Consol has and continues to enjoy notable recognition in both the packaging industry as well as consumer space.
Packaging Industry Awards
Gold Pack Awards
Hosted every 2 years, the Institute of Packaging SA (IPSA) Gold Pack recognises the finest examples of packaging excellence in specific categories. As is customary, true packaging attributes are assessed in the judging, including fit for purpose, protection of contents, pack construction, suitability of materials, handling efficiencies and new materials. With a history that spans hundreds of years, glass provides latitude for packaging design enhancements, ensuring that Consol receives recognition at these events.
Gold Pack Awards 2013
In 2013 Consol had an impressive six nominations that achieved finalist status. The judges selected three of Consol’s packaging solutions as the definition of quality and the measure of true distinction for the year. In the ambient food category, Robertsons Spice 100ml bottles received top honours, walking away with the IPSA Gold Pack Trophy. This is a collaborative award shared with Unilever SA, Astrapak, JJ Precision, Spec Tool & Die and the top award of the evening – an achievement Consol is proud of.
Hansa Pilsener’s 330ml non-returnable beer bottle landed a Bronze award in the Beverages category, while Smirnoff Iced Cake & Kissed Caramel took top honours with a Gold medal in the Best Glass category. Consol customers in the finalist category included Packo Sauce in the Ambient food category and Sally Williams and Richelieu in the Beverages category.
Gold Pack Awards 2011
Consol was honoured with 6 Gold Awards in 2011.
At this event, Consol also received a Special Recognition Award for the creative, clever use of a packaging material to creative a functional, alternative light source, and a true measure of "form meets function”.
2011 Packaging Achiever of the Year
First awarded in 1989, PACSA's Packaging Achiever Award is the highest accolade the South African packaging industry can bestow on an individual. In 2011 Group Managing Director, Mike Arnold, was honoured with this prominent recognition.
Securing an award of this stature is dependent on the achievement of some exacting criteria and is presented to those who by their passion and behaviour have made a difference to packaging. Up against stiff competition, Mike's credentials made him the obvious choice and the achievements stacked up against his name included a long and impressive list.
Over and above his commitment to Consol, Mike has been President of PACSA for the past four years and he has taken a lead role together with the PACSA board in developing the industry Waste Management Plan for the Packaging & Paper industries which has recently been presented to the DEA for approval. He was also instrumental in founding The Glass Recycling Company and this has achieved impressive increases in recycling rates.
2011 Logistics Achiever Awards
One of 15 finalists, it was fitting that Consol's efforts were recognised, for the logistics changes implemented by the Group, have resulted in a significant reduction in operating costs; a decrease in stock losses relating to the plant; and on-time and in-full compliance has increased with a subsequent improvement in customer service.
Upgrades that did not happen overnight, Consol's optimisation process began mid-2009 when the Group started to rationalise its fragmented and complex warehouse network in Gauteng. It was clear on review, that increased distances between the manufacturing plant and warehousing was negatively impacting transport costs. Maintaining product and packaging quality standards was an additional challenge directly linked to increased travel and handling exposure. Further, having the right stock, in the right place, at the right time was an on going complexity that needed careful management. On completion of a detailed analysis of the situation, the various alternatives and the possible solutions, Consol commissioned a Centre of Gravity study and investigated transport modelling and warehousing alternatives.
With the research concluded and the findings in hand, it was clear Consol needed to make operational changes and part of its optimisation strategy saw two super warehouses commissioned in Clayville and Wadeville. In addition to this, supply chain service providers were integrated into the design process. It's these changes that have logistically turned things around and for Consol this streamlining has facilitated the establishment of a defined logistics footprint as the basis for efficiency improvements.