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GAA Announces Winners of the 2008 Golden Cylinder Awards

Press release from the issuing company

(September 21, 2008) At gala ceremonies September 10, the Gravure Association of America, Inc. bestowed 38 of its coveted Golden Cylinder Awards on entries judged to be the best examples of gravure printing over the past year. Award categories encompassed all three segments of gravure's capabilities as a printing process, including packaging (eight awards), product gravure (five), and publications (12).

GAA also recognized supplier innovations (12 awards), which ranged from advances in image preparation and cylinder manufacturing to press and post-press equipment and gravure production.

The association received nearly 100 entries in this year's competition, which were judged by eight gravure specialists over a two-day period in May.

Recipients were honored at a banquet that was a highlight of GAA's Leadership Summit conference held in Parsippany, N.J. All award winners will be showcased in the October issue of GAA's GRAVURE Magazineand posted on the gaa.org web site.

From among 37 winning entries, judges selected a single gravure-printed product to receive the 2008 Best of the Best Golden Cylinder Award; it went to the "Bush's Grillin' Beans" entry, submitted in the Packaging: Paper Labels & Wrappers category. Printer and color separator Mundet Tennessee used its 10-unit Schiavi gravure press to apply process and logo colors, true metallic gold, high-gloss black, and matte and gloss varnishes; a foil stamp outlines the Bush logo.

Judges praised the entry's print richness, depth of color, consistency, and tonework with flame vignettes, all while achieving excellent edge quality for all small type and reversed copy.

Quebecor World dominated the publication segment, with three of its plants winning seven of 12 awards.


Note for editors: Color images of winning entries will be available upon request after publication of the October issue of GRAVURE Magazine (published bimonthly).


GAA's 2008 Golden Cylinder Awards, by category, listing entrant name and winning product:

Best of the Best: Mundet Tennessee for Bush's Grillin' Beans label (also winner of Packaging: Paper Labels & Wrappers category)



Flexible Packaging/Film – Innovative Packaging Solutions for "popchips"

Flexible Packaging/Film – Fres-Co System USA, Inc. for Green Mountain Single Origin, 10 oz.

Film Labels/Wrappers – Seal-It Division of Printpack, Inc. for Agro Labs Naturally

Film Labels/Wrappers – SleeveCo, Inc. for Noble 100% Pure Tangerine Juice

Paperboard Covers – Van Heertum B.V. Design in Communication for Tobacco Journal International & Formes de Luxe

Paperboard – Packaging Corporation of America for 15-lb. Miracle-Gro

Up to 26-inch Web, any substrate – Multi-Color Corporation for Letica's Holiday Packaging



Floor Coverings – Armstrong World Industries for Peruvian Slate

Stamps/Security – Avery Dennison SPD for "Stamps of the United States"

Gift Wrap – Hallmark Cards, Inc. for "Thomas Kincade" Gift Wrap

Party Products – Hallmark Cards, Inc. for "MVP Baseball" Party Set

Other, Gravure – Canadian General-Tower Limited for Automotive Tip Printing



Newsprint – Quebecor World Atglen for USA Weekend, April 1, 2007 Issue

Supercalendered, Retail – Quebecor World Atglen for Kohl's Insert, September 23, 2007

Supercalendered, Catalog – Quebecor World Franklin for Venus Swimwear 2008 Catalog

Supercalendered, Magazine – Quebecor World Richmond for The Boston Globe Magazine, January 13, 2008

Supercalendered, Magazine – RR Donnelley for The New York Times Magazine, February 11, 2007

Lightweight Coated (under 40-lb.), Retail – Quebecor World Richmond for JCPenney: Every Day Matters

Lightweight Coated (under 40-lb.) Catalog – Quebecor World Franklin for JCP Media Specialty Catalog with Soft Proofing

Lightweight Coated (under 40-lb.) Magazine – RR Donnelley Mattoon for Ladies' Home Journal, July 2007

Coated (over 40-lb.), Retail – Quad/Graphics for Ethan Allen Autumn Magazine 2007

Coated (over 40-lb.), Catalog – Quebecor World Franklin for Haverty's Summer Catalog 2007

Coated (over 40-lb.), Magazine – Quad/Graphics for National Geographic, March 2007

Coated (over 40-lb.), Magazine – RR Donnelley Mattoon for Martha Stewart Living, January 2008



Image Preparation (prior to engraving) – Ukrplastic for Packaging of Chips (Gold)

Image Preparation (prior to engraving) – Southern Graphic Systems-Canada, Co. for Project VR (Player's)

Cylinder Manufacturing – AABACH Graphic Systems GmbH & Co. KG for Digra USB Microscope

Cylinder Manufacturing – Daetwyler R&D Corporation for Gravostar 857 Engraver

Inks & Substrates – Hallmark Cards, Inc. for "Robots" Adhesive Gift Wrap

Press – UPM-Kymmene for UPM iRoll Portable Service

Press – Editora Abril S.A. for SHIEE-Scent Varnish Printing

Press – RR Donnelley Warsaw for JCPenney, Soft Proof Catalog

Press – Bobst Group for Lemanic Delta

Postpress – InkSpec for Intelligent In-Line Viscosity Control System

Packaging – Sonoco for "SmartSeal" Reclose Package

Production – OMNOVA Solutions, Inc. for Ecore Advanced Wall Technology