Fespa Awards 2019: 10 awards to 6 companies from India

Recognizing excellence in print industry

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FESPA Awards 2019 announced

At the Fespa 2019 Global Print Expo, 10 Fespa Awards went to Indian companies. These include 6 golds, one silver and one bronze, a distinction and a People’s Choice award.

Perfect Packaging from Pune won gold in the Display and Packaging on Paper & Board category for a perfume box for Lory, printed in offset litho on high quality folding box board, soft touch laminated, and enhanced with gold, blue and silver foil. To add an extra dimension of textured finishes, screen-printed UV varnish was added to produce four different texture effects.

Spectrum Scan from Mumbai won gold in the Display & Packaging on Plastic category for a backlit flange produced for Elephant House ice-cream, a multi-color exterior projection sign for attracting attention during day and night. The artwork was pre-distorted to compensate for the thermoforming process and screen-subsurface printed with spot colors. After thermoforming, the signs were assembled with LED lighting and brackets for wall mounting.

Classic Stripes from Mumbai received three awards. The company won gold in the Decals and Printed Labels category for a HiLux-commissioned decal set, screen printed in three colors over white, including metallic gold using extended light-fast solvent-based inks on automotive-grade transparent vinyl. Classic also won gold for an Elephant House badge that was screen printed on a semi-automatic flatbed printer in nine colors using solvent-based inks on chrome ABS, before being vacuum-formed to its final shape. In the category Functional Printing, the company won bronze for an Ashok Leyland dial that was screen printed on the top face with nine special colors and then subsurfaced on the reverse with a further ten colors on polycarbonate, including fluorescent inks to ensure 24-hour illumination. Classic Stripes had already won a similar Functional Printing award two years ago.

Feather Graphics India from Ghaziabad won silver for a polyester flexible membrane keypad with built-in LEDs, manufactured to withstand operating temperatures from minus 35 to plus 70 degrees Celsius, reverse screen-printed in five colors plus tactile doming and conductive dielectric layers. The company also received the Distinction for a texture-embossed sticker in the Decals and Printed Labels category.

Dhanvi Rasiklal Shah Arts Company from Ahmedabad received the Distinction in the Serigraphy and Fine Arts category for artwork commissioned by Yogini.

The Maharashtra Institute of Printing Technology in Pune received this year’s People’s Choice Award for a set of screen-printed posters.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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