Kodak launches Global Flexo Innovation Awards 2018

Recognition for packaging using Kodak Flexcel NX System

Pentaflex Films wins a silver Kodak Global Innovation award for process conversion & sustainability
Pentaflex Films wins a silver Kodak Global Innovation award for process conversion & sustainability

Kodak is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Flexcel NX System by launching the ‘Kodak Global Flexo Innovation Awards.’ Since 2008, the Flexcel NX System has gained tremendous traction in flexo platemaking and the transformation of flexographic standards. The Kodak Global Flexo Innovation Awards are a way of recognizing innovative, game-changing packaging, and emphasize creativity at its best.

The continued adoption of Flexcel NX plates worldwide underscores the industry’s demand for higher quality packaging with more cost-effective and efficient production processes. Many Kodak customers are leveraging the unique capabilities of these plates to drive growth through the conversion of gravure and offset work to flexo printing – delivering significant quality, cost and time-to-market benefits to their brand clients. The Kodak awards will honor packaging that produces outstanding quality and convinces with innovation excellence in at least two of the following categories – use of creative graphic design; conversion from other print processes; print production workflow efficiency; and commitment to sustainable print.

Industry experts to judge the entries

The competition invites entries from prepress providers, printers or brands from all over the world. It is open to any commercial packaging project printed with Kodak Flexcel NX plates. An independent panel of judges, comprised of experts representing all players in the flexo and packaging value chain, will assess the entries submitted. Chaired by renowned flexo expert Pier Luigi Sassanelli, the panel will also include Philippe Roulet, former head of Packaging Material and Training at Nestlé, Sebastian Longo, managing director of Fotograbados Longo Argentina, Bernhard Stradner, director Sales at Allstein, Chris Horton, former senior vice president of SGS, Ken McGuire, research fellow at Procter & Gamble, and Jean-Paul Duquet, director of Sustainability, Flexible Packaging Europe.

“The Global Flexo Innovation Awards are designed to honor companies who, through their commitment to excellence using Flexcel NX plates, have played a significant part in the spectacular rise of flexographic printing over the last ten years,” said Chris Payne, president, Flexographic Division and vice president of Kodak. “At the same time, the awards are a celebration of the journey we are on; they clearly demonstrate the Flexcel NX technology’s potential to help users gain additional business opportunities by further improving efficiency, quality and sustainability to continue to fuel the industry transformation and raise the flexo standards.”

For full details on how to enter and a link to the entry form, visit www.transformationalflexo.com. Closing date for entries is 16 October 2018. The Global Flexo Innovation Awards will be presented to the winners in early 2019 at an exclusive gala hosted by Kodak and attended by key influencers from the international flexo community.

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