Miraclon unveils winners of the 2021 Global Flexo Innovation Awards
Out of 13 winners, India’s Numex Blocks was sole winner from Asia Pacific.
Miraclon announced the 13 winners of the Global Flexo Innovation Awards, which recognise businesses that are driving the transformation of the flexo industry with the help of KODAK FLEXCEL NX Technology.
Over 200 entries from 24 countries were judged by an independent panel of eight flexo industry experts during a hybrid session that saw the judges convene both in person and through digital collaboration applications.
With high quality a pre-condition of entry, submissions were evaluated on four criteria: the efficiency of the company’s workflow, conversion from other print processes to flexo, the degree of creativity in the graphic design and the level of sustainable business practices in the project.
Excellence in two categories received a silver award (seven winners), in three categories a gold award (five winners) and in all four categories a platinum award, demonstrating to the industry and to the winner’s customers a commitment to the highest level of print production.
Out of the top 13 companies, seven winners are based in Latin America, three in Europe, two in North America, and one in the Asia Pacific region.
The India-based company Numex Blocks India Ltd, scored a Silver. Numex is a prepress flexo company based in Mumbai.
Numex’s customer wanted to explore a ‘direct-to-tube’ printing workflow to remove the variability in recycling and eliminate a manufacturing step.
As most jobs were eight colours, Numex had detailed discussions with printer and brand to establish how best to improve colours or textures, including the choice of varnish. Using FLEXCEL NX Plates, excellent results were achieved at 150 lpi and a production speed of 130 tubes per minute.
“We’re pleased to see companies from around the world innovating and being creative in growing their businesses as well as driving the transformation of the flexo printing industry,” said Grant Blewett, Chief Commercial Director, Miraclon. “Each one of the winners, as well as the companies that received special mentions, demonstrated incredible commitment to the advancement of flexo and set great examples of what can be achieved when fully utilising the tools and technology at their disposal; it should motivate the rest of the industry to do the same.”