Calling all label innovators

Tuesday, 16 April, 2019

Calling all label innovators

A total of six awards are up for grabs at the 2019 Label Industry Global Awards, two of which have been introduced to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Labelexpo.

The awards recognise innovation and best practice in the label and package printing sector in 2018: two individual or team awards, and four organisation awards.

Firstly, the R. Stanton Avery Global Achievement Award, sponsored by Avery Dennison, recognises an individual or team’s innovation or idea that has helped transform and progress the label industry across the world.

New for 2019 is the Rising Star Award, sponsored by the Label Academy and Avery Dennison, which recognises the emerging talent of an individual starting their label and package printing career. Nominees should have worked in the industry for at least five years and demonstrate a strong potential for appointment at the highest levels of the profession.

The Award for Innovation is split based on size: one for companies with over 300 employees and another for those with fewer than 300 employees. Entries must be for the development of a specific innovation by a supplier or converter company for either a new business process or technology related.

The Environmental & Sustainability Award acknowledges a new sustainable product or process introduced by a converter or supplier company in the label industry during 2018.

Finally, the European Converter of the Year Award recognises the company that has made the biggest advances in the European converting business over the last year. This might include a key record of innovation or product and technical development, the development of a pan-European product in its chosen market, a solid record of staff training and development, and a strong involvement with its local community.

Mike Fairley, chair of the judges, described the awards as “the highest accolade within the label and package printing industry”, and said he expects a high standard of entries.

“The accelerating pace of change and the talent coming through in this industry is extraordinary, and one that is becoming ever more global, so we felt the time was right to recognise these developments through this year’s awards.

“Many previous Label Industry Global Award winners have gone on to even greater success and inspired others in the sector to continue to drive the industry forward, so we urge all sectors of the label and package printing industry from across the globe to submit their nominations as soon as possible.”

Submissions close 17 May 2019, and finalists will be announced in June. Winners will be announced during the 40th anniversary edition of Labelexpo Europe 2019 in Brussels on 24 September.

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