“The competition clearly shows narrow web converters’ strive for excellence; year after year we are impressed with the submissions – the complexity of design and print, and the creative use of Flint Group inks,” said Niklas Olsson, global brand manager for Flint Group Packaging and Narrow Web. “It is clear that our customers see this as a significant event as we are pleased to see the number of submissions rising year after year.”
Criteria for judging followed the guidelines that are standards set by the industry associations FINAT and TLMI, and included registration, smoothness of dot/vignette, overall print quality, and degree of difficulty. The judges also reviewed each label for creative use of inks and color – rewarding those prints that exhibit extraordinary use of inks.
More than 120 converters joined the competition in 2011 - of those entries, 12 winners are announced – all submissions using inks, coatings and specialty products from Flint Group. These winning companies will be presented with a special glass trophy to recognize this success:
• Cenveo MM&T, Canada
• Wintek Flexo Prints, India
• Perflex Label, Canada
• A.C.M. Srl, Italy
• Labelcrafters, USA
• Nosco, USA
• Grafiche Federighi Srl., Italy
• The Label Factory, Ireland
• Smyth Companies LLC, USA
• CymMetrik (Shanghai) Printing Co., Ltd., China
• RAKO Group, Germany
• Automacao Ind. Com. De Rotulos E. Etiquetas Ltd., Brazil
“It is truly an honour to see the prints submitted by our customers. Each year we look forward to the judging; it is amazing to see what converters around the world can do with the inks we supply them. It’s encouraging to see that our customers become more and more sophisticated in their printing – truly pushing the bar in cutting edge designs and application of inks.” explains Mike Buystedt, director of sales for Flint Group Packaging and Narrow Web.
The Narrow Web Print Awards will continue in 2012 at Labelexpo Chicago in September. Narrow web converters from around the world are encouraged to submit printed samples and join this friendly and professional competition of colourful use of inks, design, and print.