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Simply the Best of In-Mold Labeling and Decorating and In-Mold Electronics

The 2021 IMDA award winners have been announced, and they are an impressive lot, indeed.

Norbert Sparrow

July 23, 2021

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Each year, the In-Mold Decorating Association (IMDA) showcases outstanding achievements within in-mold labeling (IML), in-mold decorating (IMD), and in-mold electronics (IME) through its awards program. The judges consider a number of parameters in choosing the winners, including overall design and complexity; integration of the in-mold element into the part or package; functionality; and innovation in the use of materials and processes. Manufacturing difficulty and complexity of the part, label, design, or mold are also taken into account.

Rewarding innovation and ingenuity is not the only objective of the IMDA Competition, however. Through the program, the association also hopes to raise the level of awareness and acceptance of in-mold decorated durable products and in-mold labeled packaging by OEMs, brand owners, and marketers. This is needed partly because North America continues to lag behind Europe and Asia/Pacific in adoption of the technology. You may find yourself wondering why, as you discover how this year’s award winners used IML, IMD, and IME to accomplish everything from boosting a product’s shelf appeal to preventing counterfeiting.

About the Author(s)

Norbert Sparrow

Editor in chief of PlasticsToday since 2015, Norbert Sparrow has more than 30 years of editorial experience in business-to-business media. He studied journalism at the Centre Universitaire d'Etudes du Journalisme in Strasbourg, France, where he earned a master's degree.


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