The Stationers’ Company held its annual Stationers Company Innovation Excellence Awards 2016 at Stationers’ Hall on 27th June 2016. Launched back in 2014, the awards promote the best practice:
- Book and digital publishing
- Paper, printing and packaging
- Printing supplies
- Printing machinery
- Office supplies
- Design and advertising
- Website design
- Newspapers, telecommunications and broadcasting
This year’s awards encouraged entries from education sector, public bodies, such as museums, trade associations, nongovernmental organisations, companies and third party individuals.
High Standard of Entries for Stationers Company Innovation Excellence Awards
There was a 50% increase in entries for 2016 with a welcome increase from SMEs. The standard was so high this year that two companies were presented with the top prize of Innovator of the Year.
- DataLase Ltd – For their innovative process, that enables printing detailed packaging labels at high speeds without using conventional inks. The judges saw the potential for this process in terms of personalisation for the end consumer that is so important to brand success these days.
- Heidelberg UK – For the Omnifire system which enables printing on pre-existing three-dimensional objects. The judges were impressed with the potential of this technology as a gateway for the printing industry to expand into new markets at a time when demand is falling.
“Many entries this year demonstrated the power of integrating unrelated technologies to create something new. This was evident in the widespread application of digital technologies, particularly where detailed customisation is required by consumers, as well as efficient manufacturing operations,” said Tony Mash, organiser of this year’s awards.
The other six winners were:
- Jessica Kingsley Publishers – producers of innovative books and comics focussing on graphic medicine and related areas.
- Kolbus GmbH & Co KG – for their production system that mechanises the manufacturing of luxury packaging items that previously were mass-produced manually.
- Parkside for Rockpocket® – a lightweight pack to transport high value, delicate or breakable items using a combination of flexible laminate and vacuum technologies.
- Ravensbourne College – a digital platform linked to academic communities to capture, communicate and link networks to innovation and new services.
- Sun Chemical for Aquacure – a functional water-based inkjet ink technology incorporating a hybrid of water-based and energy-curing technologies that also reduces the impact on the environment.
- Troika Systems Ltd – an accurate volumetric measurement device that ensures aniloxes are in a suitable condition to ensure optimum printing press set-up efficiencies and maximise waste reduction during set-up.
The Master of the Stationers’ Company Helen Esmonde was full of praise for this year’s successful innovators:
“The key to future prosperity is to be flexible, adaptable and to present and communicate content across multi-platforms. For those companies involved in manufacturing and production, the challenge is to seek ways to harness and develop new technology to deliver better value for money in the shortest possible time. It is very encouraging in these challenging and competitive times to see the UK Communications and Content industries rising so strongly to the challenges of the future.”