AFTA unveils new branding

The association will now be known collectively as Labels & Packaging Innovation Asia

Labels & Packaging Innovation Asia will jointly serve the gravure, labels and flexo industries in Asia.

Previously, these industries were served separately by the Asian Gravure Association (AGA), Asian Label Association (ALA) and the Asian Flexographic Technical Association (AFTA) respectively.

With the relaunch as Labels & Packaging Innovation Asia, the association celebrates its 14th year running.

Under this new umbrella, Labels & Packaging Innovation Asia will continue the annual Asian Packaging conference previously organised by AFTA, along with the Packaging Excellence Awards.

The next conference is slated for May 2017 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The previous conference was concluded in May 2016, as a lead up to drupa. Held in Bangkok, Thailand, the event saw some 200 attendees from all over the region networking and taking part in presentations given by industry experts on the labels and packaging printing industry.

The association is dedicated to bringing together Asian packagers, converters and suppliers. The aim is to continually enhance the knowledge, standard and quality of print processes through conferences and exhibitions.

The two-day conference featured experts and speakers from Europe, Australia and Asia, covering a myriad of issues that affect the Asian print packaging business owners of today.

Attendees were treated to the active exchange of ideas, networking and participation in the growing print industry in Asia.

Amongst the topics covered in the event include trends, transitioning to digital print, importance of branding and packaging design, improving productivity, and a preview of upcoming drupa highlights.

This year’s edition featured exhibitors such as HP, Bobst, Xeikon, Thermoflexx, Flint Group, CGS, Gallus, Kodak, SGS Contitech, EFI, Tesa Tape, Esko, PrimeBlade, QuadTech, Rieckermann, KBA, Windmoller and Holscher, Muller Martini.

Winners for the 2015 Packaging Excellence Awards were also announced. The Excellence Awards is a joint competition organised by AFTA, the Asian Label Association (ALA) and Asian Gravure Association (AGA). Labels & Packaging Innovation Asia intends to continue the competition under the new brand.

The full list of winners for the Excellence Awards 2015:

1. Asian Flexographic Technical Association (AFTA) - FLEXO

Narrow Web Flexible (Paper)

Gold: Flexi Print Pvt Ltd, Sri Lanka

Silver: Far East Label Pte Ltd, Singapore

Mid Web Flexible (Film)

Gold: TPN FlexPak, Thailand

Wide Web Flexibles (Paper)

Silver: Thai Containers Group Co. Ltd

Beverage Carton and Cups

Gold: Tetra Pak (Beijing) Co Ltd, China

Silver: Tetra Pak (Kunshan) Co Ltd, China

Wide Wide Flexibles (Film)

Gold: Scientex Great Wall Sdn Bhd, Malaysia

Post-Print Corrugated

Gold: Pioneer Technology (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, Malaysia

Printed by: GS Paper & Packaging Sdn Bhd Malaysia

Silver: Kien Truc Va Thuong Mai A Chau Co. Ltd, Vietnam

Printed by: Tan Long Paper Packaging Factory

Bronze: Harta Packaging Industries Limited, Cambodia

Bronze: Box-Pak Hanoi Co. Ltd, Vietnam

Judges Award for Best in Show

TPN Flexpak, Thailand

2. Asian Gravure Association (AGA) - GRAVURE

Metallised Films and Aluminium Foil – Surface Print

Gold: Parikh Packaging Pvt Ltd, India

Films-Reverse Print

Gold: Flex-ible Plas Co. Ltd, Thailand

Silver: Print Master Co Ltd, Thailand

Silver: Prime Packaging Co Ltd, Thailand

Bronze: Fuji Ace Co Ltd, Thailand

Judges Award for Best in Show

Flex-ible Plas Co. Ltd, Thailand

3. Asian Label Association (ALA) - LABELS

Flexo Process

Gold: Mega Labels Sdn Bhd, Malaysia

Silver: Pemara Label, Vietnam

Silver: Letra Graphix Pvt Ltd, India

Bronze: Flexi Print Pvt Ltd, India

Letterpress

Gold: Hoang Ha Label Corp, Vietnam

Silver: Far East Label Pte Ltd, Singapore

Bronze: Orient Quality Print Pte Ltd, Singapore

Offset

Gold: QLM Label Makers Sdn Bhd, Malaysia

Combination Printing

Gold: Guangdong Products Jinda Hologram Limited, Hong Kong

Silver: CCL Label Ltd, Thailand

Bronze: Pemara Labels, Vietnam

Bronze: Letra Graphix Pvt Ltd, India

Non-Pressure Sensitive Material (any process)

Gold: Thai Union Graphic Co Ltd, Thailand

Silver: Thai Security Printing Company Limited, Thailand

Digital

Gold: Prestige Label Pte Ltd, Singapore

Silver: Winson Press Pte Ltd, Singapore

Silver: Orient Quality Print Pte Ltd, Singapore

Bronze: Hoang Ha Label Corp, Vietnam

Judges Award for Best in Show

Guangdong Products Jinda Hologram Limited, Hong Kong

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