EXCELLENCE IN

FLEXOGRAPHY

AWARDS

EXCELLENCE IN

FLEXOGRAPHY

AWARDS

EXCELLENCE IN

FLEXOGRAPHY

AWARDS

The Excellence in Flexography Awards is the premier awards program for the flexographic industry. It is the only competition flexographers from around the world trust to define who’s who in the package printing and converting industry.

As the longest running and most prestigious annual print competition, its mission is to honor outstanding companies who have made exceptional quality and precise consistency their mission in the pursuit of printing excellence. Each of the more than 500 entries received every year is individually evaluated by a panel of judges on its degree of difficulty and level of execution.

Award-winning prints offer proof of significant achievements in quality. And they gain worldwide recognition and coverage through a number of avenues:

Honored

at the Awards Banquet
during Forum.

Featured

in FLEXO Magazine‘s
awards issue.

Promoted

through Twitter
and Instagram.

Displayed

in the Awards Gallery
at INFOFLEX.

THE

2019

WINNERS

THE

2019

WINNERS

Thirty judges, 11 committee members and a handful of FTA staff were present for the judging of the 2019 FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards. They saw hundreds of pieces of flexographically printed packaging: from labels to boxes; line, screen and process; the OK and the great, all kinds of substrate.

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2019 FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards wide web best of show

Wide Web

There is a very broad range of obstacles facing any printer entering a print sample into the wide web category.

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2019 FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards mid web best of show

Mid Web

Too wide for narrow web, too narrow for wide web—the mid web category is a mix of substrates, sizes and segments.

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2019 FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards narrow web best of show

Narrow Web

Labels—and tubes, and labels, and boxes, and even more labels—were the stars of the narrow web category.

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2019 FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards combined corrugated best of show

Combined Corrugated

For the printers who run work in the combined corrugated category, their biggest challenge is with their substrate of choice.

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2019 FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards preprinted linerboard best of show

Preprinted Linerboard

When it comes to web widths and repeat lengths, it doesn’t get any bigger than the preprinted linerboard category.

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2019 FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards envelope best of show

Envelope

Judges of the envelope category looked for excellent printing in the face of adversarial substrates and registration-hostile speeds.

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2019 FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards self-promotion

Self-Promotion

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2019 FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards non-traditional

Non-Traditional

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2019 FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards student

Student

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THE

2018

WINNERS

THE

2018

WINNERS

The 2018 Excellence in Flexography Awards break a streak that extended back to 2014 (and further for some specific categories) where, year after year, printers exceeded judges’ expectations, and judges gave out more and more awards. This year, something changed. No longer were tight registrations adequate; they had to be tighter. An image couldn’t just be sharp; it had to be sharper than a well-seated doctor blade. Prints which weren’t consistent from repeat to repeat were consistently passed over. Ink coverage that wasn’t complete and even? Judges can’t even.

For more than 500 entries, those judges evaluated each print’s degree of difficulty and level of execution. They quarreled over attributes like consistency, image sharpness, defect detectability and ink coverage. They debated fiercely—huddled around and crouched over a narrow web entry, standing single file and eye level with a combined corrugated print—which deserved a gold, silver or bronze award. In selecting a Best of Show from a category’s gold-award winners, they went for the proverbial jugular, calling attention to the slightest fault in pursuit of establishing a shining example of what flexography is capable of producing. In the end, a total of 114 prints received an award.

“Growth—technical and practical—cannot happen unless we are all pushed, shoved, prodded into action,” said M.M. Lomont of The Quaker Oats Co, on stage more than three decades ago at Forum 1983. “And we are quite good at this sport. We know how to push and we won’t quit.”

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Join the Excellence in Flexography Awards Committee

Each January, dozens of industry experts come together to evaluate and critique the hundreds of prints entered in the Excellence in Flexography Awards. Judges spend several days examining everything from registration tolerances and tonal range, to substrate printability and ink coverage, to consistency and image sharpness, and other characteristics. See the best of the flexographic industry, up close, by becoming a judge in the Excellence in Flexography Awards.

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