In no category of the 2018 Excellence in Flexography Awards was the new definition of what constitutes an award-worthy print more evident than mid web. The 10 awards given out in this year’s competition—three gold, three silver, four bronze—marks a 33 percent drop in total awards, a 40 percent drop in silver awards and a 50 percent drop in gold awards from one year ago, and is the fewest in the category since 2014.
The Mid Web Winners in the 2018 Excellence in Flexography AwardsAnderson & Vreeland Inc’s Alix Guyot and ProAmpac’s Caryn Kuehl, the judging group—Chuck Buscaglia of Berry Global, Johnny Dye of Accredo Packaging, Ron Premo of ProAmpac, Ed Dedman of Zeller-Gmelin, Catherine Haynes of All Printing Resources Inc and Bill Poulson of Harper Corporation of America—was not easily impressed. When a particular area of an entry did stand out, that did not automatically advance the print to the awards deliberation stage.
And even if an entry scored well in each criterion, unless the overall job was challenging by 2018 standards, it was left out of consideration for an award.
Mid Web Judges
Mid Web Awards, 2014-2018
The Cappy Infladitos Queso y Mantequilla Justice League Wrapper, printed by Industrias de Plásticos SA de CV, took Best of Show in the category. Judges said the job had “very tight register with excellent fades. Good proof match and good solid ink coverage. Plus, it’s Wonder Woman!”