When the best specialty printers in the world competed in the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association’s Golden Image competition this fall, DuraTech Industries stood out, leaving with a Gold Award in the Loose-Leaf Products category and a Silver Award in the Unique Applications category.
“I am very proud of the DuraTech team,” said Peter Johnson, DuraTech president. “Our work was compared to the best in the world – and we came out on top. That’s quite an accomplishment!”
More than 85 companies from around the world entered the competition, submitting over 400 prints in 50 product categories. Conducted during the 2012 SGIA Expo (Las Vegas, NV), this year’s event was one of the most challenging in recent history.
“The judges had a very difficult time this year, not because of the sheer volume of entries, but because of the overall quality of the work. Judges in virtually every category told me the entries were so good that choosing winners was a real challenge,” said Johnny Shell, SGIA’s Vice President of Technical Services. Shell added that the Golden Image competition is judged on the technical accomplishments of each entry, excluding aesthetic issues from the evaluation and scoring process. Prints are judged on the level of difficulty and quality of execution.
“Winning the Gold and Silver awards puts DuraTech among the top specialty printers in the world in terms of quality and capability. The ability to consistently print such high quality products indicates that DuraTech is an expert at controlling the many variables involved in specialty printing,” Shell said.