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Annual Awards Competition

For more than 25 years, TLMI has conducted an Annual Awards Competition — and competitive it is! The number of entries has grown each year since the competition was established.

Designed to recognize and stimulate innovative printing and technical achievement by its members, the competition presents awards in 21 categories including the coveted Best of Show, chosen from among all first place winners. A special Innovator Award recognizes new technology and/or product development that represents a breakthrough in the tag and label industry.

Here is a look at the past five Best of Show winners.

2007: Taylor Made Labels, Lake Oswego, OR, earned the top prize with its Symbion Wine Bottle & Neck Label. It was entered in the category of Wine & Spirits-Flexography/Letterpress (color process-prime). The label features ultraviolet (UV) flexographic inks, four-color process with two spot colors, embossed printing, and two spot overprint varnishes as highlights on 60# gloss, pressure-sensitive stock. It has a unique die-cut as well. Photopolymer plates and 800- and 900-line screen anilox rolls are used.

2006: G-3 Enterprises, Modesto, CA, converted the Bridlewood-Blue Roan Syrah label in the category of Wine & Spirits-Flexography/Letterpress (line and screen/tone-prime) for its best of show entry. The most difficult challenge was that of uncoated stock, which required a fairly heavy laydown of black without closing in the fine type. Using a 200-line screen, the label was printed rotary screen at 250 fpm.

2005 | Dow Industries, Wilmington, MA, earned best of show for its work on the Victoria's Secret Love Spell Hairspray. Entered in the Multi-Process category, the customer's objectives for this label were good opacity and the highest quality graphics possible. The amount of detail in the image needed to be exceptionally sharp and vibant. This was accomplished through a totally digital workflow. A special mixture of magenta and rhodamine is used to enhance the purple. This label uses six colors, run two-color rotary screen and four-color HDUV flexo at 150 fpm with a 175-line screen. The award-winning label is applied to a brushed gold aerosol container.

2004 | Tapp Technologies Inc., Langley,BC, Canada, proved to be the top prize winner for its Nickel & Nickel Zinfandel wine label, entered in the Wine & Spirits (offset color process-prime) category. The converter faced the challenge of foil stamping over foil, and the die-cut was difficult to maintain. The processes used to create the label include 330-lpi four-color printing with extra black; gold and black foil stamping, embossing, and aqueous varnishing.

2003 | McDowell Label & Screen Printing, Dallas, TX, took best of show for its Frosted Marshmallow label, which was entered in the Multi-Process (line and screen/tone-prime) category. To achieve the label's 3-D “frosted” look, the converter uses a 175-line screen, UV flexo inks, with a rotary screen print white, plus a special raised patterned UV topcoat on a clear film.


2007 - Taylor Made Labels

2006 - G-3 Enterprises

2005 - Dow Industries

2004 - Tapp Technologies Inc.

2003 - McDowell Label & Screen Printing

2002 - Dow Industries

2001 - Valley Forge Tape & Label

2000 - Adams Label & Tag Ltd.

1999 - Custom Tape & Label Co.

1998 - Label Technology Inc.

1997 - Impressive Labels

1996 - Spectrum Label Corp.

1995 - GBS Labeling Systems

1994 - Artcraft Converters

1993 - Advanced Web Technologies

1992 - Gar-Doc Inc.

1991 - Lewis Label Products

1990 - Custom Tape & Label Co.

1989 - Lewis Label Products

1988 - Artcraft Converters

1987 - Gar-Doc Inc.

1986 - Lewis Label Products

1985 - Mid America Tag & Label

1984 - Gar-Doc Inc.

1983 - Mid America Tag & Label

1982 - National Label Co.*

1982 - Denney-Reyburn**

1981 - Dot Mfg.*

1981 - Dot Mfg.**

1980 - Packaging Systems Corp.

* Label Div./** Tag Div.

World Label Awards

TLMI members also participate in a competition that pits first-place winners against those from other association label competitions, including FINAT, the Japanese Label Foundation, and the Australian Label Assn. Following are the First Place winners of the 2007 World Label Awards:

Mid Atlantic Label Inc.
Taylor Made Label Inc.
Dow Industries
WS Packaging Group Inc.
Copac Inc.
McDowell Label & Screen Printing
Collotype Labels
Sato Corp.
Labelgraphics (Glasgow) Ltd.
TAPP Technologies Inc.
National Label Co.

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