Tomas Rink, president Ritrama Group has been named the recipient of the 2013 R. Stanton Avery Lifetime Achievement Award. The Label Industry Global Awards judging panel met in Munich prior to the opening FINATís annual Congress, to review nominations across four award categories.

The R. Stanton Avery Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Avery Dennison, recognizes the values and vision of Stan Avery and his pioneering efforts. Tomas Rink joins fellow industry luminaries including RotoMetricís Steve Lee, Helmut Schreiner, Nilpeterís Lars Eriksen and FLEXconís Neil McDonough.

Tomas Rink joined his father Arnold in the then small family-run flexible packaging company near Milan in 1968. Soon after, they jointly decided to move into the new European market for pressure-sensitive laminates, coating filmic materials with solvent-based technology, but soon after converted all to water-based technology. With Tomas behind the companyís drive for growth and internationalization, Ritrama took its first international steps by establishing Ritrama UK in 1982. Acquisitions followed in the USA in 1990 and in Spain in 1994 before FAD was acquired in 2000. Subsequently in 2008, Ritrama expanded with two state-of-the art green-field facilities in Hefei (China) and Valparaiso (Chile) to serve the Far Eastern and the Americaís markets.

Today, Ritrama has 10 international manufacturing facilities, over 30 coaters and global distribution centers and sells high quality papers and filmic labelstock in more than 60 countries generating an annual turnover in excess of 400 million euros. Still the groupís figurehead, and son Ricardo as managing director, Tomas continues to look at new business development and industry solutions.

During the same meeting, the judges announced the shortlist of nominations of the three other categories. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony and gala dinner at Brusselsí The Event Lounge during the first evening (September 24) of Labelexpo Europe 2013.

Congratulations to Tomas Rink from all the Ritrama Staff!

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