PLGA Annual Conference News

Fifth Conference Proves PLGA Growing Up Quickly
CLEARWATER, FL — The young Packaging & Label Gravure Assn. continues to grow, as evidenced by the group's fifth annual Marketing & Technical (PLGA) Conference. Held Feb. 28 — March 1, PFFC attended the event at the Adam's Mark Hotel in Clearwater Beach, FL. The meeting featured an impressive array of speakers, a report on the second annual competition, and a tabletop exhibit.

PLGA president Norman Dow of Avery Dennison, Decorative Technical Div., welcomed 88 attendees and introduced a session addressing on-line auctions, which provoked a lively audience discussion. Some of the questions: What do these auctions actually “cost” suppliers? Are suppliers forced to lower their prices too much? Is it only the buyer who really benefits? The panel insisted many of the questions asked could apply to any method of doing business — they are not specific to e-commerce. These auctions can benefit sellers, said the panel, but they must be open to adjusting their costs. One panel member summed up: “The on-line auction is just a tool — a means to an end.”

Other sessions covered Marketing in the Americas; The Latest from the Technical Front in Prepress, Cylinder, and Press Manufacturing; Environmental Issues; and Creating New Packaging.

The second annual Awards for Excellence in Printing were handed out to 30 winners, plus Best of Show. While the first competition drew 22 entries, this year's judges had to select from 50. Following are the winning entries.

For more information contact PLGA at 937/390-2528;

Best of Show
Category Flexible Packaging Pouches
Winner Clorox Fresh Step Crystals
Converter Nordenia USA Inc.

Judges Honors
Category Sleeves
Winner Hershey Chocolate Drink
Converter American Fuji Seal Inc.

Category Pouches
Winner Safeway Vegetable Potstickers
Converter Nordenia USA Inc.

Category Sleeves
Winner Yoo-hoo Chocolate Drink
Converter Coastal Sleeve Label Inc.

Category Stamps; Specialty Converting
Winner Carnivorous Plants
Converter Avery Dennison SPD

Category Cartons/Paperboard/Topcoated
Winner Kool Race Car Carton
Converter Alcan Packaging/Lawson Mardon

Category Flexible Packaging/Film-Film Lamination
Winner Trophy Foods Delectables
Converter Sonoco Flexible Packaging

Category Foil/Film Lamination
Winner Nabisco Strawberry Newtons
Converter Printpack Inc.

Category Foil/Paper Lamination
Winner Beer Kaese Cheese
Converter Catty Corp.

Category Flexible Packaging Bags
Winner Lindt Lindor Truffles
Converter Printpack Inc.

Category Sleeves & Tubes/Surface Printed
Winner Camouflage
Converter Sleeveco Inc.

Category Sleeves & Tubes/Reverse Printed
Winner Hydrocil
Converter Gilbreth Inc.

Category Sleeves & Tubes/Heat Shrink Less than 12%
Winner Fisher Holiday Selection
Converter Sleeveco Inc.

Category Sleeves & Tubes/Heat Shrink More Than 13%
Winner Yago Sant'Gria
Converter Multicolor Corp., Uniflex Div.

Category Non-PSA Labels or Wraps/Paper Overlaminated
Winner Hershey Chocolate Milk Mix
Converter Package Services Co. LLC

Category Non-PSA Labels or Wraps/Composite Substrate
Winner Pepsi-Cola Christmas 2001
Converter Graficos Integrados S.A. De C.V.

Category IML/Paper Non-PSA Labels & Wraps
Winner Prestone Antifreeze/Coolant
Converter Northstar Print Group

Category IML/Film
Winner Arizona Diet Green Tea
Converter Northstar Print Group

Category Non-PSA Labels & Wraps/Heat Transfer
Winner Coca-Cola Classic
Converter Avery DennisonDecorating Technologies

Category Coupons, Premiums, & Booklets
Winner Chewy Sweet Tarts
Converter Printpack Inc.

Category PSA Labels/Prime Label Film
Winner Suavitel Fresca Manzana
Converter Package Service Co. LLC

Category Medical/Pharmaceutical-Flexible Packaging
Winner Luden's Natural Herbal Cough Drops
Converter Printpack Inc.

Category Security Printing; Innovation-Process
Winner Top One Motor Oil
Converter Smurfit-Stone Container Corp., DI-NA-CAL Label Group

Category Specialty Effects/Novelty;Use of Non-Solvent Inks
Winner French Vanilla Coffee
Converter Sleeveco Inc.

Category Technical Achievement
Winner Simply Orange
Converter Smurfit-Stone Container Corp., DI-NA-CAL Label Group

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