On 15 September 2020, Miraclon announced that the Global Flexo Innovation Awards – to honor businesses that are pioneering the flexo industry’s transformation – are open for submissions from companies wishing to be recognized for their exciting, creative and innovative commercial packaging projects printed using Kodak Flexcel NX plates.
The awards, which are open to any prepress provider, printer, or brand (team entries are encouraged), bring together the flexo community, creating opportunities to build new contacts, relationships, and partnerships across the print and packaging industry. Entries will be judged by an independent panel of nine highly experienced flexo industry experts on four criteria – the degree of creativity in the graphic design of the project, conversion from other print processes to flexo, the efficiency of the company’s workflow, and the level of sustainable print in the project. Entries establishing excellence in two categories will receive a silver award, in three categories a gold award, and in all four categories a platinum award, demonstrating to the industry and to the winner’s customers a commitment to the highest level of print production in all aspects.
“The Global Flexo Innovation Awards is different from other competitions. It’s not about one company beating another; it’s about highlighting companies doing great work. Our goal is to demonstrate how the flexo process continues to innovate and grow, becoming more powerful as a tool,” says Christopher Horton, chair of the judging panel. “Most of the potential participants operate in the food packaging value chain, and in the current difficult environment, these companies are essential. They are working, many under difficult circumstances, to supply their product so that people can eat. While the Covid-19 crisis has been undeniably disruptive, the flexo printing value chain has played a key role in helping the world’s response. I, for one, am very much looking forward to seeing award entries displaying genuine innovations, ones with real strategic substance, which show companies driving efficient, consistent, and sustainable manufacturing processes.”
Grant Blewett, chief commercial officer at Miraclon, comments, “Flexo printing has come a long way in recent years, and still has a long way to go before the real extent of its capabilities is fully recognized. We want to help celebrate the companies that are on that journey, combining flexo printing, Kodak Flexcel NX technology and their own innovative thinking to achieve proven outstanding results throughout the whole production process, from design to production efficiency and commitment to sustainability.
Blewett continues, “If you’re part of a company that has been involved in flexo printing a commercial packaging project, I’d really encourage you to think about entering the Global Flexo Innovation Awards. During these difficult times, when we at Miraclon believe it’s more important than ever to celebrate the hard work and innovation taking place in our industry, we’ll ensure it’s easy for entrants to take part. And if your entry is selected by the independent judging panel for an award, you’ll become an ambassador for transformational flexographic print, gain industry-wide recognition for taking packaging print forward and have your story told across the ¯world.”
For more information on the Global Flexo Innovation Awards and how to enter them, visit www.transformingflexo.com.