AWA International Sleeve Label Awards 2019

Entries open for sleeve label awards

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Alexander Watson Associates

AWA Alexander Watson’s annual International Sleeve Label Awards, in their third year and a recognized feature of the sleeve label industry’s calendar, are now open for entries for the 2019 competition. Participants at all levels of the shrink and stretch sleeve label industry supply chain, from material supplier and designer to end user/brand owner, can submit entries. A special entry category rewards a notable environmental contribution, and the judges may also award a ‘best of show’ trophy to an entry they consider outstanding.

AWA Alexander Watson Associates launched their Sleeve Label Awards  to reward quality and originality in the design, production, and application of all types of sleeve label – one of labeling’s newest and fastest-growing technologies. Today, sleeve labels are right at the heart of several end-use markets, particularly bottled drinks, and continuing to grow.

Entries will be accepted until the end of February 2019. They will be judged by an international panel of industry experts, and winners will be announced and awards presented during the AWA International Sleeve Label Conference and Exhibition being held in Amsterdam, 1-2 April 2019 – the industry’s only dedicated conference, and a major event in the calendar for the last thirteen years. Entry forms for the AWA International Sleeve Label Awards can be accessed via the AWA website – www.awa-bv.com. z

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