BALTIMORE, MD – April 27, 2014 – Three months ago, 33 members of the flexographic community donned their judging hats and journeyed to Baltimore, MD to evaluate hundreds of entries in the FTA 2014 Excellence in Flexography Awards. Medals were awarded, consisting of:
- 28 gold medals
- 34 silver medals
- 38 bronze medals
- 6 best of show honors, bestowed on the very best gold medal winning entries
Tonight, at an awards dinner and gala event, the winners were announced. They will be on display tomorrow and Tuesday at the 2014 INFO*FLEX Exhibition. Taking home best of show in the 2014 Excellence in Flexography Awards are:
- Sunshine FPC, Inc., for its Seafood Medley In A Ginger Noodle Broth Wrapper
- Marvaco Oy Ltd, for its Falcon BBQ Wrapper
- Cellotape-Landmark, for its Ron Teeguarden’s Dragon Herbs Tonic Alchemy Label
- Lewisburg Container Co., for its Boulevard Brewing Co. Pale Ale Box
- RockTenn Co., for its Hartz Multi Cat Litter Box
- Mac Papers Envelope Converters, Inc., for its Dish Cinema Multi Sport Pack Envelope
Judges commented on overall improvements, various special effect applications and other particular notables:
“There were brighter colors and higher densities, resulting in bolder color builds. We also saw some really nice screen work done in spot colors.” – Scott McLeod, robbie fantastic flexibles.
“Cleaner and more consistent printing.” – Peter Menzian, DuPont Packaging Graphics.
“Fades to zero have improved. I attribute this to better screening technology.” – Cayleigh Nichols, Esko.
“Cleaner print and finer dots are all things that were seen due to these advancements that bring benefits to both the printer, package and end user.” – Dan Crammer, Best Label.
“Greater image detail and depth. Better ink coverage. Technical advancements in ink, anilox and plates. Line clarity continues to improve. More printers have embraced technological advancements resulting in better overall print results. Quality continues to improve and it’s here to stay. Increased color gamut and tonal range.” – Bill Malm, Flexo Wash.
“Samples look much better every year.” – Bart Wright, InterFlex Group.
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About FTA: Flexographic Technical Association (FTA), chartered in 1958, is a professional society dedicated to bringing all members of the flexographic printing community—printers, suppliers, consumer product companies, institutions, prepress houses and others—together by providing opportunities for the free exchange of technical ideas and discussion of mutual concerns. It is a proponent of maintaining and advancing quality standards and includes 1,650 member sites that represent more than 1,400 companies and 60,000 individuals. Foundation of FTA, founded in 1974, is the educational arm of FTA and is dedicated to supporting and advancing the flexographic printing industry.