Sappi’s 2011 Printers of the Year Contest Now Open to Entries

• Gold Award winners in each category are Sappi Printers of the Year. The 10 Gold winners receive up to $20,000 in support of the printer’s marketing and brand initiatives, and additionally up to 5,000 lbs. of paper provided by Sappi to support their sales and marketing projects.

• Gold, Silver and Judges’ Award winners will be profiled through their own updatable web page on Sappi’s Printers of the Year online resource to better connect them with designers, print buyers and corporations.

• Bronze Award winners will be included in the Printers of the Year online resource, with their contact information available to all users.


The judging has been carefully planned to ensure the highest possible standards and integrity. The judges, none of whom work for Sappi Fine Paper North America, define the standards for print quality based on their technical expertise. A panel of judges were chosen from recognized print institutions and trade professions, including: Bill Garno, Director of Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) Printing Applications Laboratory (PAL); Malcolm Kief, professor in the Graphic Communication Department at Cal Poly; Ken Lantz, North American Managing Director of the Business Unit Hi Resolution for Kinetic in New York; and Lauren Elliot, Principal of Wicked Good Print Production.

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About Sappi Fine Paper North America
Sappi Fine Paper North America is a preeminent North American producer of coated fine paper used in premium magazines, catalogues, books and high-end print advertising. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Sappi Fine Paper North America is known for innovation and quality. Its brand names, including McCoy, Opus, Somerset and Flo, are some of the industry’s most widely recognized and specified.

Sappi’s mills in North America are triple chain of custody certified to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). Over 80 percent of the energy used by Sappi’s North American mills comes from renewable resources, resulting in one of the lowest carbon footprints of any major North American coated paper supplier.

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