DataLase won for what the judges recognised as significant disruptive technology development. The company had introduced a process for printing detailed packaging labels accurately at high speeds without the use of conventional inks. In the judges’ view, the intriguing combination of digital, chemical and laser technologies has the scope for application across all aspects of the printing world where personalisation is required to be brought closer to the final consumer.
Parkside scooped an award for Rockpocket, a concept that offers an extremely lightweight pack for the transportation of high value, delicate or breakable items. It uses a combination of flexible laminate and vacuum technologies.
Heidelberg UK’s Omnifire system also won an Excellence Award. The product prints on pre-existing three-dimensional objects of all shapes and sizes. Judges were impressed by the combination of robotics and inkjet design. It was seen as a gateway for the printing industry to expand into new markets.
Chris Matthews, digital equipment business manager at Heidelberg UK, said: “We are delighted to have the Omnifire recognised. The Omnifire 250 takes print into a much wider market. It has already been adopted by the first customers who are creating added value by personalising objects.
Other winners included: Kolbus for a production system that mechanises the manufacturing of luxury packaging items that have so far only been mass-produced by manual labour; and Sun Chemical for Aquacure, a functional water-based inkjet ink technology that incorporates a hybrid of water-based and energy-curing technologies.
“Many entries this year demonstrated the power of integrating unrelated technologies to create something new. This was evident in the widespread application of digital technologies, particularly where detailed customisation is required by consumers, as well as efficient manufacturing operations,” says Tony Mash, who organised the awards programme for the third year. He also welcomed a significant increase in the number of SME companies submitting entries.”
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