The Label Industry Global Awards has named this year’s winners in an online video announcement.
The awards recognise innovative, influential and successful work from the labels and package printing industry across the globe. Mike Fairley, chair of the judges, said, “On behalf of the judging panel, I commend and congratulate all this year’s Label Industry Global Awards finalists and winners. Their innovation, leadership, sustainability, and dedication is a fantastic inspiration to the label and package printing industry.
“It is vital that we recognise their achievements and contribution to moving our global industry ever forward. This is especially so, in the absence of a live awards ceremony, as we weather these unprecedented Covid times.”
The Award for Innovation, for companies with up to 300 employees, went to GMG Color for its GMG ColorCard digital proofing system. This entry impressed judges with its ability to enable printers to achieve significant time and cost savings. Proofs are colour accurate first time, with very tight delta tolerances. Substrate changes are quickly recalculated and printed.
The Award for Innovation, for companies with more than 300 employees, went jointly to Lenze SE and Paper Machine Converting Company. Lenze SE uses data already available in a press servo drive to provide smart condition monitoring instead of adding extra sensors. Judges regard this innovation as a look to the future. The company says this innovation has the potential to transform how to build and maintain machines. Developed in house, Paper Machine Converting Company’s Meridian Elite laser ablation technology enables anilox cleaning. Judges say this innovation completely eliminates the possibility of hotspots and provides higher performance and reliability. It also allows customers to have complete documentation of the cleaning process for the life cycle of their anilox.
Avery Dennison Brazil won the Environmental & Sustainability Award. Its circular programme connects converters, brand owners, recyclers and others, to direct waste that would have previously been discarded in landfills into the production of cellulose paper and paper towels. Judges recognised it as a blueprint for the future development of the industry.
The Rising Star Award, sponsored by the Label Academy and Avery Dennison, went to Elizabeth Yerecic. Since joining Yerecic Label full-time in 2017, she has already become a key figure in the company’s growth. She was quick to join the workforce development committee at TLMI and helped to co-chair two successful sessions. She heads Yerecic’s Product Development Cross Functional Team, and successfully launched Yerecic Label’s SustainLabel! line. A passionate environmentalist, she also lobbied for Yerecic Label to join the Association of Plastics Recyclers and quickly became an active member.
Federico D’Annunzio, of Bobst Group received the final award, the R. Stanton Avery Global Achievement Award. Avery Dennison sponsors this award, bestowed in memory of Stan Avery’s pioneering spirit and values. It honours the contribution an influential individual has made which has positively impacted the growth of the international label industry.
D’Annunzio has spent his entire career in the industry. Judges called him a passionate and innovative leader in digitising the conventional label printing process so as to shorten set-up times and improve productivity.
The Label Industry Global Awards 2020 category finalists were:
Award for Innovation, for companies with up to 300 employees
Award for Innovation, for companies with more than 300 employees
Paper Machine Converting Company
Award for Sustainability
Avery Dennison Brazil
Rising Star Award
Andrew M Boyd