The results of the label industry’s global awards were announced on the opening night of Labelexpo Americas 2022.
As previously announced, the winner of the 2022 R. Stanton Avery Global Achievement Award is Harveer Sahni. His history in building a company to manufacture self-adhesive labels in India, through to his central role in building the Indian label association and then acting as an influential ambassador on the world stage, all helped the judging panel to come to their decision.
The Rising Star Award went to Stijn Billiet, Global Sustainability Director, MCC Label. Billiet joined MCC in 2020 and immediately brought sustainability onto the agenda of the business. Early 2021 he presented a roadmap for all global production sites to reduce their carbon footprint, guiding the Belgian facility to carbon neutral production. Billiet represents MCC in its collaboration with organizations such as Holy Grail, RecyClass, APR, and CELAB.
The Environmental Sustainability Award was won by Flint Group Narrow Web for a new line of products designed to enable more sustainable packaging. The first product in the series, Evolution Deinking Primer, when used with Flint Group EkoCure XS inks, enables deinking of crystallisable shrink sleeves, allowing the clean sleeve label material to be recovered and recycled into PET packaging.
The Innovation Award for companies with more than 300 employees went to Actega for its Signite decoration technology. Utilizing the latest in UV-curable chemistry, Signite decorations are created entirely on press, eliminating the need for the laminated constructions used in traditional pressure-sensitive label production. Signite decorations are built in register with the graphics and label content, so there is no die cutting and no matrix to dispose of. Signite decorations are applied with a specialist inline applicator developed by Actega, initially for glass straight-walled containers.
The Innovation Award for companies with under 300 employees was awarded to S-OneLP for its ReEarth compostable flexible packaging films. ReEarth films have achieved ASTM D6400 commercial compostability standards and are both BPI and USDA Biopreferred certified. A compostable print film, adhesive, and sealant layer make up this laminated structure that can be surface printed with digital or flexographic technologies.
Caption: S-One Labels & Packaging representatives with their Innovation Award.