Oakville Ontario’s Print Panther and two other MGI JETvarnish 3D customers win 11 FSEA Gold Leaf Awards

The international Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA) recently held its annual conference outside Nashville, Tennessee and three Konica Minolta MGI JETvarnish 3D customers received a total of 11 prestigious Gold Leaf Awards for their impressive creative work with digital print embellishment technology from MGI. The winning printers were: Print Panther of Oakville, Ontario; Seidl Bindery of Houston, Texas; and DMS Color of Birmingham, Alabama. The enhanced print applications that were honoured ranged from brochures, retail merchandising and point-of-sale display signage, to event invitations, mailing pieces, magazine and program covers and luxury packaging labels across 9 different judging categories.

Christine Yardley.
Christine Yardley.

The visionary spirit of Print Panther, headed by Christine Yardley, V.P. of Sales & Marketing, led them to install the first JETvarnish 3D solution in Canada. Since then, the high-end printing boutique has developed a unique digital design model that utilizes creative graphic artwork and omni-channel print campaign models, to elevate corporate brand identities in the marketplace. The company also specializes in deluxe binders, presentation folders, notebooks and integrated print and mail projects.

Kevin Abergel.
Kevin Abergel.

Kevin Abergel, MGI Vice President of Marketing & Sales, congratulated the winners. “The FSEA’s annual Gold Leaf Awards program recognizes some of the most artistic and highly skilled printing achievements in our business,” he said. “So, we’re very proud that the expert FSEA judges recognized that our friends at Seidl, DMS and Print Panther used the digital JETvarnish 3D process to achieve spectacular results that rival the quality of conventional analogue methods used for decades. It’s truly impressive to see the creative designs and expert production techniques of our customers being selected by the judges as the best in the business. Seven of the 11 winning entries that our clients received for superb quality were chosen in general application categories via direct comparison with traditional die-stamping methods of foil embossing. We believe that such results confirm the value of our digital embellishment processes, to produce the highest level of decorative special effects on offset, flexo and digital print output,” he added.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.