Label Industry Global Awards winners revealed

Over 500 guests gathered at the prestigious Label Industry Global Awards ceremony in Brussels on Tuesday evening to find out which of the 17 finalist companies would be walking away with a much coveted industry gong. The 12th annual awards event was held at Brussels Expo as part of Labelexpo Europe 2015.

Kurt Walker (right), winner of the R. Stanton Avery Lifetime Achievement Award
Kurt Walker (right), winner of the R. Stanton Avery Lifetime Achievement Award

Kurt Walker, FINAT’s former president was presented with the R. Stanton Avery Lifetime Achievement Award. Sponsored by Avery Dennison, Walker received the award in recognition of his work with FINAT and in driving innovation and best practice throughout the international label community.

HP Indigo was revealed as the winner of the Award for Innovation (for companies with more than 300 employees), sponsored by Flint Group Narrow Web, for its work in developing its HP SmartStream Mosaic software.

The Award for Innovation (for companies with up to 300 employees), sponsored by Flint Group Narrow Web, went to joint recipients GEW and Lake Image Systems. GEW impressed the judges with its RHINO electronic power supply, which has been developed to enable the lowest possible operating cost for a UV-curing system.

Lake Image Systems was honoured for developing MaxScan, its latest addition to the Discovery MultiScan family.

Meanwhile, Lintec was announced as the winner of the Award for Sustainability, sponsored by Xeikon, for its new label facestock, KP5000.

Mike Fairley, chair of the judging panel, commented: “Choosing winners from such an impressive list of companies was always going to be difficult and all of our winners and finalists truly deserve our utmost admiration and congratulations. The awards go some way towards shining a light on the significant dedication, commitment and excellence going on each and every day in this exciting and dynamic sector.”

Judges for this year’s awards also included: Thomas Hagmaier, president of FINAT, Andy Thomas, group managing editor of Labels & Labeling, Armin Karl Geiger, editor of NarrowWebTech, Steve Katz, editor of Label & Narrow Web and Anthony White, label industry consultant.

Read more about the Label Industry Global Awards ceremony, and the rest of the Labelexpo Europe event, in the upcoming October issue of Converter magazine!