The first annual Inca Digital Excellence Awards (IDEAs) were announced this week in Munich during the FESPA show and among the honourees were two Canadian companies.
The IDEAs celebrate the creative and stunning effects and products produced by innovative companies around the world using Inca printers. The awards were judged by Nigel Steffens, CEO of FESPA, Peter Kiddell of PRISM and John Charnock of PR-INT. Awards were presented in six categories which cover POP graphics, decor and specialty products.
"We are delighted by the number and quality of entries that showed the considerable potential for digital print," says Dr Linda Bell, CEO of Inca Digital. "The sheer range of applications show the ingenuity and creativity of our customers using the full range of our printers, from one of the very first Inca Eagles installed in Europe nine years ago, the Inca Spyder, Columbia Turbo and latest Inca Onset."
Optima received two "highly commended" honours: one in the product decoration & specialty product category for producing furniture with wood grain effects and also a highly commended award for decor, for graphics printed onto aluminum for an underpass. Barrie, ON-based JD Print and Display also received a highly commended award for its work on multi-layer children's toys.
Inca Digital also celebrated 10 years in the inkjet business this week. The company launched its Eagle machine in 2000, followed by the high-speed Turbo in 2004. In 2007, the company launched the Onset, dubbed the fastest flatbed inkjet in the world. Today, the company estimates that 21 million square metres of material is printed on Inca printers around the world every year.
"The future for Inca Digital is very exciting," says Bell. "Since 2000, when we launched the world's first flat-bed wide-format UV inkjet printer, we have consistently developed ground-breaking and record-breaking printers. That pioneering spirit is still very much at our core and continues to drive our programme of inkjet innovation."
Full List of 2010 IDEAs Winners
Winner - Daelprinting, Belgium: for the design and production of a 3D cargo bike for Kraft Foods. This comprised 50 pieces of Re-Board that could be easily transported in a car booth, constructed without screws or tools, and re-used many times. Printed on an Inca Onset S20.
Winner - Mills Styrox, Australia: for its own trade show booth promoting its eco-friendly products and versatility of Xanita board. The whole booth, including tables, chairs and 3D layered graphics, were printed on an Inca Columbia.
Highly Commended - Mills Styrox, Australia: again for a wall graphic for an Outback Steak House Restaurant. The rustic image was printed directly using an Inca Columbia onto large sheets of 10mm plywood.
Highly Commended - Optima, Canada: for 32 high-impact graphics printed by an Inca Columbia Turbo onto Aluminum for an underpass in Downtown Rideau.
PRODUCT DECORATION & SPECIALTY PRODUCT
Winner - Visual Marking Systems, USA: for printing Crossbows with a camouflage decoration and instructions on an Inca Spyder 320+w. The challenge was to print quality graphics on flat and curved surfaces that could withstand extreme bending.
Highly Commended: Optima, Canada, for producing furniture featuring multiple wood grain effects to achieve an inlay effect on Exterior Medite using an Inca Columbia Turbo.
Highly Commended - JD Print and Display, Canada: for producing multi-layer children's toys printed by an Inca Eagle onto multiple materials from 3-25.5mm thick.
OFF THE WALL
Winner - America Digitaal Druk, The Netherlands: for a stunning Tropical Forest Lenticular Wall that comes to life when you walk past it printed on a Inca Eagle 44 (one of the first in Europe) for Emma's Children's Hospital in Amsterdam. This featured 18 two-part lenticular panels mounted onto Dibond.
Highly Commended - Druckwerk Hamburg, Germany: for a Camel Active instore display printed onto Douglas Fir pine using an Inca Columbia Turbo
Highly Commended - Extrema Publicidad, Mexico: for printing onto leather with an Inca Eagle H to make children's shoes