The Stationers' Innovation Excellence Awards Lunch was held on 20 June and the following awards made:
Overall Innovator of the Year went to the Publishers Licensing Society, which also won the new Digital Technology Application category, for its PLS Permissions, a service powered by PLSclear automating permissions and payment to re-use extracts from published content. The technology impressed the judges as it fills a major gap in the publishing market and represents a clear evolution of rights management into a field suggested by the Hargreaves Report.
Winners of the individual categories were:
Social Development: Calibre Audio Library, a national charity, for its CALdownload, an app that will transform access to books for those with sight difficulties.
Business Development:Dennis Publishing for sustaining a publishing business by successfully linking printed and internet magazine titles to a trading app.
Creative Communication: Hobs Group for its time-sequencing 3D printing technology to facilitate the communication of complex building programmes to non-specialist stakeholders.
Novel Manufacturing: Müller Martini for InfiniTrim, an innovative three-knife trimmer able to handle up to 2,000 books/h in print run or single-book mode with zero setup time.
Designs for Retail Markets: Parkside Flexibles for a new recloseable share bag that represents a step change in packaging and is ideal for the snack market.
Earth Island was highly commended in the Creative Communication category for Print Solutions, a dynamic magazine giving physical examples of what print and paper can do, while Ultimate Digital was highly commended in the Designs for Retail Markets for its use of digital technology to deliver personalised packaging linked to a social media campaign.