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									Supreme Award Winner and Finalists Stories

Supreme Award Winner

Beautiful Chocolate Box Takes Sweetest Prize for South Island

A chocolate box described by judges as “a beautiful piece of work” last night (Friday) carried
off the Supreme Award of the 2009 New Zealand Pride In Print Awards for a South Island
     Before representatives of the elite of New Zealand’s printers and packaging companies
at the Wellington Convention Centre, Amcor Cartons of Christchurch took the major “Oscar”
of the night with its 250g Cadbury’s Old Gold Carton. The chocolate box also won the
Packaging Category of the Awards.
     Amcor Cartons South Island manager Nigel Harrison said that in a lifetime of working in
the print industry this was the most difficult job he had encountered.
     “It was so difficult to achieve with the colours and the embossing, but we promised to
Cadbury’s we could do it. The printers who first handled it, hated it. But they were
determined to make it happen and now Cadbury’s have seen the finished effect they want to
replicate it in other packaging lines.”
     Mr Harrison said that he believed it was a first for this combination of print techniques in
     Senior packaging judge Laurie Lark said the box was an outstanding example of
prepress, printing and finishing.
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NZ Leads the World in Flexography

Proof that New Zealand leads the world in flexographic technique and craftsmanship was
found in this year’s Pride In Print Flexography Category winner, printed by Convex Plastics
Ltd of Hamilton.
    The Waikato firm’s pet food wrapper -- Supercoat Kitten with Real Chicken & Rice 8kg –
was lauded by expert judge Frank Brokken as world class.
    “The flexographic world continues to look at New Zealand and wonders how we
consistently do it.”
    Accepting the award, Convex Plastic printing manager Gary Dillistone agreed with the
judge’s assessment of the standards of flexography in New Zealand.
    “Our client here, Nestle, has very stringent standards we have to meet. This was an
export job too, so to have done so well is especially pleasing.”
Water Label Hits Heights in the Mountains

A label that went on to water bottles for rail travellers crossing the Southern Alps has taken
out the Labels Category prize at the Pride In Print Awards.
    The label was printed by Geon in Christchurch for Tranz Scenic, the long-distance
passenger division of KiwiRail, and was used for bottles on board scenic trains such as the
Tranz Alpine express which is rated one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world.
    Accepting the award, Geon Group General Manager Andrew Durrans said: “It is great to
get recognition from the judges but it is very important to remember that this is a commercial
job, and you need to earn recognition from the customer, which we did with this label.”
    Expert judge Chris Mills said it was an excellent print job.
    “Printing self adhesive is difficult because it tends to move. The printers have mastered
that well here.”

Faultless Peanut Wrapper A Winner in Gravure
A wrapper for a traditional Whittaker’s Peanut Block that judges found to be flawless has
won the Gravure Category prize at the Pride In Print Awards.
    Gravure Packaging of Petone printed the label for J.H Whittaker & Sons Ltd, and the fact
that a machine 30-years-old or more was used for the job emphasised the skill involved
when the wrapper was examined by judges.
    Expert judge Frank Brokken said he could find nothing wrong with the wrapper at all.
    “We have looked over this job and can’t find a fault with it. The work that has gone into it
is outstanding.”
    Accepting the award, Gravure Packaging sales manager Thomas Kaffes said his staff
would be thrilled. “The fact we did this on our oldest machine, even though it has been highly
modified over the years, is a testament to the work of the team. We have a team of just 25
and it is a credit to them that we always strive for excellence.”

Cuisine Magazine “Up There” With International Print Quality

An edition of Cuisine magazine that would have “been outstanding in international
competitions” has taken out the Web Heatset category honours at the Pride In Print Awards.
   The magazine was printed by PMP Print Christchurch for Fairfax Magazines. Expert
judge Bob Morgan said the impact the magazine had with the judges was made more
remarkable because the judges themselves were applying tougher standards.
   Mr Morgan added that he had recently been involved in Asian and Australian print
awards, and this entry was “up there” with the top entries he had seen overseas.
   PMP Print’s Steve Thompson said his company genuinely expected the job to win
“something” at this year’s Awards.
   “I don’t want to sound arrogant about that, but we put a lot of effort into quality all the way
through the organisation and that’s the way you look after and keep clients,” he said.
Good Magazine Sets New Benchmark for Environmental Printing

A new environmental benchmark has been set for the print industry by the creation of a
magazine that has a carbon neutral in its printing.
    Good Magazine, which took out the Industry Development and Innovation category at
the Pride In Print Awards, has monitored all the stages of its production in order to make the
carbon-neutral claim.
    The magazine was printed by Image Centre Ltd
    Senior judge Damian Fleming said the magazine set a new standard for others to look
up to.
    “What this sets is a benchmark for others. There will be other print buyers who come to
printing companies and say ‘I want quality but I also want something that is environmentally
sound’. This magazine has shown the way to answer that.”

Old and New Combine in Superb Example of Finishing
A book that brings together the traditional feel of buckram covers and the modern technology
of digital print has topped the Specialty Processes -- Binding and Finishing category in the
Pride In Print Awards.
   The Duplicities of Familial Bliss book was printed by Kinetic 121 for Vanessa McRae
Photographer, with Momento Photobooks Ltd of Wellington being the entrant, print buyer
and also the finisher.
   Expert judge Chris Woodhead said the book was a fantastic example of tradition and new
technology being married in today’s print world.
   Momento’s Jackie Harris said her young company -- Momento Photo Books being about
18 months old and Momento Binding under a year old -- had “no inkling at all” it would be a
Supreme Finalist in its first year of entry to Pride In Print.
   “We are very excited,” said Ms Harris. “We have an amazing team of people, I am the
front person for very skilled craftspeople.”

Print Moves into the World of Architectural Design

Ceiling panels that have become the centrepiece of a major tourist drawcard have been
credited with bringing print technology and graphic design into the world of architectural and
building design.
   The ceiling “diamonds” for the Aoraki/Mt Cook Visitor Centre took out the Digital Printing -
Applied Graphics Category top prize at the Pride In Print Awards.
   Produced by Big Colour Imaging Limited of Auckland for the Department of Conversation,
and designed by Rick Pearson and Associates, the panels were printed on clear adhesive
and mounted on acrylic before being mounted on aluminium framing. When hung from the
ceiling of the visitor centre they became translucent, catching the light coming through the
windows and reflecting the snow-capped mountain.
   Senior judge Matt Hall said that this is the first time judges had seen this kind of
   “Surprised and elated”, Big Colour Imaging’s Aaron King regarded the Supreme Finalist’s
achievement as somewhat of a “graduation” for his 25-year-old company, which only
recently evolved from signage into printing and last year won a Gold Medal with its first
Awards entry.
   “We are a very small company, we try to do good work for our clients and this is a bit of
recognition for us,” he said.

Multi-Tasking Letterhead Wins Business Forms Prize

A combined letterhead and membership card created for the New Zealand Police
Association has topped the Business Forms Category in the Pride In Print Awards.
   The police association form was printed by Wickliffe Ltd in Auckland and was entered in
the Business Print - Business Forms – Reelfed section of the awards
   Expert judge John Wills said the printer had been tasked with a number of jobs in
producing the form, as it had to be more than a letterhead, inclusive of distinctive police blue
and white hatching and a logo. It also had to have a membership card integrated so that
recipients could receive the card by mail.
   “When everything is brought together, it has answered all of the requirements asked of
the printer by the customer,” he said.
   Wickliffe’s Charles Miller said feedback from the end client had been “fantastic” and
added it was “wonderful to be recognised by one’s peers”.
    “Which is what Pride In Print is all about.”

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