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For thirty years, the "Product of the Year" award, created by 'Industrie-
verband Halbzeuge und Konsumpro-
dukte aus Kunststoff e.V.' of Frankfurt, Germany, has been presented to pro-
ducts made of plastic which are inno-
vative, creative and of outstanding func-
tionality. The products submitted to the competition are assessed by a highly qualified and independent judging panel, whose experts come from nine different fields of expertise. The awards go to a total of eighteen products.

The Judging Panel, quote:
"viavario-piccolo invites to play in a creative way. Due to the wide game play variety, the range of combinations is almost unlimited. A thrilling game concept."


Products entering the competition are assessed according to three criteria, i.e. innovation, design and functionality by an expert panel from industry and commerce, specialist journals, the design industry, science, consumer organizations and testing institutes.

Every year this competition and the award-winning products prove that plastics as a material has developed into a decisive key to realising inspiring novelty products.
Top:
Special show: "Product of the Year 2011" at the Ambiente Fair in Frankfurt am Main
(Photographs: M. Behne, behnelux gestaltung GbR)

Centre:
Presenting the "Product of the Year 2011" award for the EcoTech folding box at SSI Schäfer.
(Foto: SSI Schäfer GmbH)

Below:
Ralf Olsen, Managing Director of pro-K, presenting the "Product of the Year 2011" award to Playmobil MD Andrea Achauer, in recognition of the "Great Lion Knights' Castle"
The members of the judging panel for
the "Product of the Year" competition are:
Manfred Zorn
IPV GmbH
Chairman of the Jury
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Dietrich Braun
Deutsches Kunststoff-Institut
Thomas Damann
Zentralverband
Hartwarenhandel e.V.
Lutz Dietzold
Rat für Formgebung
Margret Harlinghausen
DHB-Netzwerk Haushalt
Landesverband Hessen e.V.
Georg Küffner
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Norbert Kurr
LGA QualiTest GmbH
Hans Werner Mattis
Design Mattis
Ulrike Mau
Kunststoff Information
Verlagsgesellschaft mbH
Achim Mecklenbeck
Eisenwaren-Zeitung GmbH
Jürgen Nadler
Stiftung Warentest
Prof. Jörg W. Reinwald
Fachhochschule Erfurt
Günther Vulpius
Deutsches Kunststoff-Institut