Flint Group has presented awards to an international selection of printers and converters as part of its 10th annual Narrow Web Print Awards, which were handed out during Labelexpo Americas 2014.
Several countries participated in the awards in 2014, including the US, Canada, Brazil, Germany and Russia. Entries consisted of a large collection of technologies: UV screen, UV offset, UV flexo, water-based flexo, specialty inks and coatings.
Awards were presented in 12 different categories, with print submissions using inks, coatings and specialty products supplied by Flint Group Narrow Web. In addition, several of the winners also used plates and plate material supplied by Flint Group Flexographic Products.
Further, in this year’s competition, Flint Group introduced a special category for web packaging applications; encouraging printers to exhibit the unique applications possible using narrow/mid web presses.
Winners included: Prakolar Rotulos Auto Adhesivos of Brazil; Optikett from Germany; AWT Labels & Packaging, RR Donnelley, Palmas Printing, Smyth Companies, WS Packaging, Yerecic Label and Consolidated Label, all from the US; and Canada’s Spectrol and Perflex Label.
Art Yerecic, president and chief executive officer of Yerecic Label, was recently presented by TLMI with the 2014 TLMI Converter of the Year award.
‘The Print Awards continue to be a fantastic tribute to the entrepreneurial spirit and creativity our global customers demonstrate as they submit the most creative use of colour, design, and materials in narrow web label printing,’ said Niklas Olsson, Flint Group Narrow Web global brand manager.
‘It is truly an honor to see the print quality submitted by our customers. Each year we look forward to the judging; it is amazing to see the quality and stunning effects converters around the world create when using the inks we supply them.
‘Quite a number of entries contained multiple print methods used in combination and thus creating very eye catching effects. It’s encouraging to see the sophistication and excellence in every detail in their printing – truly pushing the bar in cutting edge designs and application of inks.’
As well as playing host to the 10th annual Flint Group Narrow Web Print Awards, Labelexpo Americas 2014 marked Flint Group’s 25th anniversary of exhibiting at Labelexpo.
Flint Group will begin accepting submissions for the 11th annual Narrow Web Print Awards in the New Year, with the awards to be presented at next year’s Labelexpo Europe in Brussels, Belgium, taking place September 29 to October 2, 2015.