• Double Gold: Aleks Lajovic, managing director of Impact International, wins at the NSW PICAs
    Double Gold: Aleks Lajovic, managing director of Impact International, wins at the NSW PICAs

Impact International was one of the big winners at the NSW Printing Industry Creativity Awards last night, taking out two Golds and a Bronze, while Rawson Print Co took Gold in the Packaging category.

Impact won Gold in the Speciality Printing, and in the Self Promotion categories, for its Marjorie, Craig and Sarah tubes, produced with the use of sugar cane PE, recycled PE, and technologically advanced printing techniques.

Sugar cane: Impact tubes
Sugar cane: Impact tubes

It also won the Bronze medal in the Packaging category for its 75ml Rose Geranium Grapefruit & Clary Sage Hand Cream, in which Digitalpress took Silver.

Aleks Lajovic, managing director of Impact was at the event to collect the awards, and wowed the crowd, explaining some of the technology, including GPRS, that went into the winning job.

Rawson Print Co's gold winning Packaging entry was for its Tasti Smooshed Protein Balls Sampler Box.

The companies were awarded golds at a sparkling awards ceremony in Sydney's Pullman hotel last night, with 150 printers at the event, which was effectively a renewal of the popular PICAs.

Impact and Rawson, and all Gold winners from the night – along with those winning gold from all states – will now go forward to the National Print Awards, which will culminate in awards dinner where the national winners will be announced. That is slated for 15 August, the Thursday evening of PrintEx, also in Sydney.

All Gold winners thanked the PIAA for producing the awards. The association's finance manager Matt Schembri opened the evening, noting that the number and level of entries was the highest ever. Schembri thanked sponsors Media Super, Epson, and Ball & Doggett.

NSW was the second state ceremony, SA was last week, next week it is Victoria's turn, to be followed by Queensland and West Australia. Click here for full details, and to book tickets.

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