CS Labels scoops multitude of awards

November 28, 2018
CS Labels Showcasing all of the awards L-R Adam James, Warren Clews, Gill Lockley, Gareth Spencer, Eimantas Kanasevicus, Stephen Lathbury, Simon Smith, Helen Pearson, Kris Kurbiak and Richard Wilson CS Labels Showcasing all of the awards L-R Adam James, Warren Clews, Gill Lockley, Gareth Spencer, Eimantas Kanasevicus, Stephen Lathbury, Simon Smith, Helen Pearson, Kris Kurbiak and Richard Wilson

CS Labels revealed today that they have scooped five awards and an honorary mention across four award ceremonies from a total of an amazing nine industry nominations. The awards come shortly after their recent £3 million investment in 2018 that also included an innovative purpose designed 20,000 square foot dedicated manufacturing facility in Wolverhampton.

The crowns were awarded for various aspects of the business from CS Labels product work in digitally produced flexible pouches and digital labels, to the coveted PrintWeek SME of the Year Award.

The recent investment at CS Labels is the latest pinnacle in a constantly innovative journey that has been driven by MD Simon Smith and his dedicated team. CS Labels was established in 1976 (42 years ago) and started using Xeikon for Digital Print production in 2007 (11 years ago). They have grown from a small flexographic and screen printer into one of Europe’s largest digital printers using Xeikon technology. In that time, Smith has made many bold moves, including the development of the world’s first commercial digital flexible pouch, rapid and seemingly risky investment into leading edge equipment to increase capacity and offer innovation, the purchase of a stand-up pouch converting line dedicated to digital, the introduction of smart business process improvement in an industry that is often seen as lagging behind, and the expansion of the CS Labels Team in all areas, including new key high-level personnel in the past 12 months.

The Wolverhampton area in general has seen a recent renaissance which CS Labels have spearheaded from a commercial point of view. As reported in the Express and Star, The City of Wolverhampton’s Business Programme and Councillor John Reynolds, Wolverhampton Council cabinet member for city economy, recently announced a £3.7 billion of investment on site or in the pipeline in the City of Wolverhampton, citing this as ‘another boost for our regeneration plans’. The Steelpark Trading Estate development that CS now call home has ‘brought back to life a site that has been redundant for many years’ he said, while at the same time protecting wildlife in the area and ensuring ‘confidence in investing in the City of Wolverhampton’.

Here’s the rundown of the awards:

Labelexpo Americas Label Print Awards 2018

WINNER - Wine & Spirits, A leading whisky brand
WINNER – INNOVATION Digital Pouches, The Tea Leaf Co
Honourable Mention - Industrial/Chemical, Granville FS-V Engine Oil

FlexoTech Awards 2018

WINNER – Digital Labels & Packaging – Hot Tub Nights Digital Pouch – read the case study.

Print Week Awards 2018

WINNER – SME of the Year
Finalist – Label Printer of the Year

Digital Printer Awards 2018

WINNER - SME Business Initiative

The judges had many compliments; highlights of which were:

“CS Labels has enjoyed a fast ride this year. Ordinarily a big site move can put a significant strain on cashflow – not so for CS Labels. MD Simon Smith has managed a number of expansion drives and while his staff held on to their hats and enjoyed the ride to further expansion in 2018, PrintWeek awards judges raised theirs in salute”.

PrintWeek Awards

"CS Labels is at the forefront of digital label printing innovation as evident with their winning submissions for the 14th Annual Print Awards at Labelexpo Americas. Their best-in-class entries well represent the quality output their Xeikon CX3 and Xeikon 3500 produce."

Labelexpo Americas Label Print Awards, Hans Gerinckx, Xeikon's Sales Director for Label & Packaging for EMEA

"We are delighted to have CS Labels as an industry-leading printer in using Xeikon Digital solutions showcasing their exemplary work in self-adhesive label and pouch application production to the next level. They truly explore the boundaries of not only the digital printing press but also as it relates to consumables, software, and converting equipment to strive for the best customer experience”

Labelexpo Americas Label Print Awards, Filip Weymans, Xeikon’s Vice President of Marketing

“Year on year, we are excited and amazed by the creative and inspiring results submitted. These awards showcase what is possible and ignite the imagination.”

Labelexpo Americas Label Print Awards, Antoine Fady, Flint Group’s CEO

'Good example of how digital printing is stepping into markets where traditional printing is normally used.'

FlexoTech Awards

'Clear five year plan that demonstrated growth in scale and profitability, developing the confidence to invest comprehensively for the future, including a new site. Very strong submission with good supporting evidence.'

Digital Printer Awards

Managing Director, Simon Smith said: “We never stand still and 2018 has been no exception. I wholeheartedly congratulate the CS Labels team for their dedication, resilience and team spirit; we couldn’t have done it without your energies. I look forward to 2019, which will mindfully capitalise on the firm roots we’ve put down in the new building this year.”

Operations Director, Adam James said: “Exciting times has been a constant theme since I joined CS Labels nearly 10 years ago. We’ve achieved so much as a team in a tough market, and these awards enable us to step back and recognise the fruits of our labour. I look forward to more announcements in 2019 as we continue to look after our customers needs at the highest possible level. “

Watch this space for further developments in 2019......

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