Monday, 27 June 2016 saw Stationers' Hall fill with the shortlisted companies for the Stationers' Innovation Excellence Awards. Before the lunch there was an exhibition of the innovations shortlisted
and the Master presented each company with a certificate marking their achievement. After the lunch the awards were made and two companies emerged as Innovators of the year.
DataLase Ltd 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.
Heidelberg UK for its Omnifire system for printing on pre-existing three dimensional objects of all shapes and sizes. The combination of robotics and inkjet design impressed the judges who saw the technology as a gateway for the printing industry to expand into new outlets at a time when demand is falling in other sectors.
A further six awards were made as follows:
Jessica Kingsley Publishers for innovative books and comics that focus on graphic medicine and related areas, and present information about difficult subjects.
Kolbus GmbH & Co KG for a production system that mechanises the manufacturing of luxury packaging items that have so far only been mass-produced by manual labour.
Parkside for Rockpocket®, a novel concept that offers an extremely lightweight pack for the transportation of high value, delicate or breakable items using a combination of flexible laminate and vacuum technologies.
Ravensbourne College for a digital platform linked to on the ground academic communities, which captures, communicates and links networks to innovation and new services. Sun Chemical for
Aquacure, a functional water-based inkjet ink technology that incorporates a hybrid of water-based and energy-curing technologies and offers a reduction in environmental impact.
Troika Systems Ltd for an accurate volumetric measurement device used to ensure aniloxes are in a suitable condition to ensure optimum printing press set-up efficiencies and maximise waste reduction during set-up.
Pictures of the event can be viewed and purchased here.
A brochure of all entrants and their innovations can be read by clicking the image below.