Getting Better All the Time
The 2006 TLMI Awards Competition is in the books with another successful year. The number of companies and entries increased in 2006, with 51 companies (44 North American and 7 international) submitting 278 entries, 239 of which were North American.
A total of 90 awards were presented, including 48 first place honors, and Innovator and Best of Show awards. Steve Lee, vice president of RotoMetrics and chair of the Awards Competition Committee, cited the overall quality of the entries in this year’s competition. “It always seems to get better year to year,” he said.
Judge Patrick Hague, vice president of sales for Water Ink Technologies, noted the superior overall quality. “There were many impressive labels in all categories.”
One of the trends that continues in the labeling industry is the improving quality of flexographic printing. “Flexo is definitely rivaling offset,” said Peter Mulheran, head of PPL - NAFTA for Siegwerk Ink Packaging. “There were some really beautiful entries, especially in wine and spirits.”
Other trends noted by this year’s judges included an increased number of digital entries, along with increasing complexity of the printing and converting work.
Best of the best
G-3 Enterprises of Modesto, Calif. took home the 2006 Best of Show award with its entry titled, “Bridlewood - Blue Roan Syrah.” This label took the first-place award in the Wine and Spirits - Flexographic/Letterpress, Line and Screen/Tone - Prime category before beating out stiff competition for the top honor.
The label was printed on uncoated stock, which presented a difficult challenge. It required a fairly heavy laydown of black without closing in the fine type.
The challenge was obviously met head-on by G-3 Enterprises. According to Lee, “The label was very well printed, with excellent hot-stamp registration to the printed job. The image of the horse was very well done. This label had the best quality of the three or four finalists. In the end, it came down to very subtle differences.”