Kodak Customers won three Best of Show Awards at the FTA Forum & INFO*FLEX show in San Diego last month, with a total of 23 awards in six categories going to eye-catching jobs produced with KODAK FLEXCEL NX Plates.
Flexo printers from around the world submitted more than 500 projects to be evaluated by a panel of judges in the 2013 Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) Excellence in Flexography Awards. In addition to the three Best of Show winners, Kodak customers from North America, Europe, Japan and Australia also captured 20 additional awards across six different flexo categories. All 23 of the award-winning jobs were produced exclusively with KODAK FLEXCEL NXH Plates, demonstrating the versatility of the technology and the ability to deliver outstanding results across a variety of applications with a single plate type.
The fact that nearly half of the Best of Show awards went to Kodak customers demonstrates how our technology is helping users do more with less and differentiate themselves in a very competitive environment. The KODAK FLEXCEL NX System truly is a proven solution, said Dr. John Anderson, Kodaks Packaging Segment Sales & Product Marketing Director, United States and Canada. Our family of award-winning flexo solutions is designed to streamline production, deliver high-quality print results, and create high-impact packaging that drives growth.
During the evaluation process, judges inspected the print jobs in terms of level of execution and degree of difficulty. Some of the areas examined include registration tolerances, printing complexity, tonal range, image sharpness, ink coverage, dot/screen/vignette quality and consistency.
The following entries from Kodak customers earned both a Gold Award and the distinguished Best of Show in their respective classes:
- Sunshine Plastics Corp. for extruding, printing, laminating, and converting the Autumn Lakes Duck A LOrange wrapper with prepress and plates supplied by Trisoft Graphics Inc., California. This award represents the second Best of Show Award for Sunshine and third Best of Show Award for Trisoft in recent years.
- Colbert Flexographic Packaging Corp. for the EnviroGuard carton with prepress and plates supplied by Autumn Graphics, Canada.
- Encore Envelopes Ltd., UK, for the Tesco Every Little Helps envelope. Encore Envelopes uses FLEXCEL NX Plates exclusively and won a total of five awards this year at the FTA show, including the Best of Show. The company has scooped the top award in each of the past five years using FLEXCEL NX Plates.