Three is the magic number for Contact Originators with treble success at FIAUK Awards

Packaging origination and flexographic plates manufacturer, Contact Originators, achieved a momentous hat trick by taking home three Gold prizes at the 2022 Flexographic Industry Association UK (FIAUK) Awards.

Following double Gold successes in the 2021 and 2020 ceremonies, Contact went one better in 2022 by scooping three Gold awards in front of over 400 leading figures from across the flexographic industry. The origination leaders won Repro Company of the Year and Supplier of the Year, both for the third year in a row, before winning the Technical Innovation Supplier Award to complete a remarkable treble.

The company was commended for another year of excellent customer service and the successful introduction of its innovative PrintHQ technology, an automated digital shim printing system for corrugated printers developed in collaboration with AV Flexologic. The revolutionary system, which uses inkjet technology to apply individual print job information directly onto the plate shim at the point of mounting, facilitates easy plate identification, removes the need for labelling consumables, and eliminates human error from the process.

Steve Mulcahy, CEO of Contact Originators, was jubilant, saying, “Everyone at Contact has worked tremendously hard over the last year and it is wonderful to see our team get the plaudits they deserve. We were delighted to be recognised with double Gold at the previous two FIAUK awards and to go one step further this year is tremendous.

“To take home a hat trick of Gold awards in three highly competitive categories is a testament to the skill and passion of every member of our team, which drives the business to continually improve. The fact we are not only maintaining these award-winning standards, but building on them every year through the introduction of innovations like PrintHQ, is only good news for our customers.”

This year’s awards were hosted at the iconic Silverstone circuit, with the biggest names from across the print and packaging industry in attendance. As always, the winners were judged by a broad range of brands and experts from across the industry, and separated into Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards, as well as a Highly Commended category for particularly impressive runners-up.

Reflecting on the event, Mulcahy added, “Striking gold three times was the cherry on top of what was a great night for our business and the flexo industry at large. We are grateful to the panel for recognising our efforts over the past year.

“Rest assured, we will be bidding for a repeat performance at next year’s awards – after a night of celebration, the hard work begins again to strike gold in 2023.”

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