10th annual event held during 2013 Labelexpo Europe featured label companies from around the world.
September 27, 2013
by Canadian Packaging Staff
BRUSSELS, Belgium—The brightest and best of the label industry’s international community were feted at the prestigious Label Industry Global Awards 2013 as part of Labelexpo Europe.
This 10th edition of the awards honor those label companies pushing the excellence boundaries in service and product design and performance.
Italy-headquartered Ritrama S.p.A’s Tomas Rink received the highest bestowed accolade, the 2013 R. Stanton Avery Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Avery Dennison. Recognizing the vision and values of Stan Avery and his pioneering efforts, Tomas Rink joins fellow label industry leaders including RotoMetric’s Steve Lee, Helmut Schreiner and Lars Eriksen from Nilpeter.
Eshuis and its Coca Cola ‘Share a coke with…’ project triumphed in the European Converter of the Year Award, sponsored by Flint Group. The judges were impressed by how Eshuis has played the lead role in the soft drink giant’s marketing campaign which involved bringing together 18 European label printers all under Eshuis’ direction as a major brand service provider.
The Award for Sustainability, sponsored by Xeikon, was presented to Avery Dennison for its Bottle-to-Bottle Portfolio of pressure-sensitive labels. Developed to address critical barriers to the effective recycling of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles, Avery Dennison’s Bottle-to-Bottle portfolio of pressure-sensitive adhesives incorporate a ‘switchable’ adhesive which adheres to PET surfaces until a bond is broken at the recycler, so cleanly releasing the label from the PET. The judges saw the innovation as offering major sustainability benefits for global consumer products end-users.
Attracting the highest ever number of entrants, the Label Industry Global Award for Innovation, sponsored by Labels & Labeling, NarroWebTech and Label & Narrow Web magazines, was jointly won by Mark Andy and Flint Group Narrow Web.
Flint Group was honored for its Ekocure UV LED ink technology which the judges described as providing improved cure response, cost and productivity savings, waste reduction, energy savings and enhanced safety that will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the future of the label industry.
Mark Andy was singled out for its complementary ProLED ink curing technology which delivers high production rates and energy savings in excess of 50 per cent when compared to traditional HUV systems.