The award was presented jointly by international corrugated associations. This year the World Corrugated Award was presented for the first time in eight categories. At the SinoCorrugated trade fair, the award ceremony marked the start of the four-day international exhibition of corrugated packaging manufacturers and suppliers. With an audience of approximately 300 guests, Mirko Klepsch from Klingele's central technical management received the prize from Peter van Ostaijen, Managing Director of the Corrugated Benelux Association (CBA). Klingele is considereing donating the prize money of $1000 US dollars to a charitable cause. Klingele's nomination for the World Corrugated Award in the Environmental friendly category was successful competing against five other nominated companies from Asia.
The 14-member jury decision to award Klingele first place, was based on the following reasons:
„Kingele Papierwerke has a strong environmental awareness and clear implementation plan. Its strong execution ability lets them greatly reduce the consumption of electricity and steam consumption of raw paper production. They reduce the energy consumption in the process through technological transformation. New energy is generated through waste recycling. The recycling of renewable energy such as photovoltaics and wind energy is used to realize the process using energy.”