FTA Recognizes Three Companies with Technical Innovation Award
The FTA Technical Innovation Award, for more than two decades, has sought to recognize and celebrate the incredible achievements made by individuals and companies—large and small—which have contributed to the growth of our industry.
For the 2017 Technical Innovation Award Competition, judges found three technologies deserving of such an award. They are:
Esko‘s XPS Crystal 5080
“Winning always feels great and somewhat humbling! But winning this specific award means so much to Esko,” commented Pascal Thomas, Esko director of flexo business, on his company’s winning of a 2017 Technical Innovation Award. “The XPS Crystal is the result of a lot of hard teamwork, long hours of research and the dedication of our customers to push Esko to continuously improve digital flexo technology. With FTA’s Technical Innovation Award comes great recognition and probably the best reward our team could have dreamt of.”
Flint Group‘s EkoCure ANCORA Ink
Flint Group’s UV LED Low Migration EkoCure ANCORA Ink technology successfully marries UV LED and low-migration ink properties. It claims to be the only narrow web ink company to have globally commercialized such an ink, while also earning compliance with a number of regulatory bodies. “We see UV LED as the future—it addresses printer economics, brand owner concerns for food packaging safety and the industry’s drive for more sustainable solutions that use less energy and create less waste,” said Niklas Olsson, Flint Group’s global brand manager for the Narrow Web division.
Mark Andy‘s Digital Series Hybrid Press
Commenting on the Technical Innovation Award win, Ray Dickinson, Mark Andy Inc.’s VP of marketing and business development, digital solutions, said, “This award is significant for the entire organization. It is validation to our engineering team for the superior work they have done, and continue to do to advance this product. But more than that, it validates the ability for a 70 year strong company to evolve as technology evolves. Understanding how the evolution of flexo can integrate with the newest digital technologies has been especially rewarding.”
Past Technical Innovation Award Winners
For more than 20 years, the FTA Technical Innovation Award has been recognizing innovative technical achievements in the flexographic industry. See what companies have taken home the honor every year since 1996.