Entries for 2018 Label Industry Global Awards are due May 18

The search is on for the world’s leading pioneers and innovators in the label and package printing industry. Marking 15 years of the Label Industry Global Awards, this year there’ll be four prizes up for grabs at the industry’s prestigious “Oscars” as the awards honour organizations and individuals who’ve excelled in the label and package printing sector through innovation and best practices. In acknowledgement of this, and new for 2018, is the R. Stanton Avery Pioneer Award, sponsored by Avery Dennison, which honours the contribution an individual has made which has impacted the label and package printing sector – whether their pioneering work has spanned two years or two decades. Bestowed in memory of Stan Avery’s pioneering spirit and values, the award is a significant update to the previously named R. Stanton Avery Lifetime Achievement Award in order to better reflect the industry as it is today – one embracing innovation and tackling major environmental challenges such as label waste.

Mike Fairley.
Mike Fairley.

The Award for Innovation, sponsored by Flint Group Narrow Web, will be awarded to companies based on size – one award for those with over 300 employees and another for those with less than 300 employees. Entries must be for the development of a specific innovation by a supplier or converter in 2017, and can either be for a new business process or new technology. The Award for Sustainability acknowledges a new sustainable product or process introduced by a company during 2017.

Mike Fairley, chair of the judges, added: “The Label Industry Global Awards are the highest accolade within the label and package printing industry. I, along with the judging panel, never cease to be impressed with the incredibly high standard of entries from an innovative sector that’s positively brimming with talent and enthusiasm. I’m very much looking forward to meeting this year’s judging panel finalists and winners at Labelexpo, and to celebrating their successes. All entries go through a rigorous judging process and the bar is set extremely high – so these awards have led many previous winners to find new clients and opportunities and inspired others in the sector to succeed. We look forward to recognizing even more trailblazing organizations and their employees as part of our 15th annual Label Industry Global Awards celebration in 2018. As a reflection of the sector’s ever more innovative use of technology to create fantastic products, we’re delighted to introduce the Pioneer Award this year, and we urge all sectors of the package printing industry to submit their nominations as soon as possible.”

Entry is free and submissions must be received by Friday, May 18, 2018. Finalists, along with the winner of the R. Stanton Avery Pioneer Award, will be announced in June. All winners will be announced during Labelexpo Americas, held in Chicago at a gala evening event on September 25, 2018. Entry forms and full details on how to enter are available at http://www.labelawards.com/.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.