IMDPA announces 2020 Decorators of the Year

Two canmakers have been named as Decorators of the Year for 2020 by the International Metal Decorating & Packaging Association (IMDPA).

John Caperton from The Ohio Art Company and Bryan House from Crown Cork & Seal represent the true craftsmanship which the metal decorating industry has grown to honour and respect, according to the US-based IMDPA. They were nominated for the awards by the leadership teams of their companies, reflecting the high regard in which they are held.

Caperton, a four-colour press operator, has worked for The Ohio Art Company for 7½ years, of which 4½ years have been on the press. He began as a stacker operator and progressed through his apprenticeship to become the crew chief and chief press operator on the printing line.

He has also been instrumental in the company’s training programme for new line and press operators, while being key to implementing a vision inspection system and in developing procedures and guidelines for quality control. 

Bryan House has 25 years’ experience and is currently press supervisor at Crown Cork & Seal’s Crown Graphics Studio. He operates a pilot press using previous experience gained as a printer operator, production supervisor and quality manager to ensure that each can produced meets the desired quality specifications. He works effectively in matching colours and ensuring that production cans replicate them. As well as repairing equipment, he also provides training to new pilot press operators and is involved with customer visits. 

The IMDPA also announced the recipients of this year’s Annual Excellence in Quality Competition. With many entries from around the globe, the process of selecting the best of the best in eight categories was challenging, reported the IMDPA. 

The Grand Award for the best of all categories was presented to Eurobox Premium Packaging of Spain for the company’s Jean Paul Gaultier Pin-Up container. Utilising creative artwork, tooling and innovative decorative finishes and metal decorating, this entry stood out among more than 100 entries, said the IMDPA.

The Decorators of the Year and Excellence awards are normally announced during the IMDPA’s annual convention, held each year in Illinois in May, but the event was cancelled during to the coronavirus lockdown measures.

More details in The Canmaker October issue.