FINAT has named the winners of its 2013 Label Awards, with printers from around the world winning praise for their work.
Some 52 companies from 29 countries submitted a total of 245 entries for the four awards groups; marketing/end-uses, printing processes, non-adhesive applications and innovation.
Smyth/Dow Industries won the marketing/end-uses group top prize for the Victoria’s Secret Sheer Love label. The label printed in a combination of screen and flexo printing using nine colors and foiling.
The judging panel said the deep black background contrasts with the pink and gold of the two roses, while the metallized film base gives the label that extra “lift”.
The Victoria’s Secret Sheer Love label was also named best in show in the FINAT Label Awards 2013 program.
Top place in the printing processes group was claimed by Rotakett AB from Sweden for Astrakan Guld äppelcider halvtorr (Kiviks Musteri), which combined three screen and five flexo inks to give the graphics on the label an almost 3D effect.
The non-adhesive group was won by a newcomer, Collotype Labels Chile, for Sleeve Havana Club Añejo Reserva, a very bright, bold and breezy label printed by flexography on a PET substrate.
The innovation group was shared between Stratus Packaging from France for Etiquette IXcode for banks, and the Schreiner Group from Germany for Electric Conductive Films.
Each group also included a number of categories with winners selected by the judging panel, chairman Tony White (UK), Murat Sipahioglu (Avery Dennison, Turkey), Steve Wood (UK), Rik Olthof (Cartils) and Ian Healey (Dr Harnisch Verlag, Germany).
In the marketing/end-uses group, category award winner were:
• Wines: Collotype Labels, Australia for Carnival Love
• Alcoholic drinks: Label Apeel Ltd, UK for Gilpin’s Extra Dry Gin
• Non-alcoholic drinks: Pragati Pack (India) Pvt. Ltd, India for The Boston Tea Company
• Food products: Skanem Skurup, Sweden for Önos Äppelmos
• Household products: Skanem Poznan, Poland for Buwi
• Cosmetics: Smyth/Dow Industries, USA for Victoria’s Secret Sheer Love
• Pharmaceutical: Flexiket A/S, Denmark for Ènaxin
• Security: The Schreiner Group GmbH & Co, Germany for Automotive Security Logistic Label
• Booklets: August Faller AG, Germany for Supradyn
• Promotional coupons: Novelprint Sistemas de Etiquetagem Ltda, Brazil for Philadelphia Light Promotional label
• Self-promotional labels: Marzek Group, Austria for Wein-Leporello folder
• Sets of labels: Cabas SA, Greece for Gaea-Trikalinos Greek Fleur de Sel
Printing processes group category awards went to:
• Flexographic printing: Flexiket A/S, Denmark for Lego City Stickers
• Screen printing (silk screen): Kolibri Labels, The Netherlands for A Nice Liqueur
• Reel-fed offset lithography: Collotype Labels, Australia for The Convict
• Digital printing: Omnipack, Switzerland for Vepool Glas Kristall Edelstahl
• Combination printing: Rotakett, Sweden for Astrakan Guld äppelcider halvtorr (Kiviks Musteri)
Non-adhesive applications group category awards went to:
• Non-adhesive labels/tags: Skanem Poznan, Poland for Eveline BB
• Cartons: Pragati Pack (India) Pvt. Ltd, India for Fiama Di Wills
• Sleeves: Collotype Labels, Chile for Havana Club Añejo Reserva
In the innovations category, two winners were chosen: Schreiner Group, Germany for Electric Conductive Films, and Stratus Packaging, France for Etiquette IXcode for banks.
A further two entries were chosen for special mention by the judges: Hennessy VSOP by Rotakett AB, Sweden and The S Collection by EL Yaman Group, Lebanon.
Many of the winners from this competition will be entered in the World label Awards competition, which will be judged just before Labelexpo in Brussels in September.
The World Label Awards is a global competition in which seven regions are represented: the US (TLMI), Japan (JFLP), Europe (FINAT), Australia (LATMA), New Zealand (SALMA), China (PEIAC) and India (LMAI).
In order for companies to compete and to win an award, their entry has to win a prize in their own local label awards competition first.
In the 2012 World Label Awards competition, FINAT received three main awards: two for the Schreiner Group (Germany) and one for the Marzek Group (Austria).