Kodak launches 2018 Global Flexo Innovation Awards with October 16 deadline

Kodak is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Kodak Flexcel NX System by launching the 2018 Kodak Global Flexo Innovation Awards. “Since 2008, the Flecel NX System has paved the way for a global technological revolution in flexo platemaking, and is driving the industry transformation of flexographic standards,” said Kodak. “The Kodak Global Flexo Innovation Awards are a way of recognizing innovative, game-changing packaging, and emphasize creativity at its best. The continued adoption of Flexcel NX Plates worldwide underscores the industry’s demand for higher quality packaging with more cost-effective and efficient production processes. Many Kodak customers are leveraging the unique capabilities of Flexcel NX Plates to drive growth through the conversion of gravure and offset work to flexo printing – delivering significant quality, cost and time-to-market benefits to their brand clients.” The awards will honour packaging that produces outstanding quality and innovation excellence in at least two of the following categories:

  • Use of creative graphic design
  • Conversion from other print processes
  • Print production workflow efficiency
  • Commitment to sustainable print

The competition invites entries from prepress providers, printers or brands from all over the world. It’s open to any commercial packaging project printed with Kodak Flexcel NX Plates. An independent panel of judges comprised of experts representing all major players in the flexo and packaging value chain will assess the entries submitted. Chaired by renowned flexo expert Pier Luigi Sassanelli, the panel will also include Philippe Roulet (former Head of Packaging Material and Training at Nestlé), Sebastian Longo (Managing Director of Fotograbados Longo S.A. Argentina), Bernhard Stradner (Director Sales at Allstein GmbH), Chris Horton (former Senior Vice President of SGS), Ken McGuire (Research Fellow at Procter & Gamble), and Jean-Paul Duquet (Director of Sustainability, Flexible Packaging Europe).

Chris Payne.
Chris Payne.

“The Global Flexo Innovation Awards are designed to honour companies who, through their commitment to excellence using Flexcel NX Plates, have played a significant part in the spectacular rise of flexographic printing over the last 10 years,” said Chris Payne, President, Flexographic Division, and Vice President of Kodak. “At the same time, the awards are a celebration of the journey we’re on. They clearly demonstrate the Flexcel NX technology’s potential to help users gain additional business opportunities by further improving efficiency, quality and sustainability to continue to fuel the industry transformation and raise flexo standards.”

For full details on how to enter and a link to the entry form, please visit www.transformationalflexo.com. Closing date for entries is Tuesday, October 16, 2018. The Global Flexo Innovation Awards will be presented to the winners in early 2019 at an exclusive gala hosted by Kodak and attended by key influencers from the international flexo community.


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.