FINAT press release: The L9 Announce the Category and Honourable Mention award winners for the 2019 World Label competition

27 April 2020

The current class structure encompasses all the principal printing processes and market applications. The results are listed in category order with the Winners announced first followed by the Honourable Mention (HM) awards. All members of the L9 World Label Association worldwide are invited to submit entries in the 22 classes of the competition thus ensuring that the results truly represent the worldwide label industry. This is the 18th year that the competition has pitted the best labels from around the world against each other. In 2019 we received entries from the following associations: FINAT (Europe), JFLP (Japan), TLMI (USA), FPLMA (Australia), SALMA (New Zealand), LMAI (India) and PEIAC (China). In total 68 entries were received, which resulted in 27 Winners and 21 HM awards being given (a table showing the awards received by each association can be found at the end of this press release). The basic premise for submitting entries in this important competition has not changed since the dramatic update in 2002. Entries are selected by a panel of judges from each association with the proviso that the label must have won an award in their respective “local” competition. The entry must be submitted by one of the L9 associations, this is the ONLY route to entry as direct submissions by individual converters is not accepted. An additional condition is that each association is limited to entering only one label in each class. Winning a WLA award is considered to be the peak of attainment in the international label industry and provides the winning converter a platform to use their achievements for strong marketing purposes. A great deal of work goes into producing a label that is capable of winning such an award. The brand owner, design studio, the pre-press operation and finally the printer all share in the glory of winning. The label industry has, for some years, coined the term “Technical Oscars of the Label Industry” for the awards. The entries have passed the scrutiny of the expert judges from a technical and aesthetic point of view. “The judges take their task very seriously and discussion between the judges and their opinions can occupy a considerable amount of time before they come to an agreement. We are very dependent on the technical information which is provided by the converter which in some cases can be the fine dividing line between success and failure” comments Tony White, Chairman of the judging panel. He continues “With quality levels increasing year on year we face a task that continually challenges us to make the correct decision regarding the award-winning entries.” The judges for the WLA 2019 competition included Tony White (Chairman) (FINAT), Mr. Masaaki Yoshitabe and Mr. Yohei Noguchi (JFLP), Mr. Lindsey Boyd (FPLMA), Mr. Paul Teachout (TLMI), Ms. Jean Lee, Mr. Dongie Wu, Mr. Jikin (PEIAC), Mr. Amit Sheth, Mr. Ajay Metha (LMAI) and Mr. Noel Mitchell (Visiting judge). 


The Results Class 2: Flexo Line/Screen

 • HM TLMI: Syracuse Label & Surround Printing, USA for “Ginger Raspberry Kombucha” 

• HM FINAT: IPE Industria Gráfica S.L.U., Spain for “Parisparkless” 


Class 3: Flexo Colour Process 

• Winner PEIAC: Guangzhou Guangcai Labels Co. Ltd., China for “Brew Beer” 

• HM TLMI: Labeltronix for “Copper Wings IPA” • HM FPLMA: Studio Labels for “200 Miles” 


Class 4: Flexo Wines/Spirits 

• Winner TLMI: Multi-Color Corporation North America Wine & Spirits, USA for “Freakshow Chardonnay” 

• HM PEIAC: Beijing Deji Information Technology Co., Ltd., China for “Vodka Bottle” 


Class 6: Letterpress Line/Screen 

• HM LMAI: Any Graphics Pvt., India for “Willowood Wilicon” 


Class 7: Letterpress Colour Process 

• Winner JFLP: Shinwa Label, Japan for ”Konbucha” 

• HM FINAT: ?iftsan Etiket, Turkey for “Savon de Royal” Class 8: Letterpress Wines/Spirits 

• Winner FINAT: Kolibri BV, The Netherlands for “Ron de Jeremy Rum” 

• HM JFLP: Shimokuni, Japan for “1st Anniversary 2018 Kamikawa Taisetsu” 


Class 10: Offset Line/Screen 

• Winner JFLP: Labelhouse (VIC), Australia for “Alpine Cider Sparkling Apple Juice 330ml” 

• HM PEIAC: Shandong Taibao Anti-Counterfeiting Technology Products Co. Ltd., China for “Shui Jingfang Memorial Ticket” 

Class 11: Offset Colour Process 

• Joint Winner FINAT: Skanem Liverpool. UK for “5Ltr Edge5W30”

 • Joint Winner FPLMA: Multi-Color Corporation, Australia for “Shooting Star by Gavin Wanganeen” 


Class 12: Offset Wines/Spirits 

• Joint Winner FINAT: Multi-Color Corporation North America Wine & Spirits, USA for “Smoking Loon Rose”

 • Joint Winner FPLMA: Jamesprint, Australia for “La Di Da Malbec” 

• HM TLMI: Multi-Color Corporation North America Wine & Spirits, USA for “Prayers of Sinners” 

• HM JFLP: Seieido, Japan for ”ICHINOKURA Premium Junmai Sake”

• HM SALMA: CCL Label, New Zealand for “Emma Marris” 


Class 13: Combination Line 

• Joint Winner TLMI: McDowell Label & Screen Printing, USA for “Venetian Lace” 

• Joint Winner FINAT: ?iftsan Etiket, Turkey for “Vasso Shampoo”

 • HM FPLMA: Hally Labels, Australia for “Pabst Blue Ribbon” 


Class 14: Combination Line/Screen

 • Winner FINAT: ?iftsan Etiket, Turkey for “Savon de Royal Luxury Hand Soap” 

• HM FPLMA: Label Power, Australia for “Organic Beef Liver” 

• HM LMAI: Any Graphics Pvt., India for “Belly Art (Croc-Finish)” 


Class 15: Combination Colour Process 

• Winner TLMI: McDowell Label & Screen Printing, USA for “Athena” 

• HM SALMA: Label and Litho, New Zealand for “Auribee” 


Class 16: Combination Wines/Spirits 

• Joint Winner JFLP: Marushin, Japan for ”Watakeya Sake” 

• Joint Winner FPLMA: Labelhouse (VIC), Australia for “Archie Rose SOH Inside Gin Back Label” 

• HM FINAT: IPE Industria Gráfica S.L.U., Spain for “Abadia Da Cova Blanco”


 Class 17: Digital Printing 

• Joint Winner FINAT: ?iftsan Etiket, Turkey for “Sir Asprins Multi-Purpose Stain Remover” 

• Joint Winner FPLMA: Multi-Color Corporation, Australia for “Jurlique – Rose Body Oil” 

• HM SALMA: Kiwi Labels, New Zealand for “Alpine Silk – Manuka Honey Moisture Crème” 


Class 18: Digital Wines/Spirits 

• Joint Winner FPLMA: Multi-Color Corporation, Australia for “The Quickening” 

• Joint Winner SALMA: Soar Print, New Zealand for “Vine Street” 

• HM TLMI: Multi-Color Corporation, Mexico for “Mi Campo” 


Class 19: Screen Printing 

• Winner LMAI: Any Graphics Pvt., India for “Lion” 

• HM FINAT: ?iftsan Etiket, Turkey for “Céu Shampoo” 


Class 20: Gravure Printing 

• Joint Winner FINAT: Multi-Color Corporation Wales, United Kingdom for “Farris Bris Limited Edition” 

• Joint Winner SALMA: Gravure Packaging Ltd., New Zealand for “Whittaker’s Dark Almond 250g Block” 


Class 21: Booklets 

• Winner SALMA: Kiwi Labels, New Zealand for “Yalumba 8 Page ECL” 

• HM FINAT: August Faller GmbH & Co. KG., Germany for “Info-Sec” 


Class 22: Innovation 

• Winner FINAT: Schreiner Group GmbH & Co. KG., Germany for “((rfid)) DistaFerr Wet Detect” • Winner LMAI: Any Graphics Pvt., India for “Cut Windows = Rangoli” 

• Winner PEIAC: Shenzhen Zhengxinyuan Co. Ltd., China for “Security Label Based on Optics” 


Overall ranking of winners by association Association 

Winners  Honourable Mention Total 

FINAT 8 5 13 

TLMI 3 4 7 

JFLP 2 2 4 

FPLMA 6 3 9 

SALMA 3 3 6 

LMAI 2 2 4 

PEIAC 3 2 5 

Total 27 21 48 


Best of the Best Awards 2019

 For the past seven years, the L9 World Label awards Association has commissioned 5 additional awards to represent the best labels in each of the main printing processes. These awards are selected from the winning labels after the judging of all the classes has been completed in the following classes: Flexography, Letterpress, Offset Litho, Combination Printing and Digital Printing. Until further notice, the plaques will be presented and the winners revealed during the Labelexpo Americas event in Chicago in September 2020. 

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