L9 Announces 2017 World Label Awards

THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS | The L9 group of international label associations has announced the results of the 2017 L9 World Label Awards (WLA) competition judged by an international panel of judges representing each of the participating associations. The judging took place in Brussels, Belgium, the day before Labelexpo Europe at the exhibition venue. The L9 is an alliance of global label associations formed to jointly formulate policies and collecting strategic information of global interest to the worldwide label industry. 

The current class structure includes 22 classes covering all the principal printing processes and market applications. The results are listed in class order with the Winners announced first followed by the Honorable Mention (HM) awards.

All of the L9 label associations are invited, each year, to submit entries for the World Label Awards. Associations involved in the 2017 competition included FINAT (Europe), TLMI (US), JFLP (Japan), FPLMA Australia), SALMA (New Zealand) and PEIAC (China). This is the first time in several years that the Indian Label Association (LMAI) took place in the competition.

In order to be considered for entry, a label converter must first have won an award in its “local” association’s competition. Each L9 association is permitted to submit one entry in each class; entries from individual converters are not accepted.

Class 1: Flexo Line

Winner SALMA: Rapid Labels, New Zealand for “NZ Sunscreen Pure Shade”

Class 2: Flexo Line/Screen

Winner TLMI: Label Impressions, USA for “Deva Curl Buildup Buster”

Class 3: Flexo Color Process

Winner FPLMA: Label Force, Australia for “John West Calamari”

HM SALMA: Admark Visual Imaging, New Zealand for “Moana”

Class 4: Flexo Wine/Spirit

Winner JFLP: Takara Pac, Japan for “Chablis Wine Label

HM SALMA: Rapid Labels, New Zealand for “Craggy Range Wild Rock Pinot Gris 2016”

HM FINAT: Royston Labels, UK for “King’s Cross”

Class 5: Letterpress Line

HM FINAT: Cabas, Greece for “Agro.VI.M. Olive Oil Kalamata PDO 1L

Class 6: Letterpress Line/Screen

Winner JFLP: MARU-SIN Co., Japan for “Safety Drive”

Class 7: Letterpress Color Process

Winner JFLP: SATO PRINTING Co., Japan for “Daimyo Futomaki (Sushi Roll)”

HM SALMA: Leading Label, New Zealand for “Pumpkin Seed Oil”

Class 8: Letterpress Wine/Spirits

Winner JFLP: SATO PRINTING Co., Japan for “Apple and Lime Liqueur “Ringo Hime”

Class 9: Offset Line

Winner SALMA: Panprint Ltd., New Zealand for “True Honey Co. 300+ MGO”

Class 11: Offset Color Process

Joint Winner PEIAC: Beijing YaZhengYuan Colourful Printing Co., China for “JOMO Label”


Class 12: Offset Wine/Spirits

Joint Winner JFLP: SEIEIDO PRINTING Co., Japan for “Japanese Sake “Yamahousi”

Joint Winner SALMA: Panprint, New Zealand for “Pacific Potion Sauvignon Blanc”

HM FINAT: Multi-Color Corporation North America Wine and Spirits, US for “Fortnight”

HM FPLMA: Multi-Color Australia for “D’SAS”

Class 13: Combination Line

Winner SALMA: Rapid Labels, New Zealand for “Floating Oil Snapper”

HM FPLMA: Label House, Australia for “Pale Ale Birra Zonzo”

Class 14: Combination Line/Screen

Winner TLMI: McDowell Label & Screen Printing, US for “Performance Nutrition”

Class 15: Combination Color Process

Winner JFLP: SUNMEC Co., Japan for “Denen Fuka” Box Label”

Class 16: Combination Wine/Spirits

Winner TLMI: Multi-Color Corporation, US, for “Octopoda Cabernet Wine”

HM JFLP: MARU-SIN Co., Japan for “NEI (Japanese Shochu”

Class 17: Digital Printing

Winner TLMI: Digital Label Solutions US for “KIA –The Extra Mile”

HM FINAT: Ҫiftsan Etiket Ambalaj San. Ve Ticaret Şti., Turkey for “Winx Body Lotion 75ml”

Class 18: Digital Wine/Spirits

Winner TLMI: Syracuse Label & Surround Printing, US for “Ryze Vodka

HM FINAT: Marzek Etiketten, Austria for “Heathland Whisky”

HM FPLMA: Multi-Color Australia for “Silken Beastie Shiraz”

Class 19: Screen Printing

Winner LMAI: Any Graphics Pvt., India for “ComAD Designs”

HM JFLP: Sibel Industry Co., Japan for “VRONIQUE & CLAUDETTE”

HM FINAT: Stratus Packaging, France for “Shampoo Color Lômé Paris”

Class 20: Gravure

Winner SALMA: Gravure Packaging, New Zealand for “Chobani 170g”

HM FINAT: Multi-Color Wales, UK for “Heineken Green Identity”

Class 21: Booklets

Winner FINAT: Stratus Packaging, France for “Multipages les recettes Végétales sans gluten”

Class 22: Innovation

Joint Winner FINAT: Source Labels, UK for “Fortnum and Mason Beluga 000 Fresh Caviar”

Joint Winner JFLP: Shibatasesco Co., Japan for “Instant Pocket Label”

Joint Winner LMAI: Mudrika Labels Pvt., India for “Colgate Deep Cleaning”

This is the fifth year that the L9 World label Awards Association has included five additional awards representing the “Best of the Best” entries from the principal printing processes selected during the judging process. The awards will be presented at the Tarsus (http://www.tarsus.com) Global Awards event which will be held during Labelexpo Americas 2018 in Chicago in September 2018. The winners were selected from the winning entries in the L9 World label Awards competition from the following classes: Flexography, Letterpress, Offset Litho, Combination Printing, and Digital Printing.


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