To celebrate the 21st year of the World Label Awards, the L9 group of label associations elected to inaugurate a set of highly distinguished awards to recognize excellence in printing on a worldwide basis. These awards are called the “Best of the Best”. Two of the Best of the Best award winners were TLMI converter member companies: Ontario, Canada-based ASL Print FX and Yorba Linda, California-based Digital Label Solutions.
The awards were selected within five categories: flexographic printing, offset (litho) printing, combination printing, letterpress printing, and digital printing. Award recipients were selected from the winners of the World Label Awards competition held each year before either Labelexpo in Chicago or Labelexpo in Brussels.
The judging for this year’s Best of the Best awards was carried out immediately following the World Label Award judging in Chicago prior to Labelexpo last fall. The panel of judges were looking for technical excellence at all levels. Highest precision registration and flawless color reproduction were amongst the most critical criteria.
The five awards were presented during the Labelexpo Label Industry Global Awards event held in the Event Lounge in Brussels last month. The awards were presented by Kurt Walker, President of the European co-hosting association, FINAT, and Tony White, Chairman of the World Label Awards judging panel. “This is the first year that we have organized this extension to the World Label Awards,” comments Tony White, “We are delighted with the quality of the winning labels. We have already completed the judging for this year’s awards which will be announced in September 2014. This extra platform will give the international label industry a boost and will encourage converters to aspire to even higher quality levels in the years to come.”
The Best of the Best Awards were awarded to the following companies:
Combination Printing: The Colour Pinot Noir 2009, printed by Rapid Labels, New Zealand
Letterpress Printing: Pates de Fruits, printed by Chugoku Seal Printing Co., Ltd., Japan
Offset Litho Printing: Diamond Wax, printed by Yamada Fine Art Printing Co., Ltd., Japan
Flexographic Printing: Rennie Estate Winery 2009 Gaia, printed by ASL Print FX, Canada
Digital Printing: Buy 3 Tires Promo, printed by Digital Label Solutions Inc., USA