The Independent Carton Group (ICG, Hawleyville, Connecticut), an association of 18 independently owned and operated folding carton companies in 15 U.S. states and Canada, has announced that Fujifilm North America Corporation’s Graphic Systems Division is the recipient of its Supplier of the Year Award for 2017. The award was presented in Cincinnati, Ohio during the ICG’s general membership meeting earlier this year, which was hosted by Zumbiel Packaging, one of the group’s five founding member companies. This was the first time that Fujifilm has received this award. ICG helps its members provide exceptional products, service and pricing to their customers through group purchasing initiatives, continuity assurance and various educational and networking programs.
“It’s an honour to receive this prestigious award from ICG members. I think it’s a testament not only to our product quality and continued innovation, but also to our exceptional service,” said Dale Schmitt, Corporate Account Manager at Fujifilm, who accepted the award. “Fujifilm has made a huge investment in support and training, educating everyone in a customer-facing position so that we can truly be a partner to our customers.” Fujifilm supplies ICG members with printing plates, pressroom consumables and a wide range of technologies used in the production of offset and digitally printed folding cartons, corrugated packaging and other paperboard packaging solutions. Fujifilm became an ICG supplier in 2006. It’s one of more than 40 companies supplying equipment and materials to ICG members through its group purchasing program, which was introduced in 1999.
“We value Fujifilm’s partnership and congratulate their team on this well-deserved recognition,” said Jay Willie, Executive Director of the ICG. “As the industry looks toward the future of paperboard packaging and digital printing, the needs of our members will continue to shift. Fujifilm has demonstrated its ability to innovate and keep pace with an evolving industry.”
The ICG’s Supplier of the Year Award has been presented annually since 2012 to the supplier that receives the highest marks on evaluations completed by members for the prior calendar year. ICG members rate suppliers on quality, delivery, accuracy, service, expertise and other key performance metrics. Evaluations are used both as the basis for selecting the award recipient, and as a means of assessing suppliers and sharing feedback to strengthen partnerships.