gold award for rigid/semi-rigid containers. Reaction Plastics Inc. of Brampton, Ontario, blow molded the high density polyethylene container, and a custom injection molder made the closure. The customer is U.S.E. Hickson Products Ltd.
* An automotive chemical bottle with a user-friendly long neck and easy grip. It won a silver award for rigid/semi-rigid containers. Silgan Plastics Canada Inc. of Mississauga, Ontario, blow molds the PVC bottle.
* A 10-liter HDPE container for hazardous agricultural chemicals that meets new United Nations' durability standards for dangerous goods. It won a silver award in the rigid/semi-rigid category. Cousins-Currie Ltd. of Woodbridge, Ontario, blow molds it for Bayer CropScience.
* A pouch for garden insecticide that resists the migration of certain ingredients, allowing long life for striking graphics. It won a gold award in flexible packaging and a silver award for brand marketing. Peel Plastic Products Ltd. of Brampton, Ontario, made the pouch from a polyester/metalized-polyester/polyethylene laminate for PBI/Gordon Corp.