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The John Roberts Co. Takes Top Heidelberg ECO Printing Award

July 7, 2011
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HEIDELBERG, GERMANY—July 7, 2011—The winners of the second Heidelberg ECO Printing Award were honored at a ceremony at the Print Media Academy (PMA) in Heidelberg on July 6, 2011. Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) initiated this international sustainability award for sheetfed offset print shops.

Michael Keene, CEO of The John Roberts Co., accepted the €30,000 prize for the most sustainably managed print shop, while a check for €20,000 for the top sustainable innovative solution was presented to Rob Nugent from Australian print shop Vega Press. The winners also received vouchers for PMA seminars.

Some 45 companies from 19 countries on four continents submitted entries this time round. For the first time, they included print shops from Brazil, Indonesia and the Philippines. A four-strong independent international panel of judges voted on the most sustainable integrated solution and the most innovative stand-alone solution. Their decision was unanimous.

“The proposals submitted for environmental activities in the industry were even better than last time round and were much more wide-ranging than in 2009. There were far more sustainable integrated solutions than innovative stand-alone solutions,” observed the judging panel’s spokesman, Dr. Achim Schorb from the IFEU (Institute for Energy and Environmental Research) in Heidelberg.

The other judges were William D’Alessandro, executive editor of the Crosslands Bulletin on Business, Law and the Environment in the United States; Anne-Marie De Noose from the European printing confederation Intergraf in Brussels; and Rainer Litty from the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). They, too, were very impressed by the print shops' highly innovative environmental and sustainability achievements.

“We work with our customers to systematically pursue our objective of a sustainable printing industry. The entries submitted demonstrate that customers are combining economic success, environmental responsibility, and far greater social commitment in their sustainable management strategies,” explained Stephan Plenz, Member of the Management Board responsible for Heidelberg Equipment, at the award ceremony.

Dr. Eckart Würzner, Lord Mayor of Heidelberg, gave a speech about the city's environmental credentials. The ceremony’s keynote speech on the future of the print media industry was delivered by Beatrice Klose, Secretary General of the European printing confederation Intergraf.

Most sustainably managed print shop: The John Roberts Co.

The panel was unanimous in voting The John Roberts Co., based in Minneapolis, the most sustainably managed print shop. With a workforce of more than 300, this company has been actively committed to environmental protection for over 30 years. Its mission statement reflects the print shop’s efforts to minimize its environmental impact.
 

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