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August 27, 2015

FTA 2015 Excellence in Flexography Awards Showcase Quality Of Tension Envelopes

The Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) recently recognized Tension Corporation for its expertise and print quality in flexographic printing. Tension took home five FTA 2015 Excellence in Flexography Awards, including two of only six gold awards given in the envelope category.

“Winning five FTA awards is a great achievement,” said Bill Berkley, President and CEO of Tension Corporation. “Every day our talented production teams use creativity and skill to produce the highest quality envelopes for our clients. These awards validate their hard work and Tension’s commitment to excellence.”

As in years past, competition was intense. FLEXO magazine stated “only a small percent of those who entered take home gold, silver or bronze awards. And medal winners in this year’s Excellence in Flexography Awards—all 104 of them—created some of the best work judges have ever seen.” More than 450 total entries were judged on degree of difficulty and level of execution, with a number of criteria under review, including consistency, ink coverage and image sharpness.

This year, Tension received five awards, more than any other manufacturer in the category. The award-winning envelopes included:

  • Target Card Services Envelope – Gold Award in Envelope, Line, Uncoated Paper
  • The Literary Guild Envelope – Gold Award in Envelope, Process, Coated Paper
  • Customer Envelope – Silver Award in Envelope, Screen, Uncoated Paper
  • Old Pueblo Traders Envelope – Bronze Award in Envelope, Screen, Uncoated Paper
  • Crossing Envelope – Bronze Award in Envelope, Process, Coated Paper

“The entries from Tension Envelope reflect the quality values at our company,” said Lonnie Robinson, Director of Engineering for Tension Corporation. “Regardless of whether the image is complex or simple, it should be handled with the same commitment to quality. A simple job, when executed perfectly, can be an award winner.” 

Winners in the “Line, Uncoated Paper” category demonstrated excellence in the quality of coverage for solid colors and cleanliness of type. The winning entry for Target Card Services showcases the impressive job Tension Associates performed in laying down solid color, especially a color as vibrant as Target’s signature red, while keeping the reverse type crisp and clean.

Likewise, in the “Screen” categories, Tension’s winning envelopes showed exceptional print quality and cleanliness of the screens. Tension’s winning entries in the “Process” category contained a high degree of difficulty with multiple images and colors. Both entries showcased the consistency Tension achieves on these types of jobs.

A long-time leader in print quality, Tension has consistently received FTA awards for its innovative designs.

About Tension

Tension Corporation, a privately owned and operated company based in Kansas City, Missouri, is a global leader in envelope products and packaging & automation solutions. The envelope division serves a wide variety of industries including financial, insurance and direct marketing, and works with third party providers directly. Founded in 1886, Tension produces billions of envelopes annually and has regional plants and offices throughout the country and the world. Visit www.tensionenvelope.com for more information.