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Raising the bar in flexo print

Our last edition (PPM Sept 2013) included a copy of the FTASA Print Excellence Awards winners’ brochure, published for distribution at the presentation luncheon. Now we provide photographic coverage of this important celebration. Words by Karen Stretch; photography by Clive Glover.

In September, South Africa’s flexographic printing elite gathered at the 16th annual FTASA (Flexographic Technical Association of South Africa) Print Excellence Awards.

This much-anticipated event constantly contributes to raising industry standards and showcasing advances in flexographic printing.


‘The purpose of these annual awards is to demonstrate that flexography in South Africa compares favourably with that achieved globally, and to show that this print process competes in quality terms with any other,’ comments Bill Marshall, judging panel chairman and MD of Syndicate Graphics. ‘There were occasions where the judging panel was split in its decision and often entries were re-examined to determine a clear winner. That’s how dedicated we are to pushing print standards to another level. Once again, I can say that all the winners have done the South African industry proud!’

The ‘Best on Show’ accolade went to the lidding film on Den Dairy’s range of low-fat fruit yoghurts, printed by Pietermaritzburg-based Aluminium Foil Converters on an Aquaflex press, using inks from Hi-Tech Inks and MacDermid plates produced by Cape Town’s Syreline Process (see article on page 40).

This entry also took the Gold medal (in the Flexible Packaging Narrow Web process category). The judging panel was bowled over by the beautifully reproduced photography, achieved by using a digitally modulated screen developed by Syreline Process. It’s the first of its kind in South Africa.

To view a photographic review of the proud Gold winners and their award-winning products CLICK HERE . . .

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