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Mac Papers Envelope Converters Honored with Five FTA Awards for Excellence in Envelope Flexography

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Press release from the issuing company

Company received the Gold & Best of Show Award for Third-Consecutive Year; Captures Every Award Possible in the Process, Uncoated Paper Category

JACKSONVILLE, Florida – Mac Papers Envelope Converters (MPEC), a Jacksonville, Fla.-based sister company of Mac Papers, Inc., has been honored by the Flexographic Technology Association (FTA) with five 2016 FTA Awards in recognition of envelope print excellence. The awards were issued during the organization’s 2016 FTA Award Show, held last week in Fort Worth, Texas.

“MPEC is honored to accept all of these awards – but particularly excited to receive the Best in Show award for a third year in a row and to have swept the Envelope, Process, Uncoated category,” explained MPEC’s Bob Thole, director of sales. “This recognition is a testament to the fact that MPEC has some of the most talented envelope technicians and the very best pre-press and envelope-folding equipment in the industry, as well as some of the highest standards. Our techniques allow us to offer customers the fastest production times at the lowest cost point, with the highest quality possible. There is no other company that can offer all three of these benefits, and we’re thrilled by the recognition.”

The Gold & Best of Show, is the highest award per category given by the FTA, and marks the third-consecutive year MPEC has earned the recognition. Of the 110 awards given this year, only six print categories received Gold & Best of Show awards. This year, MPEC was honored as such in the Envelope, Process, Uncoated category for its Business is Blooming envelope, developed for Domtar. A judge commented that the design had “extremely clean, solid (four-color process build) on [the] back, along with [an] extremely tight registration – note the small reverses out of the four-color process. High impact, exceptionally attractive and [a] well-executed piece.”

In addition to this top honor, MPEC also took home the Silver and Bronze awards, making the company the only recipient of every award possible in this category. The Silver award was given for the company’s Piedmont Luxury Hotel envelope. One judge noted that the “fades and tonal range made this piece a stand-out. [It has] extremely fine screens going to white; no hard breaks.” The Bronze award went to the Dish Multi-Sport Pack envelope that, according to a judge, had “exceptional solid ink density and consistency. Good tonal range and registration.”

In the Envelope, Screen, Uncoated category, MPEC was also issued Silver and Bronze awards, for its National American Miss and Suddenlink This Month on Demand envelopes, respectively.  A judge commented that the National Miss envelope “… [had very] tight registration elements on multiple colors, along with holding small reverses cleanly open.” Another said of the Suddenlink product that it had “good, solid ink density on blue, sharp type and good tonal range in the black vignettes.”

MPEC uses the most advanced web envelope-converting technology, allowing for products to be sheeted, printed, cut, folded, glued and finished in one run on a single folding machine, without interruption. Because in-line envelope conversion can be more challenging than using multiple machines for each step, a high level of skill and advanced equipment is required. Achieving tight registration, as mentioned by the judges above, is a skill that yields crisp printing and easy-to-read reverse text on a colored background.


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