CIP4 Announces the 2012 CIPPI Award Winners

DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY—May 1, 2012—The International Cooperation for the Integration of the Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4) organization announced the 2012 winners of the Jürgen Schönhut Memorial CIP4 International Print Production Innovation (CIPPI) Awards. The CIPPI awards are given annually to the printer, publisher or prepress service who applies with the most compelling case study in three topical categories and four regions.

The winners, who will be recognized at the CIPPI Awards Presentation to be held on May 6 at the drupa innovation park, are:

• Imprimerie Rochelaise of La Rochelle Cedex 1, France for “Best cost/benefit realization and improvement in efficiency as a result of process automation implementation,” with support by RHAPSO, AGFA, manroland, and Koenig & Bauer AG.

• W&R Etiketten of Tilburg, The Netherlands for “Biggest improvement in quality production & customer responsiveness as a result of process automation,” with support by CERM, Esko, and Xeikon.

• Druckerei Köller + Nowak GmbH of Düsseldorf, Germany for “Most innovative use of process automation technology in an implementation,” with support by HP HIFLEX, Kodak Graphic Communications, and Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG.

Any printer, prepress service or publisher may apply for the CIPPI awards. Awards are determined by a Review Panel of judges without affiliation to any vendor, printer, prepress service or publisher. The five Review Panel judges included Patrick Cahuet of 1Prime|Concept (France), Stephan Jaeggi of PrePress-Consulting (Switzerland), Tetsuo Kimura of PrinTechno Inc. (Japan) , John Leininger of Clemson University, and Abhay Sharma of Ryerson University (Canada).

“All of the applications this year were very solid and demonstrated complete automation of operations,” said CIP4 Executive Director Jim Harvey. “While JDF-enabled print automation has become a core competency for most printers, the level of integration that we see in these winning case studies shows that JDF-enabled print automation has an impact beyond operational efficiencies and can positively affect profitability, quality and customer relations.”

The CIPPI award-winning case studies may be downloaded from, where you can also get more information on the CIPPI awards program.

About CIP4
CIP4 brings together vendors, consultants, and end-users in the print communications, graphic arts industry, and associated sectors, covering a variety of equipment, software, peripherals, and processes. Members participate in focused working groups to define the Job Definition Format (JDF), PrintTalk, and other standards relevant to process automation; to study user requirements; to test product interoperability; and to develop a range of JDF software development tools as well as educational resources.

About JDF
The Job Definition Format (JDF) is the industry specification designed to facilitate process automation and the integration of different applications and systems in and around the graphic arts industry. Widely adopted and recognized worldwide as a key industry standard, JDF also enables the integration of business management and job planning applications into the production workflow. JDF is based on the W3C’s Extensible Markup Language (XML), ensuring maximum interoperability between different platforms and ready interaction with Internet systems.

About the CIPPI Award Program
The CIPPI award is named after the late Jürgen Schönhut of the Fraunhofer Institute in Darmstadt Germany. Schönhut was a founding member of CIP4 whose contribution was instrumental in creating both CIP4, and its predecessor, the CIP3 Consortium.

Source: CIP4.