2021
IMDA AWARDS COMPEITION

The IMDA proudly presents the winners of the 2021 IMDA Awards.

The In-Mold Decorating Association (IMDA) is a trade association representing molders, label printers, material suppliers, equipment suppliers and others committed to the development and growth of in-mold labeling and decorating products, technologies and markets. Its mission is to raise the level of awareness and acceptance of in-mold decorated durable products and in-mold labeled packaging by OEMs, brand owners and marketers. IMDA represents and supports all its member companies across the entire in-mold labeling and decorating supply chain.

Winner

Best use of IMD - Consumer Goods / Durable Products

User Interface

Submitted By: Eimo Technologies, Inc.
Brand Owner: GE Appliance
Molder: Eimo Technologies, Inc.
Label Supplier: Nissha

This entry impressed the competition judges with the number of decorative and functional elements contained within one part. The customer required a premium look for the product, which required incorporating all of the cosmetic needs (chrome, high gloss, hard coat and hidden-until-lit LED areas) in a single IMD film. Without IMD, those individual operations would have had too high of a cost to satisfy the program budget. The high-gloss look with UV hard coat and custom-designed artwork make this a commercially successful product. With this part’s geometry, early supplier involvement was required to ensure no sink marks and knit lines.

Honorable Mention

Best use of IMD - Consumer Goods / Durable Products

FORD F-150 City Map

Submitted By: KURZ
Brand Owner: Ford Motor Company
Molder: CS Manufacturing; Faurecia
Label Supplier: KURZ

The pattern design on this door applique is a mechanically brushed metalized foil overprinted with a roadmap graphic of the Detroit downtown area. KURZ UV-curing screen inks helped preserve the appearance and haptic touch of the roadmap line density during forming, and cooperation with CS Manufacturing allowed graphic positioning of the image with an inline forming technique. The part surface geometry dictated an insert film approach with low-cost inline thermoforming to achieve part pricing expectations. Complex part geometries with deep drafts and radii was a challenge to overcome to avoid stretching of the image.

Winner

Best use of IML - Blow Mold

Miracle-Gro Performance Organics All Purpose Plant Nutrition Granules, 2.5lb

Submitted By: YUPO Corporation America
Brand Owner: The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company
Molder: Silgan
Label Supplier: CCL

The judges appreciated the shelf impact provided by the striking color choices and size of label with 100% ink coverage. The product was a new entrant in this retail space, requiring a strong structural design, a bold color palette and durable IML labeling so it would be visually stunning and durable on the shelf. IML ensured the entire package is waterproof for outdoor storage and display, but consumer safety also was a factor – the contents are potentially harmful, so it was critical to use a label that would not come off. IML was particularly suited to this product as the bottle gets dusty when it is filled, making it difficult to label after molding. The large label required the design of special tooling since the label size can be challenging in a continuous extrusion blow molding project.

Winner

Best use of IML - Large Container

Storm Shield exterior paints

Submitted By: MCC Verstraete
Brand Owner: German Lebanese Co. for Industry (GLC)
Molder: German Lebanese Co. for Industry (GLC)
Label Supplier: MCC Verstraete

GLC CEO Anwer El Hout explained, “To market our high-end Storm Shield range, we needed packaging that represents the quality and durability of the paint inside. IML was the obvious choice for creating an innovative and exclusive design, and metallic IML provides unique and eye-catching options.” IML also comes with multiple advantages to the brand owner: It’s flexible, allowing label redesigns to be done quickly; one-step production bypasses any need to manufacture pails and labels separately; and the results are difficult to copy – a factor that’s paramount in the paint world due to the proliferation of counterfeiting. The labels used Metallic IML foil and Matt + Spot HighGloss, allowing a unique color scope and a gradient that can be difficult to achieve.

Winner

Best use of Iml - Small Container

Girasol

Submitted By: IML Solutions
Brand Owner: La Fabril
Molder: La Fabril
Label Supplier: Creaprint

The package replaces a thermoformed previous version (plastic, sleeve and carton). The new design eliminates an aluminum foil tamper-evident seal by using an optimized tight closure system. The intention of having a thin-wall, mono-material package with a more efficient and versatile production process was obtained, with a superior look and feel. IML provided a significant weight reduction without compromising functionality. It now is the top seller of the category.

Winner

Best In-Mold Label - aesthetics

Rama

Submitted By: MCC Verstraete
Brand Owner: Siqalo Foods (Pty) Ltd
Molder: Marcom Plastics
Label Supplier: MCC Verstraete

The judges appreciated the shelf appeal of the metallic coloring and the clever label design in this package. The project was initiated to align the Rama Original tubs to the market benchmark – using Metallic IML to achieve the shiny, copper bronze brick and consolidating the branding in a way that is consistent for the consumer. Metallic labels can be difficult in IML applications where static electricity holds the label in place during molding. Because full metallic labels are conductive, they dissipate static charging and this creates instability during injection of the polypropylene, causing label misalignment and product defects. For this product, the design parameters were amended to ensure that the foiled area did not exceed a specified limit.

Winner

Best In-Mold Label – Technical

Cremiger Joghurt

Submitted By: Korsini
Brand Owner: Milchwerke Schwaben eG
Molder: Berry Superfos Besancon
Label Supplier: Korsini

This is a smart label, and the IMDA Awards judges lost no time in pulling out their cell phones to test the product claims. A code was embedded in the design in a way that the eye cannot detect. This printed code allows the consumer to interact with the product and link to a URL via a mobile app. The feature allows the consumer to check the origins of the product and also allows retail markets to reduce time at the cash register with easy and fast sorting. Embedding the code in the design prior to label printing is a challenge since the code must not be corrupted during label application.

Honorable Mention

Best In-Mold Label – Technical

Gemlik Yildizi

Submitted By: Korsini
Brand Owner: Efe Ege Zeytincilik Ltd Sti
Molder: Teknopak A.S.
Label Supplier: Korsini

This food packaging container has an oxygen barrier label, giving the product the advantage of long shelf life. With its clear vision line properties, the molder can check the label fitting of the product with cameras during the molding process and adjust the production process as necessary. The slight overlap of the oxygen barrier film is vital – any gap negates the oxygen barrier properties intended by the package designer. And, the competition judges appreciated the use of a clear label for a product that typically is packaged in solid metal cans.

Winner

Best Use of In-Mold for a
Prototype Product or In-House Promo

Deep Waves – BIOFENSE

Submitted By: KURZ
Brand Owner: KURZ
Molder: KURZ
Label Supplier: KURZ

High-resolution printing with a specialized vacuum metallization process provides a gloss appearance that is formable and suited for any in-mold application, including those with complex part geometries, deep drafts and radii. The metallization used is non-conductive to prevent any interference with IME applications. This part was designed to illustrate KURZ’s BIOFENSE technology, which aids in the fight against compromised surfaces by reducing and/or eliminating organisms and bacteria. The new technology wards off bacteria for the life of the product and withstands the harshest of cleaning and hygiene requirements.

Winner

Sustainable Use of In-Mold Processes

Van Wijhe

Submitted By: MCC Verstraete
Brand Owner: Koninklijke Van Wljhe Verf
Molder: Dijkstra Plastics
Label Supplier: MCC Verstraete

Koninklijke Van Wijhe Verf, Dijkstra Plastics, Veolia Polymers and MCC Verstraete joined forces to introduce a paint pail made from 100% Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) materials and finished with IML labels. Veolia Polymers processes plastics used and recycled by consumers into granules, which are then used in the production of PCR pails. During recycling, the different colors of plastic that are processed mean that it is not possible to produce a white pail using PCR. Wijzonal’s white wall paint typically came in a white pail – a tradition in the paint world – so IML decorative technology was used to mimic that look on a charcoal gray pail. Using an IML label on this PCR paint pail also increased its sustainable footprint by producing a monomaterial product which is 100% recyclable.

Distinguished Achievement

Best Use in In-Mold Electronics

Kinomec Functional Inks

Submitted By: NAMICS Corporation

NAMICS Kinomec functional inks offer depth of draw and electrical conductivity for IME applications. The market needs to integrate printable, conductive inks with IMD to create moldable parts with electrical functionality. These functional materials need to withstand thermoforming processes with deep draw and injection molding without losing functionality (electrical conductivity). In recognizing the achievements of the Kinomec inks, the judges acknowledged the importance of continued research and development in this space.

Distinguished Achievement

Innovative Use Related to COVID-19

Deep Waves – BIOFENSE

Submitted By: KURZ
Brand Owner: KURZ
Molder: KURZ
Label Supplier: KURZ

High-resolution printing with a specialized vacuum metallization process provides a gloss appearance that is formable and suited for any in-mold application, including those with complex part geometries, deep drafts and radii. The metallization used is non-conductive to prevent any interference with IME applications. This part was designed to illustrate KURZ’s BIOFENSE technology, which aids in the fight against compromised surfaces by reducing and/or eliminating organisms and bacteria. The new technology wards off bacteria for the life of the product and withstands the harshest of cleaning and hygiene requirements.

Judges’ Choice Award

Distinguished Achievement - Multi-Functionality

Frylite

Submitted By: MCC Verstraete
Brand Owner: Frylite
Molder: Dijkstra Plastics
Label Supplier: MCC Verstraete

The judges were impressed with the cleverness and multifunctionality of this container design and chose to recognize Frylite with the Judges’ Choice Award. Clients return used oil in the buckets, allowing Frylite to clean, refill and send out the same bucket up to five times. However, the company noticed buckets disappearing, an issue put down to the ease with which the previous labels peeled off. With Reverse IML labeling, the printing is placed between the IML packaging and a thin polypropylene film, securing the print, protecting it during transport and handling, and allowing it to withstand high-pressure cleaning, heat and chemicals. Now Frylite can wash and reuse the buckets without fading of the three-color image – and ensure the buckets filled with used oil are returned for recycling and reuse.