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FPLMA wraps up forum with awards dinner

Thursday, 26 October 2017
By Jake Nelson

‘It’s now or never’: Guests at the FPLMA’s awards dinner sing along with the ‘Three Waiters’.

Rollspack and Multi-Color Corporation took out best in show at the second annual FPLMA awards, held as part of the association’s annual technical forum, while Danny Hayes of FILDES Manufacturing won Apprentice of the Year.

The awards dinner, held at Metropolis in Southbank, celebrated the best the label and flexible packaging industries had to offer, as well as a live band and a trio of opera-singing waiters. “We have this evening the best of the best on show within our industry and I encourage more members to participate in 2018,” said Mark Easton, FPLMA president, in his opening speech. “We have some great categories that suit all businesses and technologies, so I encourage you to be a part of our industry’s print excellence.”

‘The Three Waiters’ wow the crowd at the FPLMA awards dinner.

Winners on the night included Hally Labels, QLM Label Makers, Label House, LabelForce, Andrew Kohn, Graphic Packaging International, Visyboard Dandenong, and J&P Flexographics, who each picked up awards in their respective categories.

This year, there were two Best in Show awards – one each for labels and flexible packaging – which went respectively to Multi-Color Corporation, for its Silken Beastie label, and Rollspack, for its Little Lucifer packaging (prepress by Kirk Group Victoria).

Andrew Jones (right) of Multi-Color Corporation accepts Best in Show for labels from Mark Easton.

Phillip Rolls (right), MD Rollspack, accepts Best in Show for flexible packaging from Mark Easton.

The FPLMA also announced its Apprentice of the Year from three finalists: Danny Hayes, of FILDES Manufacturing; Brian Kieryczuk, of AusTab Labels; and Ben Haley, of Fantastic Labels. Though the judges faced a tough decision, in the end Hayes emerged as the clear winner, succeeding Rameesha De Silva Weerasingha as the 2017 Apprentice of the Year. The prize includes an overseas study trip.

Danny Hayes, FPLMA Apprentice of the Year (left) with boss Sean Houben, operations manager FILDES Manufacturing.

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