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HP Print Excellence Awards 2012 Winners Announced

HP has announced the winners of the HP Print Excellence Awards, a competition to recognize the best examples of creativity and print quality produced across HP's digital portfolio.

The competition recognizes print excellence in 21 categories across Commercial Print, Sign and Display, and Labels and Packaging applications. Submissions were open to users of HP Indigo, Inkjet Web Press, Scitex and Designjet systems. The competition attracted entries from 364 customers from 47 countries.

Judging was conducted by an international team of experts: Yolanda Simonsis, editorial director PFFC-online, USA; Jean Poncet, editor in chief, Etiq & Pack, France; Eric Pierre, creative director, BBDO Paris, France; Stan Kilpin, publisher, Cygnet Publications Pty Ltd, Australia; Boaz Rossano, CEO Video Dubber, Israel; David L Zwang, president, Zwang & Co., USA; Stephen Sonnenfeld, VP advertising & brand integration, Thomson Reuters, USA; Nir Navot, art director, Amdocs Israel; and Sophie Matthews-Paul, independent consultant, UK.

Favourable Judgements

"It was exciting to see the way print service providers and their customers were able to push the envelope with the HP print technologies, especially the Indigo," said judge David Zwang. "Offset print has always been the benchmark that people use to set their expectation for quality print. There is no doubt in my mind that the Indigo print entries we saw not only met that level, but exceeded it."

"It was my honor to participate as a judge," said Yolanda Simonsis. "I believe the 'tipping point' for digital in the label and packaging industries will arrive sooner than others anticipated. Digital easily executes complex designs with perfectly registered type so fine you need a loupe to read it, vignettes so subtle and skin tones so lifelike that it now certainly surpasses analogue technologies that struggle to replicate effectively without waste."

"The HP Print Excellent Awards concentrate on innovation," said judge Sophie Matthews-Paul. "However, they also look at environmentally responsible printing. We considered how entrants demonstrated creativity and skill. Seeing how the criteria were interpreted in the submissions from different parts of the world was very interesting."

Awards were categorised by device category and by application type. The judges said that after lengthy discussions, the decisions on all winners were unanimous.

"The response to this competition exceeded our expectations. The quality of the submissions reflected how creative agencies and enterprises benefit from a wide range of applications that PSPs are producing on HP digital presses and printers," said François Martin, worldwide marketing director, Graphic Solutions Business, HP. "Receiving submissions from nearly 50 countries demonstrates the spread of digital printing around the world as well as confidence in our technologies and innovations. "

HP will present the awards to winners at a celebratory evening in their honour in Düsseldorf on 3 May. First place winners are listed below.

Commercial Print applications first place winners:

Category

Winner

Country

End-customer

Press/

Printer

Direct Mail and Transpromo

Straub + Medien AG

Germany

Straub  + Medien AG

HP Indigo

Photobooks – Wedding

Kisah Publishing

Indonesia

 

HP Indigo

Photobooks – general

Vovremja!

Russia

Vovremja!

HP Indigo

High Volume Inkjet Printing

One to One Digital Solutions

USA

New Era, Inc.

HP Inkjet Web Press

General Commercial Printing

Kubilay Ofset Ltd

Turkey

Our Own Product

HP Indigo

Publishing

Dygy GmbH

Germany

Novum-World of Graphic Design

HP Indigo

Labels and Packaging first place winners: 

Category

Winner

Country

End-customer

Press/

Printer

Wine & Spirits Labels

Gráficas Varias, SA

Spain

Miguel Torres, SA

HP Indigo

 

Food Labels

Label Apeel Ltd

UK

Long Clawson Dairies Ltd

HP Indigo

 

Health & Beauty Labels

Digital Labels Ltd

Israel

LA-labels apps

HP Indigo

 

Pharmaceutical & Nutraceutical Labels

Coreti

Spain

Escritorio Digital

HP Indigo

 

Industrial Labels

Springfield Solutions Ltd

UK

John Myland Ltd

HP Indigo

 

Shrink Sleeves

CMC Group

USA

SJ Creations

HP Indigo

 

Flexible Packaging

Essel Propack Ltd

India

 

HP Indigo

Folding Cartons

Promographic & Design

Mexico

Nattura Laboratorios, SA de CV

HP Indigo

 

Specialty

Boyallgraphics & Print Ltd

UK

Corporate Hard Hats

HP Indigo

 

Sign & Display first place winners:

Category

Winner

Country

End-customer

Press/

Printer

Outdoor Advertising

CLM BBDO

France

Mercedes-Benz France

HP Scitex

Retail POP/POS

Next Printing

Australia

Next Printing

HP Scitex

Innovative Application

Dpod Ltd

New Zealand

Pea Pods (MacKay Distribution Ltd)

HP Scitex

Vehicle Graphics

Union Inks and Graphics Philippines Inc.

Philippines

Brushstroke Creatives

HP Scitex

Exhibitions & Events

JMD Digital Art Xchange Pvt Ltd

India

 

HP Scitex

Environmental Responsibility

Golden Touch Color Laboratory and Photo Supply

Philippines

Coca-Cola

HP Scitex

 

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