2016 IMDA Awards Winners

The In-Mold Decorating Association is a trade association representing molders, 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 of its member companies across the entire in-mold labeling and decorating supply chain.

                  The IMDA proudly presents the winners of the 2016 IMDA Awards.


     Best Injection Molded (IML) Package
     Gold Award
     Easy Open & Hold IML Container

          Submitted By: Polipa North America, LLC
          Brand Owner: Premier Tech Home & Garden
          Molder: Polipa North America, LLC
          Label Supplier: Cakirlar

This tailor made IML package has been developed initially to replace classic cardboard packaging by improving the durability and presence of the products and brands. Because of its wide space in the front and back, it shows a great deal of visual image and improves customer perception. The package is a very convenient size and shape for easy grip and use with the flip up Tamper Evident feature on the lid.


     Best Injection Molded Durable (IMD) Part 
     Gold Award
     Laundry User Interface

          Submitted By: Eimo Technology
          Brand Owner: Electrolux
          Molder: Eimo Technology
          Label Supplier: Nissha Printing

This beautiful user interface (UI) is an award winning example of IMD film from Nissha Printing Co. and IMD molding at Eimo Technologies (a subsidiary of Nissha USA) in Southwest Michigan. The OEM design group wanted to add a very challenging design to the surface of the UI, the Electrolux logo gradation fade from the outer edge towards the part’s center. It’s very faint, but was a “must have” for this user interface. Nissha and Eimo were able to achieve Electrolux’s requirements, which have proven to be award winning for this IMD product.


     Best Label Design 
     Gold Award 
     Sparkle Canister

          Submitted By: Dynaplast
          Brand Owner: Tupperware Indonesia
          Molder: Dynaplast
          Label Supplier: Korsini Italy

Tupperware’s Sparkle Canister has an amazing 3D effect with a special glittering and sparkling look for a glamorous and modern impression. The Sparkle Canister with its Korsini-SAF three layer in-mold label passed 125 dishwasher cycles at 85oC. This great product design also comes with great functionality. The canister is liquid tight and can also keep snacks and crackers fresh without losing crispness. Sparkle Canister is a new product to welcome Indonesia Tupperware’s 25th Anniversary in 2016.


     Best Blow Molded Package 
     Gold Award
     Laban Baladi Yogurt

          Submitted By: Verstraete In-Mold Labels
          Brand Owner: Taanayel Les Fermes
          Molder: Taanayel Les Fermes
          Label Supplier: Verstraete In-Mold Labels

The Lebanese dairy giant and market leader, Taanayel Les Fermes, known for its natural, authentic and traditional dairy products, chose IML for blow molding from Verstraete IML for their Laban Baladi product range. The company chose the IML technique blow molding because with it one can produce hollow plastic packaging and decorate it with IML in one step. That makes it the perfect technique for dairy product packaging. Moreover, IML packaging is strong and hygienic. The IML labels from Verstraete IML are moisture-resistant and can withstand temperature fluctuations. Laban Baladi yoghurt is sold in 500 g, 1 kg and 2 kg packaging, both of which have an IML label from Verstraete IML. Taanayel Les Fermes opted for an authentic and "natural" look, since the packaging has the shape of a fresh milk bucket. The design emphasizes the authenticity and purity of the Taanayel Les Fermes DNA and image.


     Best Part Design 
     Gold Award
     Scented Baby Wipes Package

          Submitted By: Inland
          Molder: Berry Plastics
          Label Supplier: Inland

The Scented Baby Wipes IML part is integrated into a flexible package by offering an easy-to-use one handed pop-up dispenser – adding convenience for the consumer. This IML part has both a graphically superior design and a custom die-cut shape for functionality. The Scented Baby Wipes part is one of the smallest commercially available cut and stack IML application products on the market today.


     Best Product Family 
     Gold Award 
     Unilever® Margarine

          Submitted By: Verstraete In-Mold Labels
          Brand Owner: Unilever America
          Molders: PSPM Inc., Berry Plastics and RPC Bramlage Wiko USA
          Label Supplier: Verstraete In-Mold Labels

The Unilever margarine tubs and lids are a great combination of an upgraded packaging with the best of industry standards for production technology. This project consists of seven sizes: 7.5 oz, 9 oz, 15 oz, 22.5 oz, 30 oz, 45 oz and 80 oz. Thanks to the photographic quality of the Verstraete IML label and the seven different sizes, all four brands have a unique market position. These Unilever margarine tubs and lids made an impressive change-over on two levels. First of all, the shape of the products changed from round to rectangular. Secondly, Unilever decided to switch its decoration technique from direct printing to in-mold labeling. Additionally, the wall thickness has been reduced to production limits while maintaining demanding technical specifications such as drop test and product stability. The margarine tubs are now fully decorated with Verstraete IML labels which attract the eyes of the consumer and make it a commercial success story.


     Best Product Family 
     Silver Award

          Submitted By: Berry Plastics
          Molder: Berry Plastics
          Label Supplier: Verstraete In-Mold Labels

Berry Plastics’ SelecTE™ product family is a series of premium non-round, tamper-evident containers with three and five-sided IML options. This product family provides the solution for consumers to see the quality of their food through clear windows while the brand still has large graphic real-estate inside and outside the container. The total package is fully recyclable since the container, lid, and label are all made of polypropylene. The IML can also be clear or printed with metallic ink to help increase the brand’s shelf impact.


     Best Prototype Part 
     Gold Award
     IME Washing Machine Control Panel

          Submitted By: Jabil
          Brand Owner: Jabil
          Molder: Jabil
          Label Supplier: Duratech Industries

Jabil’s novel in-mold electronics (IME) washer control panel incorporates an in-mold label (IML) made possible with capacitive touch electronics printed on a flexible film. The Jabil washer control panel is unique and innovative because it replaces a traditional printed circuit board (PCB), eliminating the need for post-molding decoration and hardware for illumination. As a result, production is simpler, less costly and faster. Best of all, the decorative and fully functional panel can be easily modified to appeal to changing consumer tastes, language preferences and more. It can even be quickly modified for use on a wide array of products, including stoves, refrigerators and other appliances.

Our Congratulations to all the Winners in the 2016 IMDA Awards Competition.