From self-adhesive labels, shrink sleeves, RFID labels, non-adhesive labels, innovative logistics tag to specially printed narrow web flexible packaging - there is almost no limit to the ideas of printing companies.
There are five groups for entries and more than one possibility to be honoured. In addition to the ‘Best in Show’ Award winner and Group Awards winner, the jury selects winning companies for individual Category Awards and will assign Highly Commended Certificates.
Benefits for participants
In addition to the chance of winning a distinguished award, companies have a range of advantages if they participate: winning companies will not only benefit from the expanded exposure for their products but also the broadened international press coverage.
"Winning the technical group ‘printing processes’ increased our media reach and public awareness due to several publications in well-recognized journals and social media which also contributed to closer customer relationships and new orders from existing and new customers", states Dr. Benjamin Rüdt von Collenberg, Member of the Management Board at InForm Etiketten GmbH & Co. KG, the ‘Printing processes’ Group Award Winner in 2018. "Finally, by thoroughly analyzing the submitted end products and studying the stories behind these products we further developed our knowledge about individual requirements and specifications of our customers."
Being part of this competition showing their best results not only confirms the excellent work and execution of the printer, it is also a great recognition and good publicity for the designer and customer, as also ‘Best in Show’ and ‘Marketing/ End-Uses’ Group’ Winner award winner in 2017, Royston Labels, confirms. "Collaborating with a successful European association such as FINAT gave us the opportunity to highlight our unique skills and innovation within our business", comments Ivona Baxter, PR & Marketing Manager at Royston Labels, "In addition to this, being a part of the wider community gave us access to a wealth of knowledge and opportunities."
Winning companies do report from the positive effects of their successful entry in various issues. "The latest FINAT video for each job awarded is a very useful tool for us. It empowers the recognition of the award and adds extra value", emphasises Francesc Egea from IPE Etiqueta, "Non-Adhesive Group" Award Winner" in 2017. "We do communicate with our customer that this award is also their award and also all IPE´s employees feel proud of being awarded. They are highly motivated to keep innovating and collaborating with our customer´s projects."
Plus: flexible packaging
The aim of the annual competition is to showcase the advantages and uses of self-adhesive labels as an effective marketing, promotional or identification tool. The best of self-adhesive label print. From 2018, the competition has also promoted the use of narrow web flexible packaging (press width up to 570 mm / 22.5") as an additional product range for label printers.
There is no limit to the number of different entries a company can submit, but a label can only be entered in one specific category. A high level of technical competence is expected throughout all groups.
The trophies for Group, Best in Show and Judges Award will be presented to the winners during the awards ceremony evening held during the upcoming European Label Forum, which takes place from 5 to 7 June 2019 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Samples of Excellence displayed
The FINAT Awards 2019 will be presented at the occasion of FINAT’s annual conference, the European Label Forum, to be held from 5-7 June in Copenhagen. All winners and also highly recommended entries will be displayed at the three-day event. Group and category winners will also be displayed on FINAT’s stand at Labelexpo Europe 2019. A jury report and press release will be provided to the trade press and wider labels and packaging community.
Selected winners will further be entered free of charge into the L9 World Label Association Competition that will be judged on that same occasion. Interesting to mention that this is the only route to entering the L9 competition, as direct entries from individual companies are not accepted.
But not only winning entries, also highly recommended entries benefit of the press coverage as FINAT communicates about the winning labels throughout the whole industry.
Last date for entries
You want to show your best self-adhesive label, shrink sleeve functional tag, narrow web flexible packaging or another narrow web product relevant in this regard? Make sure to participate by visiting the respective website where all details for participating are available; brochures with all details for entries can also be downloaded - in English, German and French - here:
https://www.finat.com/events/finat-competitions. The official deadline for entries has passed (15 March 2019), but entries are still accepted this week. Make sure that all entries are delivered no later than 22 March 2019.