Winners revealed at Label Industry Global Awards

Innovative, creative and commercially successful work from the label and package printing industry has been rewarded at the Label Industry Global Awards 2017.

The people behind innovations introduced over the past 12 months were presented with trophies in front of over 500 industry peers at a gala dinner held on September 25, as part of this year’s Labelexpo Europe in Brussels.

The R. Stanton Avery Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Avery Dennison, was given to Professor Tan, the founder and honorary chairman of the China Label Sub Association of the Printing Equipment Industries Association of China (PEIAC).

The Award for Innovation (for companies with more than 300 employees), sponsored by Flint Group Narrow Web, was presented to Herma for its superTack (63Vst). The same award also went to Aim for its Ultracode that enables the automatic capture of data by any digital colour camera or smartphone.

ebeam Technologies took the Award for Sustainability, sponsored by Labels & Labelling Magazine, for its compact curing unit. The award was given for the company’s development of a compact electron beam curing system for narrow-web presses, which now makes low-energy, photo-initiator-free, curing accessible for label and package printing production.

Mike Fairley, chair of the judges, said, “It is through the sheer determination and tenacity of our many colleagues that our industry has continued to push the boundaries of excellence and technology to meet and exceed the challenges that we all face. Our annual awards highlight these companies and individuals and share first class examples of the success that has been achieved in just the past 12 months. I, on behalf of the judging panel, would like to commend and congratulate our finalists and winners and thank them for giving us an excellent showcase of their spirit and commitment to the world of label printing. Their developments and innovations are helping extend the life of our wider industry and I hope their success stories help inspire others to push ahead with our industry’s continued development and give us extra drive for improvement in the future.”

The judges for the award’s 14th edition included: Thomas Hagmaier, past-president of Finat; Craig Moreland, chairman of TLMI; Rosina Obermayer, editor of NarrowWebTech and Andy Thomas, strategic director, Labelexpo.