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Calling All Machinery Innovators: 2021 IOY Call for Entries

By AICC Staff

March 22, 2021

width=294AICC, Board Converting News, and Corrugated Today have issued a call for entries in the 2021 Innovator of the Year (IOY) competition. This year’s category is machinery. The Innovator of the Year competition, held in conjunction with the AICC/TAPPI 2021 SuperCorrExpo, August 8–12, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, will highlight the best that AICC Associate members have to offer.

Developed more than two decades ago as a forum for AICC members to share their best ideas, IOY has evolved into a highly competitive arena that showcases solutions that AICC members have developed.

The entries submitted into the IOY competition are first judged by a panel of industry experts on the AICC Plant Innovations Committee, who select the finalists. Finalists are featured at SuperCorrExpo, and meeting attendees vote by ballot to name the winner.

The machinery category, open to AICC Associate (supplier) members, focuses on innovations of equipment, products, or services that are directly related to the mechanical converting process. Innovations should benefit the paperboard packaging industry through enhanced efficiency, quality, productivity, and/or safety of converting plants.

The mechanical converting process covers all operations that involve direct contact with corrugated, folding carton, or rigid box substrates (i.e., printing, cutting, creasing, scoring, stitching, gluing, material handling, etc.).

Entries must be received by Friday, June 4. More information and the entry form can be found at

Questions about the IOY competition, SuperCorrExpo, and the value a well-connected workforce brings to a company can be directed to Cindy Huber, director of conventions and meetings, at 703-836-2422 or, or to Laura Mihalick, senior meeting manager, at