Gravure Shows Off Its Best

Naples, Fl | The Packaging & Label Gravure Assn. (PLGA) honored its best, in the presence of 120 registered attendees, during its annual Operational Conference held March 11-13 in Miami, FL. With 81 entries for the 2009 competition, down from previous years, James Lepp, executive director, noted that international participation had reached a new high. In fact, judges decided to divide the spoils between international and domestic winners.

Taking the international limelight with Best of Show is CLP Packaging Solution, Israel, for its rendition of Marks & Spencer Raspberry & Mango Passion Fruit Coulis. A shaped pouch construction captures the consumer's eye with elegant printing that intimates an upscale look. CLP Packaging uses Siegwerk ink for a reverse-printed pouch in four colors and employs a Cerutti press for a four-ply lamination that comprises PET/Bonyl/aluminum foil/CPP. Judges felt the solids were very good and the halftones outstanding.

Avery Dennison's Security Printing Div. walked home with the domestic Best of Show award for its American Scientist Stamp. The Fasson 60# facestock is printed six colors (employing a 300-450 line screen) on a Dai-Nippon Kiko 10-color rotogravure press, using Siegwerk C Type solvent-based inks with Environmental Ink & Coating's water-based coating. A small dot pattern complicated the printing process, but despite the complexity of the design, reversed-out images remained perfect. Judges noted such high screen count printing is a job that only gravure could deliver.

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