Golden Cylinder Awards

2019 Golden Cylinder Awards Competition

CALL FOR ENTRIES! The 2019 Golden Cylinder Awards competition is now open.  We look forward to seeing your excellent work! The deadline to submit your entries is April 26, 2019!

Click here to download a fillable PDF version of the application

Click here to download a non-fillable PDF version of the application.

Please be sure to review the criteria for submitting your entries very carefully. The more thorough your application is the better your chances of winning.  Completing all the information truly helps the judges in their evaluation. Judging will take place in Spring 2019, and winners will be announced later in the year.

This competition is conducted annually to promote the gravure process and to provide peer recognition for technical achievement. The competition is designed to identify the “Best of the Best” in each segment of the industry and to distinguish technical innovations.

Winning a “Golden Cylinder” award is both an honor and an opportunity for you and your customer to achieve the peer recognition you so justly deserve. It increases your exposure in numerous graphic arts publications, promotes customer relations, provides tools to your sales force, and more.

Who Should Enter:
The Golden Cylinder Awards Competition is open to all GAAmericas' members and non-members. All entries must have been produced during the 2018 calendar year and must use the gravure process. Entries must be production units against an order, except for the supplier innovation category. The entrant must designate the Golden Cylinder Award Category for which they are entering, subject to final review by the GAAmericas Golden Cylinder Awards Committee. Entrants will be notified of any changes in their category. Entries in the supplier innovation category must include complete description and supporting evidence of the technical innovation, including a factual statement of support from one or more customers or users.

Entry Requirements:
Each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and entry fee. An item may be entered in more than one category, but an additional entry form must be completed and the appropriate entry fee must be included. Entries using common graphics or a theme throughout a product line may be entered individually or as a family (i.e., one entry consisting of a group of pieces). Families are limited to five pieces.

Judges are selected from professionals of recognized knowledge, experience, and reputation in the gravure industry, including but not limited to designers, educators, and publishers.

More Information:
If you have any questions regarding the Golden Cylinder Awards please contact Pamela Schenk.
Tel: 201.523.6042
Fax: 201.523.6048
email: [email protected]

2018 Winners!

A1 Packaging and Label - Paper

The winner in the Packaging and Label-Paper category for
Leinenkugel's Summer Shady is Inland Packaging, LaCross, WI


A7 Packaging and Label-Unsupported Foil

The winner in the Packaging and Label-Unsupported Foil category for 
“The Walking Dead” Capsule is Maverick Enterprises, Ukiah, CA


A8 Packaging and Label – Paperboard/Top Coated

B&H Menthol 100’s HP 20’s is 
Amcor Specialty Cartons-Richmond, Chester, VA


B4 Product-Giftwrap 

The winner in the Product-Giftwrap category for 
A Christmas Story is American Greetings Afton, TN

B7 Product-Vinyl Substrates

The winner in the Product-Vinyl Substrates category for
“Inspire”-Shaw Contract is Interprint, Inc. Pittsfield, MA

B8 Product-Decorative Laminates

The winner in the Product-Decorative Laminates category for Bellini Bronze is OMNOVA Solutions Auburn, PA

D3 Technical Innovation - Inks & Substrates

The winner in the Technical Innovation-Inks & Substrates category for
LD Club Platinum with High Gloss EB Silver and EB Tactile is
Amcor Specialty Cartons-Richmond Peachtree City, GA


D6 Technical Innovation-Packaging

The first winner in the Technical Innovation-Packaging category for
Haldiram Classic Salted is UFLEX LTD-Noida (INDIA) Noida, India


D6 Technical Innovation-Packaging
The second winner in the Technical Innovation-Packaging category for 
Gravure G7 Qualification is American Packaging Corporation, Columbus, WI


D7 Technical Innovation-Product
The winner in the Technical Innovation-Product category for
Stronger Ohio stylus holder for deep engraving is SYNTEK Co., LTD., Yokohama, Japan


A2 Packaging and Label - Film/Film Lamination
The winner in the Packaging and Label-Film/Film Lamination category for
Packaging for Cocoa is IMMER GROUP/UKRPLASTIC, Kiyv, Ukraine


D1 Technical Innovation-Image Preparation
This award is given for Dot coding technology which provides overall exceptional print quality.
Their winning entry is Brand Protection IMMER GROUP/Ukrplastic Kyiv, Ukraine


A4 Packaging and Label-Film-Surface/Reverse Printed
The winner in the Packaging and Label-Film-Surface/Reverse Printed category for
Van Den Bosch Nature’s Window is Commercial Packaging Normal, IL




Publication Category Winners
Winner for following category is 
Scout Sourcing Inc.
C8 Publication Coated (Over 40#) Retail Target Holiday Catalog-2017


The winner for the next categories is LSC Communications for:
C4 Publication Supercalendered Magazine Woman’s World


C6 Publication Lightweight Coated (Under 40#) Catalog Soft Surroundings 17 Blueprint 826

C7 Publication Lightweight Coated (Under 40#) Magazine 
The New York Times Magazine-12/10/17 “The Great Performers Issue”


C9 Publication Coated (Over 40#) Catalog 2017 RH Fall Interiors


The winner for the following is Quad/Graphics for: C2 Publication Supercalendered Retail


C10 Publication Coated (Over 40#) Magazine National Geographic, January 2018




Best of the Best Awards

National Geographic

Immer Group


Inland Packaging

Interprint, Inc.

Recent and Past Winners:

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