Federico D’Annunzio of Bobst Group has been chosen by the Label Industry Global Awards judges as the recipient of the esteemed R. Stanton Avery Global Achievement Award 2020.
Sponsored by Avery Dennison, the R. Stanton Avery Global Achievement Award recognizes an innovation or idea that has helped transform and progress the label industry across the world. Bestowed in memory of Stan Avery’s pioneering spirit and values, the award reflects the global nature of the industry and recognizes the collective contributions of the many as well as individuals.
D'Annunzio has been a passionate advocate of the digitization of the conventional label printing process. He joined the label industry at a time when two to three hours were required to change jobs and the operator was the master of quality. Today, with a combination of innovations which D’Annunzio has led, a complete job changeover takes around one minute. Quality control is fully digitalized with a closed-loop system monitoring pressure, register and color, all independent of the operator’s skill set.
An active member of Finat for several years, D’Annunzio helped focus the association on new ideas and attract new members. He led the setting up of Revo, a team of leading industry players co-operating to promote and optimize extended color gamut printing in the flexo label industry, allowing spot colors to be printed using a fixed seven-color ink system without changing inks between jobs.
He was also instrumental in establishing the UVFoodSafe group, where key industry representatives worked together to promote the best practice in the use of UV inks in indirect food contact labels and flexible packaging applications.
After the acquisition of Gidue, D’Annunzio took on a senior technology innovation role at Bobst.
Mike Fairley, founder of the Label Academy and chair of the judges, said: ‘Once again, the judging panel was impressed by the high quality of entries to this year’s Label Industry Global Awards, so drawing up the shortlist was no easy task. Nevertheless, we unanimously agreed that Federico D’Annunzio was the stand-out choice for the prestigious R. Stanton Avery Global Achievement Award, with endorsements from all corners of the world.
‘What really stood out for us was the wide range of Federico's creative and innovative solutions that between them have had such an impact on the fast-changing world of label press design, productivity and performance. We look forward to honoring him and all our winners in September.’
The judging panel for the 17th edition of the awards also included James Quirk, group managing editor of Labels & Labeling; Chris Ellison, president of Finat; Craig Moreland, past chairman of TLMI; Greg Hrinya, editor at Label & Narrow Web; and Jean Poncet, editor-in-chief at MP Medias.
Previous winners of the R. Stanton Avery Global Achievement Award include Jim DeFife of Multi-Color Corporation, Alex Knott, of Dow Chemical Company, Professor Tan of PEIAC, Tomas Rink of Ritrama, Helmut Schreiner of Schreiner Group, Suzanne Zaccone of GSI Technologies, and Neil McDonough of FlexCon.
The R. Stanton Avery Global Achievement Award is one of five Label Industry Global Awards categories. This year’s international judging panel has also drawn up the shortlist for the other four awards, which are as follows (listed in alphabetical order):
The Award for Innovation (for companies with more than 300 employees):
- Avery Dennison
- HP Indigo
- Lenze SE
- Paper Machine Converting Company
The Award for Innovation (for companies with up to 300 employees):
- GEW (EC) Limited
- GMG Color
The Rising Star Award sponsored by the Label Academy and Avery Dennison:
- Andrew M. Boyd
- Elizabeth Yerecic
- Jesse Freitas
- Lindsey Muchka
- Vineeth Bhandari
The Environmental and Sustainability Award:
- Avery Dennison
- Avery Dennison Brazil
- Phoseon Technology
All winners will be celebrated in a special online announcement in September.