2017 AIMCAL Product of the Year Awards

AIMCAL represents converters of metallized, coated and laminated flexible substrates and their suppliers. Contest categories include the Product of the Year award, Marketing and Technical Awards.


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Product of the Year Award

Microbe-resistant Sharklet embossed vinyl overlaminate

By: FLEXcon Co.

The pressure-sensitive, clear Sharklet overlaminate is micro-embossed in repeating micropatterns reminiscent of a shark’s skin. The microscopic texture, patented by Sharklet Technologies, Aurora, CO, must be precisely manufactured to a specific height, width and depth, and makes it difficult for bacteria to attach and multiply.



Packaging: Food Category, Marketing

Samaa basmati rice from Sulson Overseas Pvt. Ltd

By: Flex Films Inc.

The bag features a front, back and bottom of matte-finished biaxially oriented polypropylene/metallized polyethylene terephthalate (mPET)/clear polyethylene (PE) with gussets of clear PET/PET/PE. A tamper-evident, three-dimensional slide-to-close zipper on the front panel protects product quality and eliminates the need to transfer contents to a reclosable container. A side-gusset handle shifts the center of gravity of the relatively heavy bag to make it easier to handle.



Technical: Food Category

Godiva Chocolatier Inc. gift box

By: Hazen Paper Co.

The box features Hazen’ s transfer-metallized Envirofoil paper, which is microembossed, modified tip-coated gold and floodcoated clear. The nano-thin layer of texturized aluminum and lightly applied gold tint and clear coat impart a lustrous effect as well as scuff and crack resistance. Compared to its previous box wrap, the gold coating relies on proprietary colorants that achieve the desired appearance with 98% fewer particulates and a significant reduction in energy consumption to apply and dry multiple layers of ​particulate-laden ink.



Packaging: Nonfood Category, Marketing


By: Unifoil Corp.

The limited edition 2016 Holiday Pack carrier matches a run of 16-oz. red aluminum bottles marking the anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition. Produced in three sizes, the carrier consists of a lamination of two weights of Carrier Kote paperboard.



Packaging: Healthcare, Cosmetics and Toiletries Category, Technical

Rose Radiant Gold from Michael Kors Beauty

By: Hazen Paper Co.

The metallized polyester base material provides an ideal surface for printing the custom rose color. Heavy embossing achieves an almost crystallized appearance. Dropping out the center of the embossing on the front panel maximizes the three-dimensional effect and boosts shelf impact in department store displays.



Packaging: Marketing & Technical Healthcare, Cosmetics and Toiletries Category

Cashmere Mist from Donna Karan

By: Hazen Paper Co.

Hazen served as converter and metallizer of the Ultracure silver 48-gauge metallized polyester/80-lb. coated-one-side litho paper box wrap. The design by McLean Packaging, which also served as contract packager, combines crackle embossing with matte ink and two-tone colors that impart the soft appearance of cashmere.