Apex International – Customers earn many flexo print awards
THE NETHERLANDS • Towards the end of 2017, Apex International customers were nominated and 34 were declared award winners for their submissions printed with Apex anilox technology. In the EFTA Benelux, FlexoTech and FlexoStars contests, judges evaluated and judged the finest submissions in flexo printed paper and corrugated board.
The 2nd EFTA-Benelux Flexo Awards, a biennial competition that accepts entries from printers in Belgium and The Netherlands, was held in Antwerp on 9 November. During the ceremony, seven of eight print gold awards were Apex customers: Max Aarts B.V. (flexo print on foil/narrow), Oerlemans Plastics B.V. (flexo print on foil/wide), Etiket Nederland (flexo print on paper/small), Papierindustrie Adriaan Dekker B.V. (flexo print on paper/medium), Mondi Poperinge (flexo print on paper/wide), and double award-winner VPK Packaging N.V. (corrugated post print/uncoated and corrugated post print coated).
At the FlexoTech Awards held in London in late November, four Apex customers took home a gold award: Coveris (UV flexo paper & board), Stora Enso (corrugated post-print, C-Flute and above), Smurfit Kappa CRP (sacks and corrugated preprint liner), and Flex-N-Roll (any flexo job previously printed by another process).
Recognizing the best flexo prints in France, the French Technical Association of Flexography (ATF) held its 31st edition of FlexoStars in Saint-Malo on 14 December. Gold winners that printed with Apex anilox technology were: Sical (corrugated cardboard post print on uncoated), International Paper (corrugated cardboard post print on coated), Richard Laleu (paper-based printing), Gascogne Sacs (complex films printed with water-based ink), Lysipack (awarded twice for aluminum printing and continuous printing on paper) and Palamy (non-complex films: polyethylene – PP – polyester – polyamide – pvc). Gascogne Sacks was also awarded the Technical Jury Award, and Smurfit Kappa Colorys received the Artistic Jury Award.
Additional Apex customers also received silver and bronze awards and were nominated in all three events. Apex collectively and proudly congratulates all the winners and nominees for their esteemed contributions to the flexo industry.
Based in Hapert, Netherlands, Apex International is among the world’s largest manufacturers of precision flexographic ink-to-plate transfer technology including anilox technology and sleeves for narrow- and wide-web, corrugated, offset and coating applications.