FINAT has opened its 2015 self-adhesive label competition and made a call for entries from label printers and converters.
Award winners will receive their prize at the annual FINAT congress, which will take place June 11-13, 2015 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Selected winners will be entered in the 2015 World Label Awards.
All of the winning entries will be displayed during the FINAT congress and at Labelexpo Europe 2015, which takes place September 29 to October 2 in Brussels, Belgium.
The deadline for entries to the 2015 FINAT awards program is March 5, 2015.
The annual FINAT competition showcases the best in self-adhesive label printing, and recognizes and rewards achievement in terms of both end use/marketing impact, and print and converting quality.
Awards are given in the main segments where self-adhesive labels are used: alcoholic beverages, food, household, industrial, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, security labels, (self-) promotion and booklet/coupon labels, plus for the major reel-fed print processes.
This year’s competition includes a fifth, new category for digitally printed labels, with three awards to be contested: solvent toner, dry toner and inkjet. FINAT said these three awards have been added to recognize the significant part that digital printing is playing in the modern label industry and is complementary to the other award categories – marketing/end use, printing processes, non-adhesive applications and innovation.
Labels in this group (E) will be judged on the effective use of the respective digital process. FINAT said the judges will expect a very high standard of printing and finishing including accuracy of die-cutting. Attention will be paid to the effective use of either in-line or off-line converting and the finishing technology used. Attention will also be paid to the suitability of a design for the digital process and the use of color, and the type of substrate used and the final application of the label on the product will be considered.
FINAT has stated that it is important that additional technical and application information is provided to allow the judges to make informed decisions about entries for the digital awards.
FINAT president Kurt Walker said: ‘The objective of this annual labeling competition is threefold. It not only helps highlight the advantages of self-adhesive labels and related products as effective marketing, promotional or identification tools, but definitely also encourages converters to extend their technical and quality boundaries.
‘And last but not least, it promotes labels and labeling techniques on a worldwide basis and this to the benefit of the label and associated industries.
‘I therefore invite all label converters to participate in this prestigious competition and to take advantage of the benefits it has to offer.’
For full details on how to enter the 2015 FINAT awards can be found here.