DEBATIN receives the 2024 WorldStar Award

Anton Debatin GmbH, based in Bruchsal, Germany, recently won the 2024 WorldStar Award for its DEBAMED® Speci-Sorb, an innovative packaging developed specially for laboratories. This year, the WPO (World Packaging Organisation) nominated 214 winners in its prestigious global competition. Only 21 of these came from Germany. In total, there were 435 packaging entries from 41 countries.

The jury, consisting of 45 international experts, praised DEBAMED® Speci-Sorb as being the most effective packaging to date for transporting medical samples without leakage and in compliance with national laws and regulations. A patent is currently pending for the innovative packaging, in which the legally required absorbent liner is integrated into the ADR-compliant secondary packaging during DEBATIN’s production process. Before now, absorbent liners have always been added manually to the secondary packaging – either by the manufacturer, or by staff in the lab (who most certainly have more meaningful things to do with their time than assemble packaging for transportation!).

The new product from Anton Debatin GmbH also helps to reduce the risk that alternative, non ADR-compliant solutions will be used. You can read more about why this is so important in our highly popular white paper about packaging instruction P650 and the ADR requirements for “exempt human specimens” and “exempt animal specimens”, available at

DEBAMED® Speci-Sorb has many benefits. Besides streamlining processes for our customers in healthcare industries, it also makes DEBATIN’s own production processes more efficient. In addition, it increases hygiene and safety. Last but not least, the innovative product takes sustainability concerns into account – and has been certified accordingly by the interzero Recycling Alliance as “Made for Recycling”. The assessment criteria for this certification were developed by bifa Umweltinstitut GmbH, and the tests were conducted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging. “We’re truly proud to win this prestigious award,” summarises DEBATIN’s CEO Thomas Rose. “When developing this product innovation, we were spurred on by a desire to provide our customers with genuine solutions that tick all the right boxes when it comes to sustainability and automation.”

Über Anton Debatin GmbH – Member of DERIBA Group

Anton Debatin GmbH was founded in 1923. Today, the third generation of the family-run business based in Bruchsal, together with its French subsidiaries Debatin and L.E.S.S. France in Hoenheim, are proud to be among the market leaders in the sector. As a company specialising in the development and production of safe and customised packaging solutions for transportation, shipping and logistics, DEBATIN is known for its extensive expertise, many years of experience, high degree of flexibility and quality, and comprehensive, expert service. The entire company and its product range are carbon-neutral.

DEBATIN is a founding member of the DERIBA Group. With a total global turnover of more than € 100 million per annum and more than 400 employees, the Group ranks amongst the 15 leading European companies for flexible packaging solutions.

Firmenkontakt und Herausgeber der Meldung:

Anton Debatin GmbH – Member of DERIBA Group
Vichystr., 6
76646 Bruchsal
Telefon: 072518009737
Telefax: +49 (7251) 8009-199

Fabienne Alizada
Project Management Marketing
Telefon: +49 (7251) 8009-738
Fax: +49 (7251) 8009-739
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