The best and brightest in the flexographic industry have been recognised at the annual Flexographic Industry Association (FIAUK) Print Awards, an event which saw the organisation unveil its new identity as FIAUK.

This year’s awards at the iconic National Railway Museum in York proved a runaway success, hosted by renowned impressionist and comedian John Culshaw. The Print Awards bring together the best and most innovative companies from across the flexographic industry to highlight print quality, efficiency, innovation, sustainability and technical development.

This year, companies that picked up gold awards included, Olympus Print Group, East Riding Sacks, Smurfit Kappa, Roberts Mart, Interflex Group, Saica, Coveris, Packaging Technologies, Vista Labels, Cardboard Box, AV Flexologic, DS Smith Packaging, Amberley Labels, Miraclon, Uniflex, International Paper Italia and Emirates. Leading the winners tally was Smurfit Kappa, taking home four gold accolades.

Saica Flex Buxton was the overall winner of the event, winning Best in Show for its Fox’s Milk/White/Triple Chunk Cookies packaging. Olympus Print Group and Interflex Group Sunderland both claimed second place in the category, with Coveris Burnley taking the bronze.

Supplier of the Year, voted for by the printer members of FIAUK, went to pre-press specialist Contact Originators and the company also retained Repro Company of the Year. Special recognition awards were given to Alan Quinn of Reflex Group for his outstanding contribution to the industry, while Phil Arnold of Royston Labels was named Student of the Year.

Neil Jones, Chairman of the Board, added on the night that the rebranding highlighted the Association’s commitment to the UK flexographic market, further highlighting to both the industry and association members that meeting their needs will continue to be front and centre of the work carried out by FIAUK.

The rebrand also includes a newly refreshed website and modernised logo.

To view all the winning entries and the photographs from the evening, please visit  www.fiauk.co.uk under Winning Entries and Awards Gallery or contact FIA on email: admin@fiauk.co.uk.­­­