Miraclon has opened entries for its Global Flexo Innovation Awards from companies wishing to be recognized for their creative and innovative packaging projects, printed using Kodak Flexcel NX plates.
The awards, which are open to any prepress provider, printer or brand bring together the flexo community, creating opportunities to build new contacts, relationships and partnerships across the print and packaging industry.
Entries will be judged by an independent panel of nine experienced industry experts on four criteria: the degree of creativity in the graphic design of the project, conversion from other print processes to flexo, the efficiency of the company’s workflow and the level of sustainable print in the project. Entries establishing excellence in two categories will receive a silver award, in three categories a gold award and in all four categories a platinum award.
‘The Global Flexo Innovation Awards are different from other competitions,’ said Christopher Horton, chair of the judging panel. ‘It’s not about one company beating another; it’s about highlighting companies doing great work. Our goal is to demonstrate how the flexo process continues to innovate and grow, becoming more powerful as a tool.
‘Most of the potential participants operate in the food packaging value chain, and in the current difficult environment, these companies are essential. They are working, many under difficult circumstances, to supply their products. While the Covid-19 crisis has been undeniably disruptive, the flexo printing value chain has played a key role in helping the world’s response. I, for one, am very much looking forward to seeing award entries displaying genuine innovations, ones with real strategic substance, which show companies driving efficient, consistent and sustainable manufacturing processes.’
Grant Blewett, chief commercial officer at Miraclon added: ‘Flexo printing has come a long way in recent years, and still has a long way to go before the real extent of its capabilities is fully recognized. We want to help celebrate the companies that are on that journey, combining flexo printing, Kodak Flexcel NX technology and their own innovative thinking to achieve proven outstanding results throughout the whole production process, from design, to production efficiency and commitment to sustainability.’
More information about the Global Flexo Innovation Awards and how to enter is available online at www.transformingflexo.com.