AWA Alexander Watson Associates (Amsterdam, Netherlands) launched the Sleeve Label Awards just four years ago to reward quality and originality in the design, production and application of all types of sleeve labels, one of the newest and fastest-growing technologies in labeling. Today, sleeve labels are at the heart of several end-use markets, particularly bottled drinks, and continue to grow. This year’s winners received their awards at the AWA International Sleeve Label Conference & Exhibition on April 18 to 20 in Atlanta, proving once again how innovative and technically superb this industry is. Yolanda Simonsis, editor of PFFC Online, and Corey Reardon, President and CEO of AWA Alexander Watson Associates, made the presentations. They are pictured here with Gavin Cook (center) of Safety Seal Plastics, who took home two of the four prizes this year.
The expert judging panel consisted of Tom Hammer, Séamus Lafferty and Will Schretzman from Siegwerk, Accraply and Verst Group, respectively. It was a hard task to choose winners from the universally high quality of the entries across all the categories, in itself testimony to the industry’s achievements today. They, therefore, chose to hand out a limited number of awards, all of which represent a step forward for the sleeve labeling industry in the minds of the judges. You can judge for yourselves by flipping through this short slide show.