IMDA names winners in 2021 Awards Competition

The In-Mold Decorating Assn. proudly announced the winners of its 2021 IMDA Awards online yesterday.

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.

Winners and honorable mentions were named in 10 different categories. A few of the top award examples are shown below. For a complete list, click HERE.


Best IML - Blow-Mold

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

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-blowmolding project. 


Best IML Package - Small Container


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. 


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.