Label Industry Global Awards 2018 – Last call for entries

There is still time to get nominating for this year’s Label Industry Global Awards, which honour the global label and package printing industry’s brightest stars and greatest achievements. Entries are  open by the 18 May 2018.

New: R. Standton Avery Pioneer Award

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Marking 15 years of Label Industry Global Awards, this year there are four prizes available. In acknowledgement of this, and new for 2018 is the R. Stanton Avery Pioneer Award, sponsored by Avery Dennison, which honours the contribution an individual has made which has really impacted the label and package printing sector, whether their pioneering work has spanned two years or two decades. Bestowed in memory of Stan Avery’s pioneering spirit and values, the award is a “significant update to the previously named R. Stanton Avery Lifetime Achievement Award”, according to the Label Awards, in order to better reflect the industry as it is today – one embracing innovation and tackling major environmental challenges such as label waste.

Previous winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award include: Professor Tan of PEIAC, Tomas Rink of Ritrama, Helmut Schreiner of Schreiner Group, Suzanne Zaccone of GSI Technologies, and Neil McDonough of FlexCon.

Innovation awards

The Award for Innovation, sponsored by Flint Group Narrow Web, goes to companies based on size; one award for those with over 300 employees and another for those with less than 300 employees. Entries must be for the development of a specific innovation by a supplier or converter in 2017 and can either be for a new business process or technology.

Herma won the 2017 Award (companies over 300 employees) for its superTack (63Vst) innovation, the world’s first resin-free adhesive for labels that require an extremely strong initial tack. More details to the winners as well as pictures to the award ceremony please find in this post!

AIM, the trade association for the automatic identification industry, won the second innovation category Award (companies with less than 300 employees) for its 2D color barcode – Ultracode – process that enables the automatic capture of data by any digital color camera or smartphone.

Sustainability awards
The Award for Sustainability acknowledges a new sustainable product or process introduced by a company during 2017. Ebeam Technologies took last year’s award for its development of a compact electron beam curing system for narrow web presses which now makes low-energy, photo-initiator-free curing accessible for label and package printing production.

Mike Fairley, chair of the judges, said: “The Label Industry Global Awards are the highest accolade within the label and package printing industry. I, along with the judging panel, never cease to be impressed with the incredibly high standard of entries from an innovative sector that’s positively brimming with talent and enthusiasm. I am very much looking forward to meeting this year’s judging panel finalists and winners at Labelexpo and to celebrating their successes.

The editor of NarrowWebTech will be once again part of the jugding panel. NarrowWebTech will report afterwards in detail – stay tuned by visiting narrowwebtech.com!

Entry is free and submissions must be received by 18 May 2018. Finalists, along with the winner of the R. Stanton Avery Pioneer Award, will be announced in June. All winners will be announced during Labelexpo Americas, held in Chicago, at a gala evening event on 25 September. Entry forms and full details of how to enter are available at www.labelawards.com.

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