The In-Mold Decorating Association of Scottsdale has announced winners of its 2009 IMDA Awards Competition, selecting the best of 47 entries from 17 companies around the world:
Best IMD Durable Product, to Polisport of Portugal for a dirt bike front fender that provides the look of brushed metal. The judges called it an innovative use of a polypropylene substrate overmolded on the front half of the fender with the brushed-metal-look PP.
Honorable Mention IMD Durable Product, to Inland Label and Marketing Services LLC of La Crosse, Wis., which worked with molder Technimark LLC of Asheboro, N.C., and LCR Hallcrest of Connah's Quay, Wales, for a process using thermochromatic inks (temperature-activated color changing) for an injection molded thermo cup.
Best Injection Molded Part, to Polisport for dirt bike hand protectors using two-shot injection molding to make high-gloss, decorated parts from PP.
Best Label Design, to label producer Smyth Cos. Inc. of St. Paul, Minn., and molder Technimark, for an in-mold-labeled cup that mimics a traditional glass Coca-Cola bottle.
Honorable Mention Label Design, to Arta Plast AB of Tyreso, Sweden, for an upside-down package that allows the bottom of the package to be used as a serving tray for liver pÃ¢té. The patented 1-Seal technology uses the in-mold label on the bottom tray as the sealing mechanism, without an extra foil or membrane.
Best Product Family, to StackTeck Systems Inc. of Brampton, Ontario, for movie-theme cups and buckets.
Honorable Mention Product Family, to StackTeck for a margarine package that balances technical, functional and aesthetic features.
Best Thin-Wall Packaging, to Union Street Brand Packaging of Northborough, Mass., for a Clorox Décor disinfecting wipes package, molded by Nypro Inc. of Clinton, Mass. The judges said the full-wrap IML gives a seamless look by maintaining a consistent profile from the canister side walls to the cover.
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