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Monday, September 1, 2014

Diamond Packaging wins Five Awards in 28th Annual Excellence Awards Competition

Diamond Packaging won five awards in the 28th annual packagePRINTING Excellence Awards, the industry's only competition recognizing the highest level of printing quality and technical achievement across the full range of packaging segments – tags and labels, flexible packaging, folding cartons, and corrugated cartons. Winners were chosen from hundreds of entries submitted in over 40 different categories. Entries were judged on print quality, functionality, and secondary converting and finishing attributes.

Diamond won First Place in the “Sustainability – Folding Cartons” category for Elizabeth Arden's John Varvatos Artisan Acqua carton. The packaging features tightly registered offset printing with intricate embossing accents, creating a singular presentation that resurrects the lost art of craftsmanship but with a modern edge.

The carton was converted utilizing Clearwater Candesce® SBS paperboard and offset printed with four color process, metallic copper, teal, and brown inks, inline with Liquid Metal™ silver specialty UV coating, UV matte, and UV gloss spot coating. All paperboard components were manufactured using 100% wind energy.

Liquid Metal was applied on the top closure, front, rear, and side panels (under the teal and metallic copper inks), as an alternative to foil stamping. UV matte coating was applied over the embossed ‘sand’ pattern, contributing to the natural aesthetic of the Artisan Acqua carton. The UV gloss spot coating on the top panel and over the bottle on the rear panel provides a striking contrast to the overall matte finish surrounding it. The multi-level embossed pattern is inspired by Mediterranean beaches and perfectly complements the flask-like fragrance bottle, housed in handwoven rattan.

Diamond won Second Place in the “Sustainability” and “Specialty Category: Technical Achievement” categories for its 2014 calendar. The apple-themed calendar represents a natural evolution of Diamond's greenbox initiative and is a fitting tribute to New York, one of the nation’s largest apple producing states.

The vivid presentation features inline green technologies (e.g., soft touch, specialty effects coatings), UV gloss spot coating, foil stamping, multi-level embossing, debossing, and intricate die cutting. The innovative structural design allows the calendar to be hung with one lower panel or unfolded to reveal apple blossoms on the middle panels.

The calendar was converted utilizing Clearwater Candesce SBS paperboard and offset printed with four color process inks, inline with an overall aqueous gloss coating, UV gloss spot coating, specialty effects pigmented coating, and DiamondTouch soft touch coating. Metal Magic provided all of the embossing dies.

Multi-level embossing and debossing the header creates a dramatic sense of texture and depth, while UV gloss spot coating (water droplets) and pearlized coating (leaves) provide contrast to the finish surrounding it.

The middle backers feature multi-level embossed apple blossoms enhanced with soft touch coating, contributing to a unique visual and tactile presentation. The subtle concave die cut pattern on each side conveys an apple core. The calendar is delivered in its own recyclable shipper that faithfully simulates a wooden apple crate, right down to the stencil typography.

Diamond won Third Place in the “Folding Cartons – Offset” category for Five Star Fragrance Company’s Michael Jordan Legend Gift Set. 

The QuikSet carton was converted utilizing metallized polyester film on FSC-certified SBS paperboard and offset printed with transparent gold, dense black, and opaque white inks, in-line with UV matte and UV high gloss coating. The multi-level, pebble-embossed basketball on the lid reinforces the Michael Jordan brand. The QuikSet design provides an attractive and economical alternative to rigid set-up boxes, featuring a reinforced base and lid, direct application of graphics and stamping or embossing, flat shipping and storage, and easy set-up. With crisp, clean lines and outstanding strength, QuikSet™ is a perfect choice for gift sets or promotional items.

Diamond won Honorable Mention in the “Folding Cartons - Offset” category for Elizabeth Arden’s White Diamonds Gift Set (Mother's Day 2014).

The QuikSet carton was converted utilizing metallized polyester board and offset printed with transparent gold, transparent purple, transparent lavender, dense black, and opaque white inks, in-line with UV matte and UV high gloss coating. Exquisite dome-embossed round and pear diamonds add beauty and reinforce the White Diamonds brand.

Diamond Contract Packaging (DCP) provided fulfillment services, including adding pad stiffeners to the base and lid, fully assembling the vacuum form trays, and polybagging the units. The proximity of DCP, adjacent to its folding carton plant, helped minimize shipping costs and reduce turnaround times.