It is awarded to an individual or team who meet the following selection criteria:
- Has had a significant innovation idea, or supported the growth of an innovative idea that has transformed and progressed the label industry
- Has made a key contribution to the promotion and growth of the label industry
- Has been a high profile industry influencer and motivator
- Operates on a national or international scale
Jim DeFife, VP Pressure-Sensitive Materials, Multi-Color Corporation has been chosen as the recipient of the prestigious R. Stanton Avery Global Achievement Award 2019.
DeFife has been a driving force in the global label industry for almost 40 years, with a focus throughout his career on the development of technical solutions that have revolutionized and grown the pressure-sensitive market – firstly with Avery Dennison and then, for the past 17 years, with Spear and Multi-Color.
During his 20 years with Avery Dennison he led the company’s specialty films division, coming up with new filmic constructions. He subsequently led a global initiative for materials down-gauging at Spear, C-Flex and Multi-Color.
DeFife has also been a long-term pioneer in thin film technology, adding wide-web coating into Spear’s facilities, including major work with the entire supply chain incorporating all the film/paper, adhesive and coating suppliers. He also developed the first plastic bottle recyclable PS label recognized by the APR.