Finewrap Australia has shone in flexography for 2005 winning several awards at the 20th annual Australian Flexographic Technical Association (AFTA) awards recently held in Auckland, New Zealand. Jamie Wade reports for Packaging.
The company won gold in Mid Web Reverse Print Paper Halftone, and gold in the highly coveted Wide Web Surface Print Film Halftone category for Arnott’s Shortbread Cream which it also won best in show.
Finewrap flexo apprentice Luke Nissinen won apprentice of the year from a field of seven high calibre apprentices, and went on to collect Finewrap’s trophy for Best of Show.
Apprentice of the year nominees that made the short list included: Michael Scown of Jenkins Group NZ, Andrew Rowe of Epic Flexible Packaging NZ, Steffan Pedersen of Cryovac Sealed Air NZ, Aaron LePine-Williams of Checkpoint Systems NZ and Jason Goldworthy of Convex plastics NZ, and Craig McCulloch of Aperio Flexipac Australia.
Highly commended, silver and bronze awards were presented on the night in each of the following categories: Narrow Web, Mid Web, Wide Web, Beverage Carton & Cups, Postprint, Corrugated, and Tag & Label. More than half of entries received were for the Wide Web category.
No entries were received from the Preprint Liner for Corrugated, Folding Cartons or Multiwall Sacks categories.
Gold medal winners included Le Mac Enterprises NSW, Pacific Labels NSW, Admark Visual Packaging NSW, Sealed Air NZ, Detmold Packaging SA, FPSI Vic, Tetra Pak NSW, Charta Packaging NZ and Halley Labels NZ.
Judges included Alan Williams, Phil Norvil, Bernard Labigang, Rob Glover, Brien Connolly, Kym Bridges, Bob Jago, Robert Holzinger, Stuart Butler, Warren Lofts, Andrew North, Gary McQuiggan and Neil Flowers.
Awards chairperson Robert James said judges noted significant improvements in the overall quality of entries with excellent print to print cylinder repeat consistency, especially in the wide web category.
“The judges, however, concluded that about 20% of entries submitted were of medium quality. It was felt that several entries had been submitted for judging without first examining the overall print quality which once again raises the issue of attention to detail, of an entry,” he said.
“If a print customer is critical of consistent quality then a minor defect will most certainly be identified by the judging teams.
“The judges identified several prominent flexo print defects. These included mottle, gear marks, blade lines, picking, misregister, excess impression and a variety of minor blemishes from poor press settings.”