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FLEXO Magazine : October 2010
Industry Indicators Flint narrow web awards Flint Group Narrow Web announced the winning labels in the Sixth Annual Narrow Web Print Awards on Wednes- day, Sept. 15 at Labelexpo Americas 2010. The winning companies were presented with an exclusive award from their Flint Group Narrow Web local representative recog- nising them for outstanding print execution. Numerous entries from label converters from all over the world were critically evaluated by a panel of industry judges. Criteria for judging followed the guidelines that are stan- dards set by the industry associations FINAT and TLMI and included: registration, smoothness of dot/vignette, overall print quality, and degree of difficulty. In addition, the judges reviewed each label for creative use of inks and color—re- warding those prints that exhibit extra-ordinary use of inks. Awards were presented in nine different categories—all print submissions using inks, coatings and specialty prod- ucts supplied by Flint Group Narrow Web. One example of the fine piece of art is the winning label in the category of Combination Printing. This label, Cachaca Purissima Exclusiva, submitted by Baumgarten Grafica Ltda in Brazil, exhibited true excellence in print, design and execution, uti- lizing a rotary screen opaque white, UV flexo Foil Effect silver inks, UV rotary offset inks, and a special UV flexo coating. Other top winners included: • Smyth in Minneapolis, MN • Collotype Labels R.S.A . in South Africa • S.E. Industries Inc. in the Philippines • Automacao Ind. E . Com. De Rotulos Etiquetas Ltd in Brazil • M&R Graphics in Chicago, IL • Consolidated Label in Longwood, FL • Nosco in Dallas, TX • Skanem Skurup AB in Sweden • And... Label Works in Mankato, MN, which won Flint Group’s special award for 2010—the FORCE award for outstanding print using Flint Group’s latest innova- tion in UV Flexo inks, Flexocure FORCE. Mike Buystedt, Flint Group Narrow Web North America commented, “We look forward to the label submissions each year; to see our inks playing a key role in these excellent designs is truly rewarding. And, judging them is a great challenge! Oftentimes, we have to make a choice between several excellent print samples, and decide to honor some entries as highly commended.” The Narrow Web Print Awards will continue in 2011 at Labelexpo Brussels in September 2011. Companies are encouraged to once again join the friendly and profes- sional competition in the arena of colorful use of inks, design, and print. to present day servo technology. In 2004, OMET pioneered its first combination print platform equipped with flexo, rotogra- vure, silk-screen, and holographic capability all in one pass.” label industry award For new innovation Sponsored by Labels & Labeling, NarroWebTech and Label & Narrow Web This award is for a new supplier or converter company, or a product that has introduced innovation in new products or services in the last few years. roland dG Corp. The judging panel said: “Roland DG Corporation is the win- ner of the Label Industry Award for New Innovation for its de- velopment and introduction of the VersaUV inkjet printer. They have demonstrated themselves worthy of this award as a result of the new innovative and revolutionary utilization of LED UV lamp curing technology. Mounted and staggered in a unique configuration, the LED lamps provide and enable the creation of a wide variety of “layered” UV coatings, special effects, cus- tom finishes and textures, and a variety of gloss levels. ” Converter award For sustainability/ environmental responsibility Sponsored by GEW This award recognizes the label converter who, in the opin- ion of the judging panel, has introduced and maintained the most sustainable and environmentally acceptable working practices into their purchasing and manufacturing operations and can demonstrate key materials, production, performance or consumer benefits. paraGon label - mrs. Grossman The judging panel unanimously selected Paragon Label as the winner this year, commenting: “Paragon Label – Mrs. Gross- man has demonstrated a long-term ongoing commitment to sustainability and the environment for over a decade. Paragon Label takes a comprehensive approach to sustainability includ- ing energy conservation, waste recycling, purchase practices focused toward Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified sup- pliers, waste water treatment, building construction, and the use of solvent-free, 100-percent non-toxic inks. In summary, Paragon Label is the ultimate example of ‘green’ as not only a way of do- ing business, but as a way of life. ” n Global label produCtion North America 28% Western Europe 27% Asia 21% Eastern Europe 9% Far East Asia 8% Latin America 7% 60 FLEXO october 2010 www.flexography.org FLX_Oct10_mech.indd 60 10/15/10 12:32 AM
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