The preprinted linerboard category of the 2018 Excellence in Flexography Awards has the same half-dozen judges as the combined corrugated category: Claude Gaudet of Master Packaging Inc, Rick Pomerenka of Printron, Ed Trainor of International Paper, Jason Rhyne of Southern Graphic Systems (SGS), Doug Weiss of Kodak and Brad Gasque of DuPont Advanced Printing. It has the same pair of awards committee members in Geoff Roznak of Great Northern Corp and Tim Esselman of WestRock CP LLC. It had roughly the same number of awards: three gold, three silver and three bronze (no Earth-shattering shake-ups here).
The Preprinted Linerboard Winners in the 2018 Excellence in Flexography Awards
“The biggest trend we have seen is the number of colors that have risen on a machine and the ability to raise the bar in linescreen,” Esselman and Roznak explain. “This year, there were several entries with screen counts that were not pushed in previous years, to levels we would not have considered or expected to see.”
Preprinted Linerboard Judges
Preprinted Linerboard Awards, 2014-2018
And if there were an award for best comment, or a quote which best captures the goal of many a flexo job, it might be this one: “Good job making the flexo look better than the original offset sample.”
WestRock Company of Canada Inc’s Danone Oikos Greek Yogurt Box was crowned Best of Show in the preprinted linerboard category. “Great tonal range throughout, and color was vibrant and consistent. Excellent highlights in the flower,” commented judges.