Locked4Kids wins prestigious Ameristar Award 2017 in the category “Best of Show”.

The AmeriStar Awards honor packaging professionals who have made outstanding contributions to the packaging community, recognizing their foresight and innovative spirit. It is a prize awarded by the Institute of Packaging Professionals (ioPP).

In 2017, Locked4Kids managed to win one of Ameristar’s top three prizes: the “Best in Show” award.
Judges considered more than 80 packages for 12 category awards, four student awards and AmeriStar’s top three awards. A roster of nearly 20 judges from various segments of the packaging industry evaluated this year’s entries in person, examining package innovation, product protection, economics, performance, marketing and environmental impact.

An excerpt of the jury verdict: “The Best of Show Award honors a package that surpasses all judging criteria and that judges unanimously rated “outstanding” in every category.
This versatile packaging is difficult for young children to open, but easy for adults. Its interlocking components require the user to squeeze both side tabs simultaneously with one hand, and pull the tray out with the other hand. If the tuck flap is left open, the package contents are still not accessible with the tray locked in place. The AmeriStar judges were very impressed with this innovative way to make medicine packaging both child-resistant and senior-friendly.”

Child Resistant Packaging is the Name of the Game

When selecting packaging materials and components for solid oral drugs, drug manufacturers (and now cannabis processors) must balance the needs of both children and adults, according to David Paleschuck in Under the Poison Prevention Packaging Act of 1970, manufacturers must design packages that help protect children from potentially toxic prescription drugs and make sure that adults who have limited dexterity can use the packages properly. Devising such a package isn’t always a scientific endeavor: manufacturers must base their selections on unpredictable factors like marketplace opinions and child testers. They are also burdened by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which hopes to eliminate child poisonings through regulation but offers manufacturers little guidance in package selection.

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Ecobliss attends Packaging Innovations 2016 with Locked4Kids 2.0

Ecobliss will be presenting their newest Locked4Kids child-resistant and senior friendly carton box at Packaging Innovations 2016. On their everlasting search for innovations and continuous improvements Locked4Kids continued the further development of Locked4Kids. Maintaining the difficulty for children to open the pack, the improvement has been found in the ease of senior people to open the package.
Although the first edition of Locked4Kids was already well within the criteria of both the ISO 8317 and US 16 CFR § 1700.20., the new Locked4Kids Version 2.0 has been designed with the ease for senior people in mind.
Both ergonomics and user friendliness have been improved with this new version leading to a 100% opening score with senior people during testing.

If you are interested and want to learn more, please visit our stand (G41).

About Packaging Innovations
Packaging Innovations, the UK’s leading packaging event, returns to Birmingham’s NEC on February 24th and 25th, with an abundance of product launches and new packaging solutions, in addition to a wealth of first time and international exhibitors.
The show, which is committed to bringing the UK packaging industry together, will demonstrate advanced innovations, inspire new developments and look at the latest approaches. Contract packers and manufacturers will also have an opportunity to promote their services at Contract Pack and new sustainability features at Ecopack.


Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 Blister News, Pharmaceutical, Trade shows No Comments

Locked4Kids demonstration at Pharmapack Europe

On 10th & 11th February 2016, a leading international event that brings together key players in drug packaging and drug delivery systems will be held in Paris Expo. Ecobliss will be presenting their Locked4Kids child-resistant and senior friendly carton box.

Looking forward to see you in Paris Expo, Porte De Versailles! You will find Ecobliss / Locked4Kids in hall 5, stand 971.

Six reasons why blister packaging is a popular choice for pharmaceutical manufacturers

1. Blister packs are secured to protect products from moisture and gas, to ensure a long shelf life, both in stores and medicine cabinets. Longevity is key for consumers who want to keep medicines on-hand for when problems arise.

2. Pharmaceutical blister packaging is cost effective and easy to produce in a high volume. As a result, it is a great choice for some of the more popular manufacturers.

3. Helpful to customers because they provide a clean space for instructions to be written out and easy-to-follow.

4. Blister packs are easy to use. Generally, all consumers need to do is pop the pill out of the package, which can be done quite quickly. For extra convenience, there are senior-friendly solutions and increased safety with childproof features.

5. There is a wide range of colors and finishes that blister packaging can be constructed to feature. Manufacturers can use that to help make their products stand out on shelves.

6. Carded blister packaging options are also great for marketing because they allow either the manufacturers or retailers themselves to include promotional materials or advertisements to help build a brand and increase customer loyalty.


Technological innovation as key driver global pharmaceutical packaging equipment market

The global pharmaceutical packaging equipment market is projected to expand significantly and is expected to be worth US$8.1 bn by 2021 (US$5.1 bn in 2014). The global pharmaceutical packaging equipment market is driven by several factors: the expanding pharmaceutical industry, the stringent government regulations and standards, the rising demand for integrated packaging technologies, and technological innovations are some of the market drivers.

Some of the recent innovations in the global pharmaceutical packaging equipment are:

Color-changing Packaging: Color-changing indicators are now available on pharmaceutical products packaging.

Condition Monitoring RFID Tags: In the pharmaceutical supply chain, several products come with an RFID tag allowing to track the progress and monitor the condition of the product.

Blister Packaging with Child Lock: Several firms in the global pharmaceutical packaging equipment market are providing child-resistant blister packaging.
Ecobliss, has launched the Locked4Kids packaging solution for the pharmaceuticals industry that works as an effective child-resistant solution. In this pharmaceutical packaging solution, hooks present in the pack are positioned diagonally and the tray is locked safely once it is pushed back in.


Ecobliss with Locked4Kids present at Pharmapack Europe

Ecobliss will be presenting their Locked4Kids child-resistant and senior friendly carton box and other solutions in Pharmaceutical packaging at Pharmapack. Join us on 10th & 11th February 2016 in Paris Expo, Porte De Versailles (Hall 5), stand 971!

Pharmapack Europe is a leading international event that brings together key players in drug packaging and drug delivery systems. Over 330 leading worldwide suppliers of packaging and drug delivery solutions to the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and healthcare industry will exhibit their innovations. High-level content will be provided, including 40 semi-scientific conferences, serialisation track & trace symposium, workshops and learning labs.


Consumer safety panel calls for childproof medicine packaging

Japan’s Consumer Safety Investigation Commission advised the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare in a Dec. 18 report to introduce child-resistant packaging for medicines to stop children mistakenly ingesting them.

The report points out that as children grow, they tend to put all nearby objects into their mouths, copying others’ actions as they become more interested in their surroundings and retrieving objects of interest. It calls for the introduction of packaging that children cannot open even if medicines fall into their hands — while at the same time calling for packaging standards that ensure medicines can still be opened by others including the elderly.

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Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015 Blister News, Pharmaceutical No Comments

Leafs By Snoop in Locked4Kids

With songs like “This Weed Iz Mine”, “Smoke the Weed” and “California Roll” it’s no secret that hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg loves cannabis. Now he’s sharing this passion with the public with a new line of marijuana-based products called Leafs By Snoop. The brand sells cannabis flowers and concentrate, as well as edibles including chocolate bars and gummies. Because marijuana is a controlled substance, U.S. law requires that the THC content must be clearly labeled and packaging must be opaque, resealable, and child-proof.

When it came to the packaging, working at the forefront of a new era of recreational products presented some challenges. Laws about the packaging of marijuana are still evolving. So the designers used the Locked4Kids carton box, an existing packaging structures that were already legally approved, but tweaking it all to make something that felt inventive and high-end.

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 Blister News, Pharmaceutical No Comments

Locked4Kids at FachPack 2015 and expopharm 2015

At FachPack 2015 in Nürnberg October from 29 September to 1 October 2015, Ecobliss will present the innovative Locked4Kids child-resistant carton box. You finds us at the bayern design GmbH stand (Hall 5 / stand 111).

Locked4Kids demos its child-resistant carton also at expopharm 2015 in Düsseldorf. From 30 September to 3 October 2015 You can also come and visit us at Hall 4, stand F-24.

Locked4Kids demonstration at Expopharm 2015

From 30 September to 3 October 2015, the largest pharmaceutical trade fair in Europe will be held in Düsseldorf. Ecobliss will be presenting their Locked4Kids child-resistant carton box and other solutions in Pharmaceutical packaging.

Looking forward to see you in Düsseldorf! You will find Ecobliss / Locked4Kids in hall 4, stand F-24.

Friday, September 4th, 2015 Blister News, Pharmaceutical, Trade shows No Comments

Locked4Kids at bayern design GmbH stand FachPack 2015

Ecobliss has been asked by bayern design GmbH to present their award-winning Locked4Kids child-resistant carton box at their stand (Hall 5 / stand 111) at the FachPack 2015. FachPack will take place in the Messezentrum in Nürnberg from 29 September to 1 October 2015.

FachPack is the home for 1,500 exhibitors offering every aspect of packaging for industry and consumer goods, meeting 37,000 visitors from every sector. Whether it’s packaging materials, packaging machines, package printing / PrintPack and processing, logistics systems, services for the packaging industry – FachPack covers every subject with just the right emphasis.

Thursday, August 6th, 2015 Business News, Pharmaceutical, Trade shows No Comments

Ecobliss present at expopharm 2015 with Locked4Kids

Ecobliss will be presenting their Locked4Kids child-resistant carton box and other solutions in Pharmaceutical packaging at the expopharm 2015. Expopharm is the largest pharmaceutical trade fair in Europe and will take place in Düsseldorf from 30 September to 3 October 2015.

The pharmacy market is at home at expopharm, the most significant pharmaceutical fair in Europe, and thus the most important indicator for the dispensary and pharmaceutical markets, both inside and outside of Germany.

Become the next WorldStar

WorldStar Packaging Awards 2016 is open for entries. The competition, now in its 47th year, awards packaging designs in the beverages, electronics, food, health and beauty, household, luxury, medical and pharmaceutical, point-of-sale, and transit categories. Special awards include the WorldStar President’s Award, Sustainability Award and Marketing Award.

The awards, run by the World Packaging Organisation (WPO), are presented only to packages which have already won recognition in either a regional or national competition in 2014 or 2015. Judges represent member countries from around the world.

For more information on the awards, visit

CPhI Worldwide announces the opening of the annual CPhI Pharma Awards for 2015

CPhI Worldwide, organised by UBM EMEA, announces the opening of the annual CPhI Pharma Awards for 2015 – with five new categories covering the entire pharmaceutical supply chain.

Now in their 12th consecutive year, the awards will honour companies and individuals driving the pharma industry forward through innovations, new approaches, technologies and strategies.

Full list of categories:

- Best Innovation in Packaging
- Best Innovation in Process and Formulation Development
- Excellence in Partnering & Outsourcing
- (NEW) Best Innovation in APIs and Excipients
- (NEW) Best Innovation in Biologic Drug Development and Manufacturing
- (NEW) Innovation in Supply Chain & Logistic Management
- (NEW) Best Innovation in Manufacturing Technology
- (NEW) CEO of the Year

The most important exhibition of the pharmaceutical industry will take place from 13 to 15 October 2015 in Madrid. To learn more about the awards, or to submit an award entry, visit

Pharma by webpackaging

Have you already read the latest issue of Pharma by webpackaging? You can find the third issue of this interactive digital publication for healthcare and pharmaceutical packaging at

Friday, June 26th, 2015 Blister News, Pharmaceutical No Comments

Locked4Kids Demos its Child-Resistant Carton at Pharmapack North America

Protecting small children from accidental poisoning is the top objective Ecobliss Group took when developing the Locked4Kids child-resistant carton box. Its exhibit at Pharmapack North America caught steady attention. Ecobliss Managing Director Ron Linssen provided PMP News with a video demonstration of how to open the carton.

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Video WorldStar Awards 2015

A few weeks ago winners of the WorldStar 2015 awards gathered at IPACK-IMA to receive their WorldStar Awards. Over 90 winners from all over the globe attended to collect their award at this prestigious awards ceremony.

View the video from WorldStar Awards 2015 on YouTube.

Pharmapack North America June 9-10, 2015

Experience on June 9-10 2015 the new expanded and enriched Pharmapack North America to see:

- World-class pharmaceutical packaging, materials, and drug delivery suppliers
- The U.S. debut of the Innovation Gallery, showcasing the latest innovations in pharma packaging and delivery systems
- All-new conference content to address key challenges; plus networking opportunities around every corner

Locked4Kids also present

Locked4Kids/Ecobliss will be presenting the reclosable child resistant packaging at booth #4039.

Global blister pack industry on the rise: It’s no longer just film and cardboard anymore

The ever so popular blister pack, also called bubble pack, has been gaining momentum since the 1950s. It is one of the most used pharmaceutical packaging solutions globally because of its many business and consumer advantages. Broadly defined, it is a transparent molded piece of plastic often sealed to a sheet of cardboard and used to display an item. The seemingly simple marrying of forming film on one side and lidding on the other with a medicament protected within results a plethora of advantages including: product integrity, product protection, tamper evidence, and patient compliance.

Product integrity, product protection, tamper, evidence and patient compliance.

Because of the versatility of blister packs, within the global pharmaceutical packaging industry recent studies report them representing around 17% of the market, that is 8.1 billion USD in revenue. It’s not a bad place to be, considering that worldwide pharmaceutical packaging is expected to account for more than 73.04 billion USD by 2018, growing by 5.6% from 2012 – 2018.

Like virtually all pharmaceutical offerings, blister packs vary from one region to the next. Historically, blister packs have been much more widespread in Europe compared to the United States…Read the full article

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