The Flexographic Technical Association of South Africa (FtaSA) held its annual print excellence awards ceremony at the Emperors Palace conference centre on 3 November. The association further celebrates coming of age, as this year marks its 21st anniversary.
The MD at Syndicate Graphics, Bill Marshall kept the audience engaged during the the hand out of awards as the MC. Marshall was one of four judges who spent hours scrutinising entries alongside FtaSA president Derek Murison, FtaSA executive, Erich Kühl and Kylie Baker Labels’ representative, Ricky Maconi.
Marshall says this year’s ceremony had more trophies and certificates awarded than previous events.
‘It is interesting how the various categories dominate the awards,’ he adds.
The overall ‘Best on Show’ award was handed to Colpak for the Simply Chicken Crispy Bake package.
The judges’ remarks were that the one per cent dots on the package required precision pressure settings and a fine laydown of UV inks. The judges further note that the logos and fine black lines on the package had added to the degree of complexity that was met by Colpak.
Marshall says flexography can compete equally with, and sometimes outperform, other print processes.
‘FtaSA has an ongoing obligation to demonstrate this through the annual awards,” he mentions.
Accotrding to Kühl, in spite of the higher attendance three years prior, this year was the most successful since the inception of FtaSA in 1995.
‘Feedback from both suppliers and finalists was positive and the inclusion of a technical mini-seminar added extra value,’ says Kühl.
He notes that in the past, having a motivational speaker take the stage at the ceremony was appreciated yet describes this year’s event as excellent owing to the atmosphere.
Meanwhile, Marshall says winning printers can hold their heads high, knowing they rank among the world’s top flexographic printers.
He explains that flexography is at times incorrectly associated with poor quality print, further attributing the fault to challenging substrates that ‘only’ flexography can tackle.
‘This year, even printers dealing with these so-called difficult substrates have demonstrated their craftsmanship by achieving spectacular results.
This year’s winners have done the industry proud. ‘Printing on a spectrum of substrates,using a variety of formats. The results can only be described as excellent,’