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Miraclon announces return of Global Flexo Innovation Awards


Industry expert, Christopher Horton, confirmed as independent judging panel chairman

Miraclon, home of KODAK FLEXCEL Solutions, today announces the return of the Global Flexo Innovation Awards to honor companies that are at the forefront of the transformation of the flexo industry. Christopher Horton, former senior vice president of SGS, will chair the independent international judging panel that will comprise a rich selection of flexo industry influencers, technical experts and CPGs.

The inaugural Global Flexo Innovation awards, launched in 2018, received over 200 entries spanning across 26 countries. With high quality considered a pre-condition, the ‘one of a kind’ program looks beyond the print sample and recognizes innovations that deliver value across the print production value chain.  Entries had to demonstrate how flexographic printing, KODAK FLEXCEL NX Technology and their own innovative approach resulted in outstanding achievements in the use of creative design, production workflow improvements, greater use of the flexo print process and commitment to sustainability.

Emma Schlotthauer, Chief Marketing Officer at Miraclon, comments: “The transformation and growth of the flexo industry is dependent on companies that grow their businesses through innovation that impacts the whole supply chain while driving an efficient, consistent and sustainable manufacturing process. The first iteration of the Global Flexo Innovation Awards proved that there are a great number of these businesses that have motivating stories to tell. The Global Flexo Innovation Awards not only celebrates these companies, it also helps bring like-minded individuals together and creates a valuable global network in pursuit of the same goals. The next round of the Awards program will further strengthen that network.”

Christopher Horton, who was also on the previous Global Flexo Awards judging panel, is excited to again be part of the judging process: “It’s great to see what companies around the globe are accomplishing with flexo to differentiate themselves from competitors and bring additional value to their customers. While other awards typically focuses on quality print, the Global Flexo Innovation Awards allows the industry to showcase how they are using flexo technology to be more efficient, reduce waste and leverage environmental benefits, and execute work to a higher level to meet brand and financial needs. It is the perfect platform to showcase the transformation of flexo and the future of the flexo industry.”

As an Entrepreneur, Innovator, and Executive, Christopher spent the last 30 years of his working career driving exponential gains in company value for the organizations he worked with. He entered the Graphic Services space by founding Advance Printing Products, Inc. (APP) in 1988, and grew the business value to several million dollars before merging the company with Southern Graphic Systems, Inc. (SGS) in early 2001. With SGS, Christopher was instrumental in the company’s growth into a Global Graphic Services powerhouse before he retired from SGS in 2015.  He remained active in Graphic Services – today providing business optimization and exit planning consulting services.

The rest of the judging panel, which will see experts representing the complete flexo and packaging value chain, will be announced next month. Entries for the 2021 Global Flexo Innovation Awards will open later this year.

Click here for more information on the winners of the 2019 Global Flexo Innovation Awards.

About Miraclon

KODAK FLEXCEL Solutions have helped transform flexographic printing over the last decade. Now brought to life by Miraclon, KODAK FLEXCEL Solutions – including the industry-leading FLEXCEL NX System – give customers higher quality, improved cost efficiency, better productivity and best-in-class results. With a focus on pioneering image science, innovation, and collaboration with industry partners and customers, Miraclon is committed to the future of flexo and is positioned to lead the charge. Find out more at  Follow us on twitter @kodakflexcel and connect with us on Linkedin; Miraclon Corporation.