Mercury Packaging celebrated a double triumph at Flexotech International Print and Innovations Gala Awards Dinner held recently at the Hilton Metropole in London. As well as coming first in the Flexible Packaging (Process) category, the leading European flexible packaging specialist was named overall winner of the prestigious Supreme award.
The winning pack was produced for Dublin-based National Plastic Packaging (NPP) for Hewlett Packard’s Premium Plus Photo Paper. Using Mercury Packaging’s state-of-the-art eight colour flexographic print press, the eye-catching design was reverse printed to clear OPP (orientated polypropylene) film, and then laminated to a white opaque LDPE (low density polyethylene.)
The company also used Flint inks and Asahi plate polymer with repro and plates by Phoenix Printing Plates in Bristol.
Speaking about Mercury Packaging’s winning entry, the judges commented: “An outstanding winner with great results in all ways. The design captures the glamour of the subject matter with excellent vignettes. The range of tones, from the detail in the veil to the shadows in the hair, is exceptional. The dots are held superbly, and it is noticeable how new film technology has enhanced the quality still further. They concluded: “Mercury is a most worthy winner and a unanimous choice.”
Tony Stanger, Mercury Packaging’s Managing Director, said: “Our pack was judged against print from much larger companies, and it just goes to show what can be achieved with a highly skilled and dedicated group of people working closely together throughout the entire process – from design to final production.”
Established in 1999, Mercury Packaging employs over 50 people at its site in Kirkby-in-Ashfield and now boasts an annual turnover of approximately £7million. The company manufactures a wide range of flexible packaging products, including bags, pouches and film-on-the-reel, aimed at the food, mailing, magazine publishing, retail, security and fulfilment markets.
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