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the imda awards let your work shine!

2023 Awards Competition Opens:

May 15  

Early Bird Deadline:

June 30

Final Entry Deadline: 

July 21

Awards Competition Judging:

August

Award Winners Revealed: September 28 at the 2023 Plastic Product Decorating Summit

(formerly the IMDA Symposium)

Why Should You Enter the IMDA Awards Competition?

Bring YOUR COMPANY to the attention of brand owners and OEMs who want to work with the best. IMDA Award Winners receive publicity in industry magazines, at major tradeshows and online.

Recognize YOUR PARTNERS by sharing the award recognition with the molders, label printers and brand owners your company worked with to create the winning piece.

Celebrate with YOUR TEAM when their hard work goes up against the best in the industry from around the world. What a great way to honor the work done every day within your own company!

The 2023 IMDA Awards Competition will recognize outstanding IML, IMD and IME submissions that were produced in 2022 or 2023.

Entries received from around the world showcase the best in in-mold design and technical achievement, with special recognition for innovation and sustainability.

Winners of the competition will be revealed at the 2023 Plastic Product Decorating Summit (formerly the IMDA Symposium) in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. In addition, watch for the winners to be prominently publicized in a variety of media and during events:

  • Winners will be featured in the October/November issue of Plastics Decorating magazine
  • Winning entries will be displayed at the PMMI Showcase of Packaging Innovations during PACK EXPO Las Vegas
  • Previous Award Winners also have been featured by Plastics TodayConverting Quarterly and Label & Narrow Web magazines

Judges evaluate overall design and complexity; integration of the in-mold element into the part or package; functionality; and innovation in the use of materials and processes. Manufacturing difficulty and complexity of the part, label, design or mold also are considered.

2023 IMDA Awards Competition

When Will the 2023 Competition Open?

The IMDA Awards Competition will open on May 15, 2023. Email [email protected] with questions.

Learn More About the Entry Criteria

Sponsor the Awards Competition in 2023

The 2022 IMDA Awards Competition was a success thanks to these sponsors:

Judging Insights from 2022

Ever wondered what the judges are looking for when award entries are assessed? In these videos, two of our past judges explain what caught their eye.

2022 IMDA Award Competition Winners

Best Use of
IMD with
Metallic
Effects

Winner

Best IMD - Consumer Goods / Durable Product

Honorable Mention

Best Use of IMD for Capacitive Touch Applications

Winner

Best Use of IMD for Consumer Goods / Durable Products

Winner

Best Use of
IML/IMD in
an Innovative
Application

Winner

Best Use of IML/IMD in an Innovative Application

Honorable Mention

Best Use of IML, Package or Container

Winner

Best Use of IML, Package or Container

Honorable Mention

Best
In-Mold
Label

Winner

Best
In-Mold
Label

Honorable Mention

Sustainable Use
of In-Mold
Processes

Winner

Sustainable Use of In-Mold Processes

Honorable Mention

Distinguished
Achievement for
Use of Design and
Molding to Create
an Aesthetic, Tactile
Experience

Judges’ Choice Award

Past IMDA Award Competition Winners

Recognizing the best in IML, IMD and IME

IMDA Award
Winners

IMDA Award
Winners

IMDA Award
Winners

IMDA Award 
Winners

IMDA AWARDS IS A WPO-RECOGNIZED COMPETITION

The In-Mold Decorating Association is honored to announce that its annual IMDA Awards Competition was invited to be part of and has received recognition by the World Packaging Organization (WPO).

The WorldStar Awards is one of the major events of the World Packaging Organization, which runs it annually to give world-wide recognition to packages that have gained an award in a recognized national or regional packaging competition. It is a global competition that gathers the best packages from all over the world and is the ultimate recognition one can receive in the world of packaging. Currently 63 competitions from 37 countries and regions are recognized by the WPO as qualifying for entry to WorldStar.

What this means for IMDA Awards Competition winners is that your company, as an IMDA Awards winner, is now eligible to enter the WPO WorldStar Packaging Awards competition.  

The company that submitted the winning entry to the IMDA Awards may enter the WorldStar Packaging Awards with the brand owner’s permission. Complete information about WorldStar awards and how to enter is at www.worldstar.org.