2016 ARC Winners

Grand Award Winners

* CLEAR MEDIA * Wins Best of Show

NEW YORK, NY – October 20, 2016 – The winners in the 30th International ARC Awards Competition, honoring excellence in annual reports, were fêted at the Pearl Anniversary Gala in The PLAZA Hotel in New York City.

The trophy for BEST OF SHOW was awarded to CLEAR MEDIA LIMITED (Hong Kong) nominated by REF Financial Press Limited (Hong Kong).

The Platinum Achievement Award was bestowed to iONE FINANCIAL PRESS LIMITED (Hong Kong) for winning the greatest number of awards (71) on behalf of their clients. The Titanium Achievement Award was captured by REF FINANCIAL PRESS LIMITED (Hong Kong), delivering the greatest percentage (46%) of wins for their clients.

The Grand Awards were presented by the evening’s Keynote Speaker Alisa Zamir, Professor and Design Consultant, PRATT INSTITUTE.

In their respective categories, the 2016 BEST OF CATEGORY Grand winners are:

Best of Category

Cover Design
Artistic

Boston Community Capital
(USA)

Cover Design
Die-Cut

GenNex Financial Media Limited for
NEXT DIGITAL LIMITED
(Hong Kong)

Cover Design
Photography

Berichtsmanufaktur GmbH for
VTG AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
(Germany)

Cover Design
Text/Graphics

METRO AG
(Germany)

Cover Design
Unique Presentation

REF Financial Press Limited for
CLEAR MEDIA LIMITED
(Hong Kong)

Chairman’s Letter
Hong Kong/China

Yellow Creative (HK) Limited for
THE HONGKONG AND
SHANGHAI HOTELS, LIMITED
(Hong Kong)

Chairman’s Letter
USA

Digital Kitchen for
THE COCA-COLA COMPANY

Chairman’s Letter
International

Fast Retailing Co., LTD
(Japan)

Interior Design
Europe

METRO AG
(Germany)

Interior Design
Hong Kong/China
- Traditional Format -

Eight Partnership Limited for
NOBLE GROUP LIMITED
(Hong Kong)

Interior Design
Hong Kong/China
- Unique Presentation -

REF Financial Press Limited for
CLEAR MEDIA LIMITED
(Hong Kong)

Interior Design
International

Boston Community Capital
(USA)

Photography

Digital Kitchen for
THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
(USA)

Illustrations

VP Bank Ltd.
(Liechtenstein)

Infographics

REF Financial Press Limited for
ARA ASSET MANAGEMENT
(FORTUNE) LIMITED
(Hong Kong)

Financial Data

Citizens Development
Business Finance PLC

(Sri Lanka)

Written Text
Hong Kong

Eight Partnership Limited for
NOBLE GROUP LIMITED

Written Text
USA

Boston Community Capital

Written Text
International

Kirchhoff Consult AG for
DEUTSCHE TELEKOM AG
(Germany)

Annual Reports
with Form 10-K

Wynk Design, Inc. for
ASPEN INSURANCE HOLDINGS LTD.

Printing & Production
Hong Kong
- Traditional Format -

iOne Financial Press Limited for
NEW WORLD DEVELOPMENT
COMPANY LIMITED

Printing & Production
Hong Kong
- Unique Presentation -

REF Financial Press Limited for
CLEAR MEDIA LIMITED

Printing & Production
International

Verlagsgruppe News GmbH for
ÖSTERREICHISCHE POST AG
(Austria)

Non-English
Annual Reports

German Language

3st kommunikation GmbH for
COMMERZ REAL AG
(Germany)

Non-English
Annual Reports

Various Languages

:Otvetdesign for
“RADIO-ELECTRONIC”
TECHNOLOGIES CONCERN” JSC
(Russia)

Non-Profit Organizations
Hong Kong

i.Link Group Limited for
HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL

Non-Profit Organizations
International

S/O Project for
KAYWON UNIVERSITY
OF ART & DESIGN
(Korea)

Non-Traditional Annual Reports
USA

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Non-Traditional Annual Reports
International

Kirchhoff Consult AG for
DEUTSCHE TELEKOM AG
(Germany)

Specialized & Summary
Annual Reports

Alex-Net Corporation for
TOMY COMPANY, LTD.
(Japan)

Traditional
Annual Reports

Asia/Pacific

Talantone Creative Group for
DONG-A SOCIO HOLDINGS
(Korea)

Traditional
Annual Reports

Germany

3st kommunikation GmbH for
MERCK KGAA

Traditional
Annual Reports

Hong Kong/China
- Special Treatment -

iOne Financial Press Limited for
IONE HOLDINGS LIMITED
(Hong Kong)

Traditional
Annual Reports

Hong Kong/China
- Standard Treatment -

Toppan Vite Limited for
HONG KONG BROADBAND
NETWORK LIMITED
(Hong Kong)

Traditional
Annual Reports

USA

Nesnadny + Schwartz for
PROGRESSIVE CORPORATION

Traditional
Annual Reports

International

Luminous for
INFORMA
(United Kingdom)

Interactive
Annual Reports

USA

Addison for
GE

Interactive
Annual Reports

International

EQS Group AG for
BMW GROUP
(Germany)

Online
Annual Reports

Home Page

Solberg Kommunikation for
VOLVO CAR GROUP
(Sweden)

Online
Annual Reports

Design/Graphics

Ideas On Purpose for
NIELSEN
(USA)

Best of Austria

Verlagsgruppe News GmbH for
ÖSTERREICHISCHE POST AG

Best of Canada

Greater Toronto Airports Authority

Best of China

Toppan Vite Limited for
CHINA GUANGFA BANK

Best of Germany

Kirchhoff Consult AG for
DEUTSCHE TELEKOM AG

Best of Hong Kong

iOne Financial Press Limited for
IONE HOLDINGS LIMITED

Best of Japan

Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd.

Best of Korea

Ahn Graphics_CIC for
SAMSUNG FIRE & MARINE
INSURANCE CO., LTD.

Best of Mexico & South America

Signi for
COCA-COLA FEMSA
(Mexico)

Best of Russia

Zebra B2B Design Bureau for
ROS AGRO PLC

Best of Singapore

SiliconPlus Communications Pte Ltd for
PSA INTERNATIONAL

Best of Sri Lanka

National Savings Bank

Best of Turkey

Garanti Bank

Best of USA

Wynk Design, Inc. for
ASPEN INSURANCE HOLDINGS LTD.

Best of Asia/Pacific

Nova Fusion Sdn Bhd for
AIRASIA BERHAD
(Malaysia)

Best of Europe

Solberg Kommunikation for
VOLVO CAR GROUP
(Sweden)

Best of Mid-East/
South Asia

Addison for
ABU DHABI COMMERCIAL BANK
PJSC (ADCB)
(United Arab Emirates)

Preliminary and final judges represent top level investor relations executives, financial executives, writers, designers, and photographers from over 50 different agencies and corporations in Austria, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United States.

Judges ranked the annual reports with a score between one and one hundred. The top 30% scoring annual reports won Gold, Silver, Bronze and Honors Awards.

Criteria used to choose winners included Cover Design, Chairman’s Letter, Writing, Interior Design, Financial Presentation, and Overall, how well the spirit of the company is reflected in the annual report.

The ARC Awards, established by MerComm, Inc. in 1987, were created to honor overall excellence in annual reports, and to encourage noteworthy and vital writing, as well as imaginative and original design.

The ARC Awards is sponsored by MERCOMM, INC., the world’s only independent awards organization, founded with the mission to advance the standards of excellence in the fields of corporate communications. The MerComm Awards Programs are free from advertising, membership dues, or outside sponsorships. In keeping with its policies of openness and transparency, the judges’ names are published and the judging criteria are available to all. Further, entrants may review the judges’ evaluations; and are guaranteed fairness and impartiality. As such, the ARC Awards is considered the most highly respected and prestigious competition in the industry.

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