Compgen Limited, a London based Innovative company, has scooped three major award for innovation for their innovative packaging closure device the patented Squeezeopen at the INPEX show in Pittsburgh, USA.  

The invention won two gold medals (Manufacturing and Novelties/Specialty Gifts categories) and went on to be the overall winner, picking up the 'Grand Prix Award'.  INPEX is America's largest trade show and inventors conference.  The Squeezeopen was the only British entry from over 1,500 other inventions shown.


Mark Sheahan (Managing Director of Compgen Ltd) developed the new design of packaging closure which he branded Squeezeopen after being frustrated with hearing the age old complaint of how people have problem opening containers that are currently available on the market.  

'Consumers either have problems because the screw top lid has been put on too tight, the child proof locking system has locked the parent out or it is simply too complicated to open.  This has led to many consumers taking a knife or scissors to the container which then incurs in a high percentage of injuries”.

Gold: Manufacturing

The patented Squeezeopen packs provide consumers with an alternative packaging solution.  The technology comprises of a lid that is a press snap fit onto the base of the container.  All the consumer needs to do is simply squeeze the side of the lid and the lid will pop off and what makes it even more special is that only one hand is needed!   

Gold: Novelties/Specialty Gifts

Mark expressed his delight by saying “Compgen Ltd was delighted and honored to win the major prize at INPEX for our new packaging closure product Squeezeopen, in the face of stiff competition from all over the world. Pack openability has become a major issue in recent years, with an ever-increasing elderly population and with over 67.000 packaging accidents recorded annually by Accident and Emergency departments in the UK alone (caused mainly by people trying to gain access to difficult to open packs, using knife or scissors, and cutting themselves). Our new closure is a solution to many of these pack problems.”


 BIS award

 BIC award

Geneva award


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