Mark Andy’s Performance Series line of flexographic presses has been awarded the 2011 Technical Innovation Award by the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA). This annual honor is bestowed upon companies “who seek ways to further refine and advance the flexographic print process and who bring significant contributions to the industry in terms of adoption, change and competitive posture.” The award was presented to Mark Andy representatives Paul Brauss, president, and Jeff Feltz, director of product management, at the FTA Awards Banquet, Sunday, 01 May during the FTA Annual Forum and INFO*FLEX event in Indianapolis, Indiana.

“We are proud of the impact the Performance Series has made on the industry,” states Brauss. “Mark Andy continues to search for ways to supersede our customers’ expectations and the Performance Series has done just that. The simplicity of operation, rapid changeovers and drastically reduced waste have proven to users that a capital investment in new technology can be profitable.”

Entries were judged based on Technical Achievement, Impact on the Industry, Description of Technology and User Testimonials.

“To receive this award from the FTA is such an honor for Mark Andy,” remarked Feltz. “Our design, engineering, and manufacturing teams have worked diligently to produce a product that really hit on the key requirements of today’s converter. Our print experts and customer service teams are following up on Performance Series installations to make sure our clients’ are achieving optimum efficiency and productivity with their investment. This award is a true compliment to our entire organization.”

The Performance Series was introduced to the market at Labelexpo Europe 2009 and since its introduction more than 70 have been sold worldwide. The P7 model will be on display at PrintEx in Sydney, Australia, 04-06 May, and all three models will be available for viewing at Labelexpo Europe 2011, to be held in September in Brussels.

Mark Andy congratulates its multiple customers who brought home awards in the 2011 FTA Excellence in Flexography Print Awards, also celebrated at the event on 01 May. Publishers Printing, a Performance Series user and new FTA member, was honored with a Gold Award and Best In Show (Narrow Web) commendation for it’s Alpinist 32 Autumn 2010 magazine cover. This is a fantastic feat for Publishers Printing, a veteran offset print house who introduced flexo into their facility in mid-2010 by purchasing a Performance Series press. Just eight short months after installation, Publishers won this great honor in a well-known, international flexo print competition. Mark Andy celebrates this honor with Publishers Printing and all other clients who brought home Gold, Silver and Bronze wins in the competition.