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Thu 23 November 2017

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The FlexoTech Awards 2017


Supreme award


Whitmar Publications' managing director Rob Mulligan (second left) and sales director Lindsey Pearson (far right) with the Interket team and representatives from Reproflex3 and MPS

Labels (process)
Sponsored by Dantex

Interket for Little Garden Of Eden 1 Litre Semi-Skimmed Milk


(L-R) Interket sales and operating director Tim Pattison, awards host Matt Le Tissier, Vince Hughes, coating and technical manager Interket, and Ross Holloway, technical sales representative, Dantex

 The judges said: The ability to print this complex design out of the four colour set was remarkable. Registration was extremely good and the use os sophisticated screen technology enabled the reversed out areas to appear very sharp.

Also nominated:

Reflex Group for Blue Bottle Artisan Gin
New Era Labels for Comfort Concentrated Fabric Softener 400 ml
Reflex Group for ASDA Breaded Chicken Steaks

Labels (line and tone)
Sponsored by MacDermid Graphics Solutions

AJS Labels for L'Oréal Magic Retouch Beige


Phil Smith, managing director, AJS Labels (centre) and Andy Beesley, sales manager northern Europe, MacDermid Graphic Solutions

The judges said: The judges were impressed with the ability to combine fine type on a solid background and printing on the reverse, while keeping very tight register. Utilising 12 colours, this very simple design was produced to perfection.

Also nominated:

The Label Makers for Drambuie Isle of Skye Liqueur
Collotype Labels for Cù Bòcan Highland Single Malt Whisky 1988 Limited Edition
Uniflex CLSC for Dugladze Ranina semi sweet white

Flexible packaging (narrow)
Sponsored by Fujifilm

New Era Labels for Nola Sunflower Oil


Receiving the award on behalf of New Era Labels, regional sales director at Esko, Karsten Nygård (centre), and Fujifilm account manager, William Hearn

The judges said: The notable features of this entrant were the very clear, sharp illustration incorporating delicate flesh tones, as well as the good reversed text in the solid areas.

Also nominated:

Eko Pak Vladicin Han for Benlian Food Rice Snacks Olive Oil & Tomato
Royston Labels for Admiral Collingwood Navy Strength Hand Crafted Gin

Flexible packaging (medium)
Sponsored by hubergroup UK

Sunshine FPC for Jewelled Nougat Delight

Stuart Edwards receiving the award on behalf of Sunshine FPC and David Ward, managing director hubergroup UK (right)

The judges said: The quality of this print was far and away the outright winner. The high standard of the illustration and the repro was superb. One of the best examples demonstrating how good the flexo process has become.

Also nominated:

Wipak (UK) for Sharwood's Egg Fried Rice
FFP Packaging Solutions for Swizzels Scary Mix
Ab Westpak for Fazer Dumle Original
Roberts Mart & Co for White Malteser Hot Chocolate

Flexible packaging (wide)
Sponsored by DuPont Advanced Printing

Roberts Mart & Co for Simply Sumptuous Crunch Granola

Managing director, Roberts Mart, William Roberts (centre) and Paul Hammons, sales manager Northern Europe, DuPont Advanced Printing

The judges said: The printing of the solid colour was carried out perfectly and contrasted well with the high quality of the illustrations. The register was perfect.

Also nominated:

FFP Packaging Solutions for Moose Shopkins Cake Slices
Sunshine FPC for Extraordinary Fruit Roasted Figs and Apricots

Interflex Group Sunderland for Muller Light Yoghurt Party Dress Promotion

Coveris High Performance Packaging for Iceland Luxury 4 All Butter Croissants

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

Reflex Group for Henriettes Lam Ytrefilet

(L-R) Paul Sefton, operations manager, Reflex Group Newcastle, Simon Mitchell, joint managing director, IST (UK) Limited, and NPD manager, Reflex Group Newcastle, Alan Quinn

The judges said: The judges were impressed with sharp contrast between the dense black and the product illustration. The printing showed good trapping and very fine printing of the highlight areas.

Also nominated:

Reflex Group for Henriettes Lam Flatbiff
Golden Era Printers (Flexo Division) for Kellogg's Frozen Limited Edition Cereal

Corrugated post-print (C flute and above)
Sponsored by GMG Color

Wellpappe Auerswalde for Majestic - Pompe De Filtration Master
Corrugated c

CEO Andreas Bader, Wellpappe Auerswalde (centre) and sales manager, GMG Color, Rob Thurston

The judges said: This delicate illustration incorporated in the large solid areas enhanced the product illustrations. Colour consistency and registration were perfect throughout

Also nominated:

SaicaPack Thatcham for Dettol Cleansing Surface Wipes Family Pack
Stora Enso Packaging Tychy for Nikpol Sausages
TFP Kornik for Thule Proride Bike Carrier

Corrugated post-print (E and F flute)
Sponsored by Bobst

DS Smith Burscough for Whyte & Mackay Jura Single Malt Scotch Whisky Sweet or Smoky Pack

(L-R) Print development manager, James Jolley, print operator Kieran Addy, and managing director, David Richardson, DS Smith Burscough, with Neil Jones, managing director Bobst UK & Ireland

The judges said: The quality of the illustrations and the depth of colour achieved in the solid areas enabled an eye-catching design to be produced. Registration was uniform throughout this large sheet.

Also nominated:

Diamond Corrugated for Splash Orange Juice Drink 10 Pouches
DS Smith Burscough for Müller Light Yoghurts 12 pack
Smurfit Kappa Chelmsford for Martin Miller's Gin 12 x 5 cl

Combination printing
Sponsored by Harper Corporation

AJS Labels for L'Oréal Magic Retouch Beige

Phil Smith, managing director, and Jayne Scrimgeour, director, AJS Labels, with Debbie Bridgland, FlexoTech account manager on behalf of Harper Corporation

The judges said: The use of foiling to enhance this label was carried out very well and the judges were impressed with the exacting register of the gold to the printed illustration. A very well executed label.

Also nominated:

Olympus Print Group for Riverglen View Chardonnay
Collotype Labels for Grant's Elementary Cu Copper 29 Year Old Box Label
Reflex Group for Blue Bottle Artisan Dry Gin

Best use of flexo within a single forme
Sponsored by Lohmann Adhesive Tape Systems

Midland Regional Printers for Purety Ultimate Marinade Glaze Range

(L-R) Managing director, Steve Bates and Catherine Tew, sales and marketing, Midland Regional Printers (MRP), Silvia Castellato, senior market manager, market and product management graphics EMEA, Lohmann Adhesive Tape Systems, Stephen Tew, founder and Matt Seaford, business development manager, MRP

The judges said: One of the best examples of the use of flexo in printing a complex set of designs from the four colour set, with registration and vibrancy being maintained throughout.

Also nominated:

DS Smith Packaging for Comfort Me Jam Roly Poly & Custard
Pa-Hu for Hyvinvointia Ja Elinvoimaa  

Sacks and corrugated pre-print liner
Sponsored by UTECO Group

DS Smith Packaging for Classic Ales - Christmas Collection Multi Pack


Steven Ferbrache, print manager, DS Smith Packaging (left), and Ettore Roina, area sales manager, Uteco Group

The judges said: This funky design incorporating product shots was printed to a very high standard. The colour consistency and registration was also of an excellent quality.

Also nominated:

Smurfit Kappa CRP for Rowenta X-trem Power Vacuum Cleaner
Cepac for Iceland Farmer's Market Strawberries

Flexo job previously printed by another process
Sponsored by Asahi Photoproducts

Roberts Mart & Co for Simply Sumptuous Crunchy Oat Granola

William Roberts, managing director, Roberts Mart (left), and Paul Chant, UK business manager, Asahi Photoproducts

The judges said: This job, previously printed by gravure, highlighted the strength of colour and ability to print very fine screens that the flexo process now achieves.

Also nominated:

Interflex Group Sunderland for Quality Street Matchmaker Minis
Americk Packaging Enniskillen for Rundum Stiftsquelle Mineral Water Medium 1 Litre

Digital labels and packaging
Sponsored by Xeikon

CS Labels for Northern Monk Patrons Project Coffee Porter

(L-R) Simon Smith, managing director, and Adam James, production director, CS Labels, with Duncan Sargeant, sales manager, labels and packaging, Xeikon

The judges said: The winner showed how digital print is able to push the appeal beyond the norm - combining print and finishing fantastically.

Also nominated:

CS Labels for Hampshire Dry Gin
Ulitmate Digital for Nims Fruit Crisps
Royston Labels for Honeyrose Earth Impact Widow Herbal Smoking Mixture (Coffee)
Abbey Lables for Mr Sam's Fantastical Botanical Elixirs

Innovation - printing equipment
Sponsored by EFIA

Flexomaid for Aeromaid Anilox Cleaning System

(L-R) Receiving the award on behalf of Flexomaid, Ian Bates, managing director, and company chairman, Les Bradley, from LPP, with Andy Young, chairman EFIA

The judges said: Incorporating compressed air and specialised cleaning solutions, this environmentally friendly solution simplifies the cleaning of anilox rollers. It Incorporates a cartridge system that utilises different cleaning agents for different ink systems

Also nominated:

Tecscan for Smart Solutions Die Cut to Print Registration
AV Flexologic for TAMM 1700 Tape Automatic Mounting Machine
Polymount International for Polymount Film Cleaner

Innovation - packaging
Sponsored by Graphic Republik

Eshuis for Coca-Cola Bow Label

(L-R) Senior vice president sales, Constantia Flexibles, Jörg Waldolf, Peter Overbeek, CEO Eshuis, and Steve Donegan, managing director, Graphic Republik

The judges said: The flexo process was an integral part of this innovation, which enables the consumer to create a 'bow' from the label, is another unique feature that enables product sales to increase.

Also nominated:

Parkside Flexibles for Seabrook Lattice Crisps Reclosable Sharing Pack