Label Industry Global Awards Winners Revealed

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM | The 12th annual Label Industry Global Awards ceremony was held at the recent Labelexpo Europe 2015.

Kurt Walker, former president of FINAT, was presented with the R. Stanton Avery Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Avery Dennison. The award is given to an individual who has made a substantial and key contribution to the label industry over a minimum of 25 years.

HP Indigo was given the Award for Innovation (for companies with more than 300 employees), sponsored by Flint Group Narrow Web. HP Indigo won for its work in developing its HP SmartStream Mosaic software. Started by a request from Coca-Cola Israel to create a unique variable product with shelf appeal following the success of the Share a Coke customized name campaign on Coke bottles, HP Indigo has delivered the ability to create millions of unique images and designs on labels and packaging from seed patterns using an innovative graphics algorithm.

The Award for Innovation (for companies with up to 300 employees), also sponsored by Flint Group Narrow Web, went to joint recipients GEW and Lake Image Systems. GEW impressed the judges with its RHINO electronic power supply which has been developed to enable the lowest possible operating cost for a UV-curing system

Lake Image Systems was honored for developing MaxScan, its latest addition to the Discovery MultiScan family. Based on contact scanning technology, the MaxScan reportedly provides key benefits over traditional line scan camera technology, such as uniform 600 dpi inspection resolution and virtually no angular variation, to provide label converters with tools to detect print defects accurately without the need for expensive additional rollers, re-designed web paths, or complex optical assemblies.

Lintec was announced as the winner of the Award for Sustainability, sponsored by Xeikon. Lintec has developed a new label facestock, KP5000, which uses what is said to be the world's highest percentage (80%) of recycled PET pellets. The new face material, said to have physical features equivalent to virgin PET films and has a lower production cost than other recycled materials, is produced from mechanically recycled PET bottles as the raw material.

Mike Fairley, chair of the judges, says, “Choosing winners from such an impressive list of companies was always going to be difficult, and all of our winners and finalists truly deserve our utmost admiration and congratulations. The awards are designed to showcase the depth and best of talent and achievement across the global label industry and all of this year’s entrants demonstrated enormous innovation, best practice, and inspiring work. The awards go some way toward shining a light on the significant dedication, commitment and excellence going on each and every day in this exciting and dynamic sector.”

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