Jim DeFife Honored With Label Achievement Award Jim DeFife,VP Pressure-Sensitive Materials, Multi-Col- or Corporation, has been chosen as the recipient of the R. Stanton Avery Global Achievement Award 2019. Judging for the annual Label Industry Global Awards, now in its 16th edition, took place on June 5 during
the FINAT European Label Forum in Copenhagen, Denmark. The panel of international judges considered en- tries for a total of six award categories and drew up a shortlist. Sponsored by Avery Dennison, the R. Stanton Avery Global Achievement Award recognizes an innovation or idea that has helped transform and progress the label industry across the
world. Bestowed in memory of Stan Avery’s pioneering spirit and values, the award builds on the previously named R. Stanton Avery Pioneer Award to reflect the global nature of the industry and recognize the collec- tive contributions of the many as well as individuals. DeFife has been a driving force in the global label in- dustry for almost 40 years,with a focus throughout his career on the development of technical solutions that have revolutionized and grown the pressure-sensitive market — firstly withAvery Dennison and then, for the past 17 years, with Spear and Multi-Color. During his 20 years with Avery Dennison he led the company’s specialty films division, coming up with new filmic constructions.He subsequently led a global initiative for materials down-gauging at Spear, C-Flex and Multi-Color. DeFife has also been a long-term pioneer in thin film technology, adding wide-web coating into Spear’s fa- cilities, including major work with the entire supply chain incorporating all the film/paper, adhesive and coating suppliers. He also developed the first plastic bottle recyclable PS label recognized by the APR. A Long History Previous winners of this award include: Alex Knott, of Dow Chemical Company, Professor Tan of PEIAC, Tomas Rink of Ritrama, Helmut Schreiner of Schreiner Group, Suzanne Zaccone of GSI Technologies, and Neil McDonough of FlexCon. The confirmed finalists (listed in alphabetical order) for the five other categories include: The Award for Innovation (for companies with more than 300 employees) sponsored by Xeikon: Esko; Len- ze; Lintec Europe (UK) Ltd.; andWink Stanzwerkzeuge GmbH & Co. KG.
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