The prestigious award is sponsored by Avery Dennison, which this year marks the 100th year since the birth of Stan Avery, who is considered to be the founder of the pressure sensitive industry.
Andrew Jack has a career spanning more than 35 years in the silicone industry, first with Midland Silicones and then with Dow Corning Corporation. As a global account technical manager in Dow Corning’s global business unit responsible for the development and application of silicone release systems for the pressure sensitive adhesive industry, Jack has for many years been at the forefront of Dow Corning’s pioneering products in solventless silicones, water based silicones and, more recently, the provision of advanced cost effective products that offer improvements in applied silicone costs.
In 1985, he was responsible for the opening of a new Dow Corning application laboratory in Belgium, which also involved moving the Technical Service Department from England. This laboratory has become one of the benchmarks of the pressure sensitive industry and the main silicone technical service center in Europe, with Andrew traveling all over the world in pursuit of global standards and product excellence in the label business, as well as speaking at many of the industry’s conferences.
“Andrew Jack has made a major impact over the years on the world of labels through his contributions to silicone release technology, and to the work of FINAT and the development of global standards,” says Mike Fairley, chairman of the judging panel. “The judges felt that he exemplified all the requirements of the Lifetime Achievement Award criteria and were enthusiastic in announcing him as the 2007 winner. We look forward to celebrating with Andrew and the rest of the industry at the awards’ evening on the first night of Labelexpo Europe.”
Finalists in the other award categories were also announced by the international judges. The winners of these categories will be revealed at the Label Industry Global Awards and Gala Dinner at Autoworld in Brussels, on the evening of September 26.
The 2007 finalists are:
European Converter of the Year, sponsored by Xsys Print Solutions: Pago AG, Schreiner Group and Caposa Group.
Label Industry Award for Continuous Innovation, sponsored by Label & Narrow Web, Labels & Labeling and NarroWebTech: RotoMetrics, Rotoflex and Dow Corning.
Label Industry Award for New Innovation: Stork Prints, DiMS and AVT.
Judges were David Harrison, president of FINAT; John Hickey, chairman of TLMI; Jack Kenny, editor of Label & Narrow Web; Andy Thomas, editor of Labels & Labeling; and Tony White, editor of NarroWebTech.