EFIA Print Awards celebrate top flexo achievements

STANDOUT achievements in the flexographic industry have been recognised at the 2020 European Flexographic Industry Association (EFIA) Print Awards.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this year’s ceremony moved to an online format, with live streaming taking place from Sterling Studios. The ceremony was hosted by BBC Breakfast’s Charlie Stayt.

The winning companies included DS Smith, FFP Packaging Solutions, Roberts Mart, Interflex Group, Encore Group, Saica and Coveris. Smurfit Kappa took home a whopping 17 accolades.

Other gold winners included Reflex Mansfield, East Riding Snacks, Emirates Printing, Uniflex CJSC, BOBST UK & Ireland, JFM Plates, The Label Makers and Z Due snc.

FFP Packaging Solutions was the overall winner, winning Best in Show for its Juicy Meat Company Large Beef Easy Cook Pouch. Interflex claimed second place in the category, with Saica Flex Buxton finishing third.

Another big winner was Roberts Mart & Co Ltd, picking up eight accolades including a gold award for its work in flexo printing. Supplier of the Year, voted for by the print members of EFIA, was handed to Contact Originators, and the company also collected the Repro Company of the Year award.

Following its introduction last year, the Environmental and Sustainability award was again up for grabs. This year the winner was FFP Packaging Solutions for its work in creating its Esterseal pack, described as a complete PET lidding film and tray solution that produced the first resealable pack in the UK to be classified as fully recyclable by OPRL.