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2019 Student Design Challenge Finalists to be Announced at PACK EXPO Las Vegas

WASHINGTON – The Paperboard Packaging Alliance (PPA) will announce the top three finalist teams of its 2019 Student Design Challenge at PACK EXPO Las Vegas. PPA is partnering this year with PACK EXPO, owned and produced by PMMI, The Association for Packing and Processing Technologies.

The 2019 Student Design Challenge is to “design packaging for a gaming system that enhances the unboxing experience and can be used while playing the video game.”

All students participating in the 2019 Student Design Challenge, professors, advisors, families and friends are invited to a reception held at PACK EXPO Las Vegas on September 23, 2019. The three teams progressing to the final round will be revealed at the reception.

Finalists will be invited to attend the Paperboard Packaging Council’s Fall Meeting on October 23-25, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and present their designs to industry leaders. First, second and third place winners will be announced and respective prizes will be distributed at the meeting.

For more information about the PPA Student Design Challenge, visit

For more information about the PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO, visit or


About the Paperboard Packaging Alliance
The Paperboard Packaging Alliance (PPA) is a joint initiative of the American Forest & Paper Association and the Paperboard Packaging Council. The mission is to promote the benefits of paperboard packaging to influence preference for these materials in packaging design and selection. PPA is a proud supporter of collegiate packaging and design programs across the U.S. and Canada, donating thousands of dollars in scholarships, materials, and classroom resources each year. Alliance membership includes companies representing the full range of mills and converters engaged in the production of paperboard packaging. Additional information about PPA can be found at

About the American Forest & Paper Association
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative — Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures nearly $300 billion in products annually and employs approximately 950,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $55 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.

About the Paperboard Packaging Council
The Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) is the leading industry association serving suppliers and converters of all forms of paperboard packaging. PPC works to grow, promote, and protect the paperboard packaging industry while providing its members with resources and tools to compete effectively and successfully in the marketplace. For more information, call 413.686.9191 or visit

About PMMI
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, represents more than 900 North American manufacturers and suppliers of equipment, components and materials as well as providers of related equipment and services to the packaging and processing industry. We work to advance a variety of industries by connecting consumer goods companies with manufacturing solutions through the world-class PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, leading trade media and a wide range of resources to empower our members. The PACK EXPO trade shows unite the world of packaging and processing to advance the industries they serve: PACK EXPO International, PACK EXPO Las Vegas, Healthcare Packaging EXPO, PACK EXPO East, EXPO PACK México, EXPO PACK Guadalajara and ProFood Tech. PMMI Media Group connects manufacturers to the latest solutions, trends and innovations in packaging and processing year-round through brands including Packaging World, Automation World, Healthcare Packaging, Contract Packaging, ProFood World, Mundo PMMI and OEM. PMMI Business Drivers assist members in pursuing operational excellence through workforce development initiatives, deliver actionable business intelligence on economic, market and industry trends to support members' growth strategies and actively connect the supply chain throughout the year. Learn more at and and