Flexographers now have until December 31, 2018 to enter the inaugural Kodak Global Flexo Innovation Awards, after Kodak recently extended the deadline for submissions. Pier Luigi Sassanelli, Chairman of the Judging Panel, said the extension is in response to requests by users of the Kodak Flexcel NX System for additional time to prepare their submissions, while also acknowledging the groundbreaking nature of the awards.
“The program is designed to recognize the all-round impact of flexo-printed packaging on the value chain – and while the print quality of an entry is important, it’s only the start of the evaluation process,” he stressed. “These awards look beyond the technical specification alone, to reward entries that demonstrate genuine innovation in four categories: use of creative design; conversion to flexo from other processes; production workflow efficiencies; and sustainability. This revolutionary approach will identify and reward genuine innovations that have real strategic substance. However, entries naturally involve more than just a print sample, and putting together the supporting documentation needs more time. As the original mid-October deadline had gotten closer, we’ve received a considerable number of requests for extra time, which we’re happy to agree to,” he added.
Established to mark the 10th anniversary of the introduction of the Kodak Flexcel NX System, the awards recognize companies using Kodak technology to drive the industry transformation of flexo standards worldwide. Entries are considered side by side, and are not divided into separate classes for different print or packaging formats. There’ll be three awards levels – silver (for entries demonstrating excellence in two categories), gold (for three categories) and platinum (all four categories). All winning entries will be publicized in a special Transforming Flexo Magazine, distributed and promoted globally by Kodak. Those achieving the highest honours will also attend an exclusive gala celebration. For further information on Kodak’s Global Flexo Innovation Awards, please visit www.transformationalflexo.com.