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FLEXO Magazine : May 2011
Awards: A Capsule & Capstones It started in 1960 with 21 awards. Fifty-one years later, the roster of Excellence in Flexography Award-winners contains 146 names. Back in 1960, judges consid- ered two criteria when bestowing the honors, technical achievement and picto- rial excellence. Now, they evaluate degree of difficulty and level of execution. Back then, we presented two prizes in each of five categories. Today, FTA’s Excel- lence in Flexography Awards competition has evolved to include envelopes, nap- kins, paperboard or folding carton, newspapers, students, self-promotion and even design. That’s a far cry from wide web, narrow web, mid web, combined corrugated and preprinted linerboard—the traditional stalwarts of our industry. We moved from an idea, first voiced by Frank Longenecker at the inaugural annual meeting of our association, that resulted in collection of print samples for review and comment to a full scale, highly anticipated, extremely visible showcase of all things great in flexo. A lot has happened over five decades. What began with 200 entries has with time attracted more than 17,000 submissions. We first topped 500 entries in 1989, exceeded 600 entries a year later, and broke the next barrier, 700 entries, in 1991. In 1995 FTA’s Excellence Awards competition set an all-time record of 786 submis- sions, 97 of which received accolades. At the dawn of the 21st century, FTA set the record for number of awards pre- sented, with 159 trophies. That was just three more than the 156 honors bestowed in 2005. We reached other plateaus as the decades ticked by: • In the 1960s, the grand tally of awards came to 114, with a 10-year high of 17 winners in 1961. • By the close of the 1970s, 551 Excellence in Flexography Awards were in the record books, with 63 winning submissions in 1977 setting the high mark for the decade. FLEXO’s predecessor, Flexographic Technical Journal, featured the award-winners on the cover of the very first edition—Spring 1976—and it has been an annual ritual ever since. • The 1980s raised the tally to 1,155 medals since the inception of the awards program. Entries hit a decade high of 557 in 1989, with the largest number of winners—123—posted a year earlier, in 1988. • The 20th century concluded with 2,728 Excellence in Flexography Awards com- petition medals in circulation. It was 1991’s 148 awards that set the benchmark for the decade. • Today, we’re closing in on 4,500—or you might even say 5,000—winning submis- sions; I can find documentation on 4,430. It’s little surprise that the winners’ names have remained common and consistent throughout the history of the awards. Counted among the very first gold medalists in 1960, when accolades were handed out at New York’s Roosevelt Hotel, were International Paper and Topflight Corp. To this day, they, like so many others, are frequently listed on the winners’ roster. Past honorees have described their accomplishments as validating their efforts to be a leader in quality and precision, as well as a testament to exceptional packag- ing and its print production process. One even noted that it illustrates dedication to finer points of flexography, the message being, “No detail is too minor to be ad- dressed in the pursuit of that perfect piece off the press.” Congratulations to all! publisher’s ink 8 FleXO may 2011 www.flexography.org FTA TODay BOARD OF DIRECTORS FLEXOGRAPHIC TECHNICAL ASSOCIATION Roxanne Baker, Cryovac Sealed Air Mark Cisternino, Flexographic Technical Association Larry Claton, PCMC Greg Collins, C -P Flexible Packaging Gar y Hilliard, Hood Packaging Michael Impastato, Flint Group Jean Jackson, Praxair Surface Technologies Eric Jones, The Label Company Allen Marquardt, Kimberly-Clark Corp. Gene Martin, The Robinette Co. James Nelson, Great Lakes Packaging Corp. David R. Nieman, All Printing Resources Greg Platt, GMF Flexo Prepress Michael Reinhardt, Windmoeller & Hoelscher Lon Robinson III, Tension Envelope Corp. BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOUNDATION OF FLEXOGRAPHIC TECHNICAL ASSOCIATION Roxanne Baker, Cryovac Sealed Air Mark Cisternino, Flexographic Technical Association Larry Claton, PCMC Greg Collins, C -P Flexible Packaging Gar y Hilliard, Hood Packaging Michael Impastato, Flint Group Jean Jackson, Praxair Surface Technologies Eric Jones, The Label Company Allen Marquardt, Kimberly-Clark Corp. Gene Martin, The Robinette Co. James Nelson, Great Lakes Packaging Corp. David R. Nieman, All Printing Resources Greg Platt, GMF Flexo Prepress Michael Reinhardt, Windmoeller & Hoelscher Lon Robinson III, Tension Envelope Corp. PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Mark Cisternino EDITORIAL ADvISORy COmmITTEE Richard Cervarich, DuPont Packaging Graphics Catherine Haynes, All Printing Resources Jean Jackson, Praxair Surface Technologies Brad Keys, Staples Print Solutions John Meyer, Color Resolutions International Dave Nunez, International Paper John Paine, C -P Flexible Packaging Paul Wilson, Encore Washington Ltd.
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