Foremost among the awards is the R. Stanton Avery Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes the values and vision of Stan Avery, the founder of pressure sensitive labeling, and is presented to a high profile industry veteran. This year’s nominees are Angelo Bartesaghi of Omet, Joseph Weber Jr. of Weber Marking Systems, Tom Rink of Ritrama, Jaume Puigbó of Caposa Group, Andrew Jack of Dow Corning, Helmut Schreiner of Schreiner Group, and Jørgen Gerhardt of Gerhardt Engraving.
The European Converter of the Year award is given to a company with a long record of innovation and pan-European product sales, or global suppliers in specialist or niche markets. Nominees are Pago, Drorys Etichette, Fix-a-Form/Denny Brothers, Arca Etichette, Herma, Illospear (formerly Illochroma), Schreiner Group, and Caposa Group.
The Continuous Innovation Award is presented to a long-established supplier or converter company that has demonstrated innovation and pioneering efforts, has developed markets and products to benefit the industry, is involved in the industry, is environmentally aware and active, and several other criteria. The nominees are RotoMetrics, Rotoflex, XSYS Print Solutions, Dow Corning, Gerhardt Engraving, AB Graphics International, ExxonMobil, UPM Raflatac, and Kocher + Beck.
The New Innovation Award has criteria similar to the Continuous Innovation Award, but it is presented to a new supplier or converter company. This year’s nominees are AVT (Advanced Vision Technologies), DiMS, Bielomatik, Stork Prints, GEW, and Xeikon.