Finat honors World Label Award winners

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Seven members of self-adhesive label association Finat have won World Label Awards, including Dow Industries, Skanem Hobro, Marzek Etiketten, Tapp Technologies, Skanem Newcastle, Schreiner Group and Royston Labels. Six others received honorable mention awards. Marzek Etiketten from Austria was the label converter that won the most awards. .

The judging for the World Label Awards was held in September, before the opening of the Labelexpo Americas. The entries came from label associations across the globe: in addition to Finat (Europe), entrees represented contributions from TLMI, JFLP, Latma and Salma. Each of the L8 associations nominates a representative judge under the chairmanship of Tony White. Each entry is scrutinized for printing excellence, design suitability and degree of difficulty by the judges.

‘A recent glance back into the archives proved that if the winners from the early 1990s were to be submitted today they would not even get past the first selection process even in the Finat domestic competition,’ said Tony White. ‘This is how far the label industry has progressed in the past few years.’

Awards categories and winners

Flexo line: Dow Industries, USA, for IZOD Body Spray.

Silk screen line/screen: Skanem Hobro, Denmark, for co-op Sensibel Sun Spray

Offset line: Marzek Etiketten, Austria, for Vinidi wine

Offset wine/spirits: Tapp Technologies, Canada, for Sbragia 2007 Home Ranch Merlot

Non-pressure sensitive: Skanem, Newcastle, UK, for Ocean Pure Hot & Spicy King Prawns

Innovation: Schreiner Group, Germany, for Needle trap

Booklets: Royston Labels, UK, for Charles Worthington Front 

Honorable mentions

Letterpress color process: Marzek Etiketten, Austria, for Carpe Diem

Silk screen line: Schäfer-etiketten, Germany, for Intra Cosmetic Silkmed Hand Sanitizer

Flexo wine/spirits: Spear Europe, UK, for Cruzcampo Gran Reserva

Flexo cosmetics: Pragati Flexo, India, for Lakmé Skin Perfect Moisturizer 60ml

Letterpress cosmetics: Kuresa, Peru, for Antigua Bottega

Multi-process line: Marzek Etiketten for Brut Polz Rosé

‘I believe that it is the competitive environment between the different countries and the high demands of their customers throughout Europe which spurs the printers on to raise their sights with regard to good printing practices,’ says Andrea Vimercati, president of Finat. ‘We most definitely will highlight the Finat World Label Award winners during our next Finat congress which is being held in Sicily in June 2011.’