Avery Global Achievement Award to Federico D’Annunzio

The Label Industry Global Awards 2020

Federico D'Annunzio, product owner, Hybrid & Label Printing, Bobst, explaining that the ink-on-demand which was shown on another innovative Bobst label press is an optional extra for DigiFlexo print units that replaces conventional inking reservoirs with a single rubber pipe that dispenses 30 grams of ink to the print unit. Photo PSA
Federico D'Annunzio, product owner, Hybrid & Label Printing, Bobst, explaining that the ink-on-demand which was shown on another innovative Bobst label press is an optional extra for DigiFlexo print units that replaces conventional inking reservoirs with a single rubber pipe that dispenses 30 grams of ink to the print unit. Photo PSA

Federico D’Annunzio, Bobst Group, has been chosen as the recipient of the esteemed R Stanton Avery Global Achievement Award 2020. This is one of five Label Industry Global Awards categories, judging for which took place in July. These annual awards are now in their 17th edition. All winners will be celebrated in a special online announcement in September.

D’Anunzio the passionate futurist

Sponsored by Avery Dennison, the R. Stanton Avery Global Achievement Award recognizes an innovation or idea that has helped transform and progress the label industry across the world. Bestowed in memory of Stan Avery’s pioneering spirit and values, the award reflects the global nature of the industry and recognizes the collective contributions of the many as well as individuals.

D’Annunzio has been a passionate advocate of the digitization of the conventional label printing process. He joined the label industry at a time when two to three hours were required to change jobs and the operator was the master of quality. Today, with a combination of innovations that d’Annunzio has led, a complete job changeover takes around one minute. Quality control is fully digitalized with a closed-loop system monitoring pressure, register and color, all independent of the operator’s skill set.

An active member of FINAT for several years, he helped focus the association on new ideas and attracting new members. He led the setting up of REVO, a team of leading industry players co-operating to promote and optimize extended color gamut printing in the flexo label industry, allowing spot colors to be printed using a fixed seven-color ink system without changing inks between jobs.

He was also instrumental in establishing the UVFoodSafe group, where key industry players worked together to promote the best practice in the use of UV inks in indirect food contact labels and flexible packaging applications. After the acquisition of Gidue, Federico took on a senior technology innovation role at Bobst.

Previous winners of the R. Stanton Avery Global Achievement Award include: Jim DeFife of Multi-Color Corporation, Alex Knott, of Dow Chemical Company, Professor Tan of PEIAC, Tomas Rink of Ritrama, Helmut Schreiner of Schreiner Group, Suzanne Zaccone of GSI Technologies, and Neil McDonough of FlexCon.

This year’s international judging panel has also drawn up the shortlist for the other four awards, which are as follows (listed in alphabetical order):

The Award for Innovation (for companies with more than 300 employees):
Avery Dennison
HP Indigo
Lenze SE
Paper Machine Converting Company
The Award for Innovation (for companies with up to 300 employees):
GEW (EC) Limited
GMG Color

The Rising Star Award sponsored by the Label Academy and Avery Dennison:
Andrew M. Boyd
Elizabeth Yerecic
Jesse Freitas
Lindsey Muchka
Vineeth Bhandari

The Environmental & Sustainability Award:
Avery Dennison
Avery Dennison Brazil
Phoseon Technology

Mike Fairley, founder of the Label Academy and chair of the judges, said, “Once again, the judging panel was impressed by the high quality of entries to this year’s Label Industry Global Awards, so drawing up the shortlist was no easy task. Nevertheless, we unanimously agreed that Federico D’Annunzio was the stand-out choice for the prestigious R. Stanton Avery Global Achievement Award, with endorsements from all corners of the world.

“What really stood out for us was the wide range of Federico’s creative and innovative solutions that between them have had such an impact on the fast-changing world of label press design, productivity and performance. We look forward to honoring him and all our winners in September.”

Also on the judging panel for this year’s awards were: James Quirk, group managing editor, Labels & Labeling; Chris Ellison, president, FINAT; Craig Moreland, past chairman, TLMI; Greg Hrinya, editor, Label & Narrow Web; and Jean Poncet, editor-in-chief, MP MEDIAS.

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Editor of Indian Printer and Publisher since 1979 and Packaging South Asia since 2007. Trained as an offset printer and IBM 360 computer programmer. Active in the movement to implement Indian scripts for computer-aided typesetting. Worked as a consultant and trainer to the Indian print and newspaper industry. Visiting faculty of IDC at IIT Powai in the 1990s. Also founder of IPP Services, Training and Research and has worked as its principal industry researcher since 1999. Author of book: Miracle of Indian Democracy.


  1. Congratulations to Federico on winning the Avery Global Achievement Award. I worked with Federico and the GiDue team, and have seen his passion for Narrow Web Flexo and the innovations he made in the last many years. These including the famous FLOWER concept are followed by many leading flexo press manufacturers around the world.


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