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Wed 10 October 2018

Royal Lancaster London Lancaster Terrace London W2 2TY

Closing date

20 Jul 2018


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The FlexoTech Awards

2018 Winners 

Supreme award
Sponsored by Whitmar Publications

Kenkō Koi Fish Food Colour Plus by Hamilton Adhesive Labels


(L-R) FlexoTech advertising manager, Debbie Bridgland, awards host, Patrick Kielty, national sales manager, Paul Humpage, operations director, Paul Larkin, managing director, Chris Marsh, production manager, Seb Bolingbroke, Hamilton Adhesive Labels and Whitmar Publications managing director, Lindsey Pearson

The judges said: 'We've been impressed at first glance and the more we were checking the quality, the more we were convinced to be looking at a really 'first in class' piece of work.'

Labels (process)
Sponsored by Dantex Group

Kenkō Koi Fish Food Colour Plus by Hamilton Adhesive Labels

Labels (process)

(L-R) Patrick Kielty, Seb Bolingbroke, production manager, Hamilton Adhesive Labels, Dantex Group's business development manager, Simon Cosh and Chris Marsh, Hamilton Adhesive Labels' managing director

The judges said: 'Incredible vignettes to paper white, smallest dots ever seen in flexo, sharp text and high colour density. A superb promoter of flexo.'

Also nominated
Puréety Ultimate Marinade Sauce: Soy, Ginger and Garlic by Midland Regional Printers
Sunlight Extra Nature Dishwashing Liquid by New Era Labels
Vilsen Micellalure Shampooing pour Cheveux by Flex-n-Roll

Labels (line and tone)
Sponsored by Focus Label Machinery

Pale Fox Vadle delle Volpi Asolo Prosecco by MCC England

Labels (line and tone)

(L-R) MCC England's commercial manager Amy Walker, sales manager Amy Chambers and Focus Label Machinery's sales manager, Antony Cotton

The judges said: 'Packaging and labels don't always have to be full of ink! This entry plays with light shades printed very well.'

Also nominated
Clearsprings Sauvignon Blanc 2018 by Olympus Print Group
Wildcat Gin by MCC Scotland
Burger Bliss Iberico Burger by Reflex Newcastle

Flexible packaging narrow web
Sponsored by Cheshire Anilox Technology

Marie Risotto aux Champignons de Paris by BRJ (Athena Grapics)

Flexible narrow

(L-R) Philippe Gueguen, Chargé d'affaires at Palamy BRJ, Marc Vanneste business unit and sales manager France at Athena Graphics, and Cheshire Anilox Technology's UK sales manager, Paul Morrell

The judges said: 'Extremely challenging, fade out vignettes at high screen ruling with very small highlight dots and a clever use of the fixed colour palette.'

Also nominated
Urban Crunch Nuts by Clifton Packaging Group
Dell'Ugo Spiced Butternut Squash Ravioli by Saica Flex Haverhill
Leader Foods Chef's Lactose Free Cocoa Drink Powder by Westpak Finland

Flexible packaging medium web
Sponsored by hubergroup

Gotovim Vmeste spices by Uniflex CJSC

Flexible medium

(L-R) Nikolay Shestak on behalf of Uniflex CJSC and hubergroup sales director, flexible packaging, north west Europe, Hal Halil

The judges said: 'Clever and good use of colours to enhance the gamut and obtain vibrant results. Very small highlights and clean text with sharp edges.'

Also nominated
Flaming Pearl Prime Rib Bao Bun by Sunshine FPC
Vitacat Healthy Balance Ocean Fish 800g by Roberts Mart & Co
The Real Butcher Burger 4 x 140g by Wipak Finland

Flexible packaging wide web
Sponsored by Koenig & Bauer

Espresso Monte-Carlo Velluto Bio 10 Capsules by Roberts Mart & Co

Flexible wide

(L-R) William Roberts, managing director, Roberts Mart & Co, and Koenig & Bauer's international sales and marketing director Stefano Squarcina

The judges said: 'Effective natural feel on a difficult substrate, very crisp and tiny text with a consistent background.'

Also nominated
Slimming World 6 Hot Dog Sausages by Reflex Flexible Packaging
Alma Keefir 2.5% 1 litre by Elecster
Burton's Fish 'N' Chips Sour Cream & Chive by Saica Flex Buxton

UV flexo, paper and board
Sponsored by IST (UK)

The Black Farmer Pork Mince by Reflex Newcastle

UV flexo

(L-R) Reflex Newcastle's NPD & Innovation manager Alan Quinn, sales manager Allyson Potter and IST UK's joint managing director, Simon Mitchell

The judges said: 'High ink saturation, particularly good colour separation with the smallest dots vignetting to paper white, as well as very sharp and defined black negative text and very good ink coverage.'

Also nominated
Hayman's of London Sloe Gin by MCC England
Gillette Fusion 5 ProShield by Leading Edge Labels & Packaging
Tesco Chargrilled Artichokes Garlic and Herb by Coveris Cramlington

Corrugated post-print (C flute and above)
Sponsored by MacDermid Graphics Solutions

Naked Noodle Singapore Curry Noodle Pots 12 x 78g by Smurfit Kappa Inspirepac

Corrugated (C flute)

(L-R) Smurfit Kappa Inspirepac's Ross Knowles, printer, technical support manager, Keith Hullah and MacDermid's territory manager UK & Ireland, Matt Bates

The judges said: 'Vibrant colours and good densities make this product very fit for purpose despite the challenges of the substrate.'

Also nominated
Stallhagen Honungsöl Pale Lager 12 x 355ml by DS Smith Finland
Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Traditional Kentish Ale 8 x 500ml by DS Smith Burscough
Johnnie Walker Black Label Limited Edition Design by DS Smith Packaging Livingston

Corrugated post-print (E and F flute)
Sponsored by Harper Corporation of America

Kemppi Gamma Welding Helmet and Respirator by Stora Enso Packaging Lahti

Corrugated (E and F flute)

(L-R) Mika Vilppunen, production engineer, Stora Enso Packaging Lahti, Harper Corporation of America's vice president of sales, Alan Rogers, and machine operator, Aleksi Koivisto, Stora Enso Packaging Lahti

The judges said: 'Excellent use of CMYK separations, excellent grey balance, clean and small text. A perfect example of a profitable use of flexo.'

Also nominated
Harringtons Cat Food by Smurfit Kappa Inspirepac
Sleepyhead Deluxe Plus Baby Pod by Stora Enso Packaging
Greene King Golden Beer Selection 12 x 500ml by Saica Pack South

Combination printing
Sponsored by Flint Group Narrow Web

Gillette Fusion 5 ProShield by Leading Edge Labels & Packaging


(L-R) Andy Jeffs, engineering manager and Keith Haines, print production manager, Leading Edge Labels & Packaging, Flint Group's regional manager narrow web - UK and Ireland, Keith Redmond

The judges said: 'Superb contrast, high screen count and excellent ink transfer. This is a superb example of flexo doing better than its big competitor offset in the folding carton segment.'

Also nominated
Shackleton Blended Malt Scotch Whisky by MCC Scotland
The Infusionist Passionfruit Gin Liquer by The Label Makers
Opihr Gin & Tonic with a Twist of Orange by Reflex Label Plus Keighley

Best use of process colours only
Sponsored by Lohmann Adhesive Tape Systems

Nestlé Aero Purely Chocolate Bubbles by Interflex Group Sunderland

Best use of process

(L-R) Print co-ordinator Jonathan Watson Interflex Group Sunderland and Lohmann Adhesive Tape Systems senior market manager - market and product management graphics EMEA, Silvia Casellato

The judges said: 'Masterly use of CMYK with intelligently combining metallic effects by lamination, substrate none the less holding the 'copper' look. Good colour management.'

Also nominated
ASDA 10 Garlic and Chilli Baguette Slices by FFP Packaging Solutions
Tesco Ready to Eat Chilli and Lime Steamed Salmon Chunks by Reflex Newcastle
Fruit Bowl Juicy Yogurt Raisins by Roberts Mart & Co

Sacks and corrugated pre-print liner
Sponsored by Uteco Group

Beck's German Brewing Heritage 24 Pack by Smurfit Kappa CRP Pre-Print

Sacks and corrugated

(L-R) Jim Northern and Dave Moffatt, Smurfit Kappa CRP, and Uteco Group sales and marketing director, Davide Cucinella

The judges said: 'Particularly high ink saturation at very smooth laydown, simple but striking from contrast. That with a challenging size of format, registration is critical, with good highlights and better than what competitive processes could have done with only CMYK.'

Also nominated
Marston's Classic Ales 6 x 500ml by DS Smith Packaging Belper
Organic Meadow 2% Partly Skimmed Milk 24 x 250ml by Packaging Technologies Inc

Flexo print job previously produced by another process
Sponsored by Esko

Purina GoCat Crunchy & Tender 4 x 800g by DS Smith Packaging Belper

Flexo print job previously produced

(L-R) DS Smith Belper general manager, Adam Platts, and Esko sales account manager, Sam Nicholson

The judges said: 'Good example of keeping the reference set by sheet fed offset. Very good ink laydown, high colour intensity, good fade-outs, better than offset.'

Also nominated
Webbox Chicken Flavour Chubb Roll Twin Pack by Roberts Mart & Co
Turf and Clover Honest Irish Meat by Reflex Newcastle

Digital labels and packaging
Sponsored by Xeikon

Hot Tub Nights Aromatherapy Crystals Pouches by CS Labels

Digital labels and packaging

(L-R) Managing director, Simon Smith, operations director, Adam James, CS Labels, and Xeikon's sales manager UK and Ireland, Duncan Sargeant

The judges said: 'Good example of how digital printing is stepping into markets where traditional printing is normally used.'

Also nominated
Bude Brewery Beer Bottle Labels by Harkwell Labels
Apotho Eau de Toilette Labels by Amberley Adhesive Labels
Bandits Maple Flavoured Moonshine Labels by MCC Canada

Promotional print
Sponsored by Sun Chemical

Plastic Free Pouch by FFP Packaging Solutions

Promotional print

(L-R) Managing director and CEO, David Cooper, print development manager, Paul Hesketh, FFP Packaging Solutions and Sun Chemical's UK and Nordic business director Richard Hulme

The judges said: 'Sustainable substrate in combination with high quality while using less ink - both in number and coverage. Enhances the direction of this company and the entire industry towards a responsible approach to packaging. '

Also nominated
Atlas Packaging Bottle Gift Pack by Atlas Packaging
Rubine Red C Wine Label by eticod flexo and digital
Crystal London Psychedelic Print by Hamilton Adhesive Labels

Sponsored by EFIA

Bellissima DMS by Hamillroad Software


(L-R) CEO Andy Cave, Hamillroad Software, and EFIA vice chairman, Andy Wilson

The judges said: 'This entry has significantly pushed flexo forward, dramatically improving the quality of print and enabling printers to achieve results not possible before.'

Also nominated
Print Control Wizard by Esko
rotec Smart Premium Sleeve by Flint Group