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FLEXO Magazine : May 2013
rugated earned 14 percent of the gold awards; 15 percent of silver; and 9 percent of bronze. Judging the combined corru- gated entries: Geoff Roznak, Great Northern; Maureen Arm- strong, RockTenn; Bob Dauses, OEC Graphics; Hutch Smith, Southern Graphic Systems; Scott Gerdt, Fox Valley Technical College; and Joe Schlinkert, Color Resolutions International. “ Variables keep getting eliminated with the changes in technology and the proof is in the dramatically improving quality,” explained Gehrt. “F lexo is improving technology faster than other printing alternatives. This is undeniable.” In the narrow web category, 28 awards were earned, rep- resenting 28 percent of the total. Narrow web jobs earned 29 percent of the gold awards; 18 percent of silver; and 36 per- cent of bronze. Judging the narrow web entries: Kim Tuccitto, Smyth Companies; Dan Crammer, Best Label; Lou Figueria, Emerald Packaging; Frank Windgassen, E&J Gallo; Misty Sharp, ALC Group; Doug Nelson, Flexo Technologies. “I believe with high definition printing, stochastic dots and 250-300 QI screen values, that flexo can and will compete in quality with offset and digital,” said Crammer. Overall, the awards completion was a rousing success. Each year the work is getting better and better. With solid, at- tractive designs, impressive use of technology, and an eclec- tic cadre of judges, this year was one for the record books. “T he FTA Excellence Awards is an intriguing mix of opinion- ated masters of their fields,” concluded Southern Graphic Systems’ Smith. “ It is truly a remarkable, worthwhile event.” Rounding out the medal count were paperboard with 7 per- cent of the total medals; preprint with 8 percent; and napkins with 2 percent. WINNERS SAY... Winning a Best of Show award is a tremendous achieve- ment. It takes hard work, determination, creativity, and at times, risk. But, when done correctly, the reward is worth it. Here is what some of the Best of Show winners had to say on their respective victory. “ We are excited to receive this prestigious honor!” noted James Chuang, Sunshine Plastics, which won for the Autumn Lakes Duck A L’Orange wrapper. “ The credit goes out to our wonderful team for pushing the boundaries of wide web flexo - 2013 EXCELLENCE IN FLEXOGRAPHY % GOLD MEDALS BY CATEGORY Wide Web 17% Mid Web 6% Narrow Web 29% Paperboard 6% Combined Corrugated 14% Preprint 6% Envelope 17% Student-College 3% Student-High School 3% 2013 EXCELLENCE IN FLEXOGRAPHY % SILVER MEDALS BY CATEGORY Wide Web 21% Mid Web 6% Narrow Web 18% Napkins 3% Paperboard 6% Combined Corrugated 15% Preprint 9% Envelope 15% Student-College 3% Student-High School 3% 62 FLEXO may 2013 www.flexography.org