In-Mold Decorating Association Launches 2021 IMDA Awards Competition

The In-Mold Decorating Association (IMDA) is now accepting entries for the 14th Annual IMDA Awards Competition. Early bird entries are accepted until May 15, 2021, with the final deadline for submission set for June 1, 2021.

The 2021 IMDA Awards Competition will recognize outstanding in-mold labeled packaging, in-mold decorated durable products and in-mold electronics submissions that were produced in 2020 or are slated for release in 2021.

Entries received from around the world will showcase the best in in-mold design and technical achievement, and this year’s competition features new categories to recognize the innovations related to sustainability and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Winners of the competition will be announced during a Video Presentation this summer and honored during a reception at the IMDA Symposium, scheduled for September 2021. In addition, winning entries will be prominently publicized in a variety of media and displayed during events, including the IMDA website and In-Mold Messenger enewsletter, the October/November issue of Plastics Decorating magazine and at the PMMI Showcase of Packaging Innovations during PACK EXPO Las Vegas.

Judges will look at overall design and complexity; integration of the in-mold element into the part or package; functionality; and innovation in the use of materials and processes. Manufacturing difficulty and complexity of the part, label, design or mold also are considered. This competition is open to companies involved in any form of in-mold labeled packaging (IML), in-mold decorated durable products (IMD) and in-mold electronics (IME).

The 2021 IMDA Awards Competition would not be possible without the support of its sponsors: Innovia, InkWorks Printing, KURZ and StackTeck.

Complete IMDA Awards competition information and entry form are available at

For further information, contact IMDA at its new phone number – 785.215.8635 – or email

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