October 16, 2009
by Canadian Packaging Staff
The award winners for the following categories were:
The R. Stanton Avery Lifetime Achievement Award: Michael Fairley
Michael Fairley has been writing and talking about labels for more than 30 years. As both the founder of Labels & Labeling and the Cowise International Publishing Group and a successful industry consultant, he has consistently been at the forefront of introducing the latest innovations in label materials, technology, markets and applications.
Label Industry Award for Continuous Innovation: EskoArtwork
EskoArtwork was the unanimous winner for its dedication to continuously advancing the science and technology of the label industry in both hardware and software for many years. Commited to continuous innovation, it ensures the ongoing evolution of its software solutions by delivering an average of two software releases per year. Core EskoArtwork competencies lie in digital flexo, color management, specific prepress software for labels and tags, workflow automation and digital printing workflow. EskoArtwork continues to bring innovation to its portfolio of offerings across a wide range of categories.
Label Industry Award for New Innovation: EFI Jetrion
EFI’s Jetrion 4000 UV Inkjet System has evolved into a full-color narrow web alternative to toner-based digital printers for label runs of up to 50,000 labels, combining EFI’s core strengths of workflow, RIP technology, ink development and machine manufacturing to offer converters an affordable route into short run, variable data printing. With speeds of up to 30.5 meters (100 ft) /min at more than 1,000 dpi (dots per inch) with grayscale technology, the Jetrion 4000 delivers full-color label and variable data printing up to 13.9-cms (5.5-inches) wide. The system also features Jetrion’s advanced UV4000 ink set which provides exceptional durability and eliminates the need for costly over-laminates.
European Converter of the Year Award: Rako Group
The Rako Group was founded in 1969, currently with more than 90 printing machines and 1,000 employees, it generated approximately €178-million (~$275-million CDN) was generated in 2008. Besides several locations in Germany, Rako is expanding its international business with further production sites in Europe and Asia, including a new production site in Hangzhou, China. As a technology pioneer in the labels sector, Rako was the first German label producer with Indigo digital offset-printing capacities in Europe and has pioneered internet connectivity to its customers for the transfer of electronic data and ordering. The company also runs a security label division that specializes in electronic theft-protection.
The Green Award: GEW
The Green Award honors companies taking collaborative action to reduce their impact on the environment before restrictive legislation is imposed. GEW, located in Surrey, U.K., is the world market leader in manufacturing UV curing systems for the labelling and web printing industries, and won the award for its e-System UV ink curing equipment which reduces running power by 30 per cent and decreases CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions by 30 per cent while extending lamp life and bringing cost savings to users. The e-System can be incorporated into any press type and has a current global breadth.