Two U.S. Printers Recognized in Sappi International Printers of the Year Awards
BOSTON—Oct. 30, 2012—Sappi Fine Paper North America celebrates two winners from our region for the widely-renowned 2012 Sappi International Printers of the Year Awards, announced by Ralph Boëttger, CEO of Sappi Ltd. in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The two North American region winners receiving international recognition were Fry Communication (Mechanicsburg, PA) for its innovative production of Style.com in the magazine-web category, and Continental Colorcraft (Monterey Park, CA) for the execution of the coffee table exhibition catalog, “Eye for the Sensual,” in the books category.
An independent panel of judges selected the pieces representing the highest possible criteria of print craftsmanship on the overall impact of the piece, degree of technical difficulty, and print excellence.
As the only global honor of its kind, the Sappi International Printers of the Year awards celebrate the best printers that continually raise the bar with exceptionally high-quality printed work from regions around the world in Southern Africa, Europe, North America and the Trading region (Central and South America, Asia and Australasia).
During the announcement, Boëttger commented, “We honor the winning Sappi Printers of the Year for their commitment, creativity and expertise in producing printed works which push the boundaries in terms of technical mastery and innovation. Awards such as these celebrate the achievements of the past two years, but they also point the way forward into the future. They do so by establishing a standard of excellence which others will strive to meet. Sappi is proud to honor these achievements.”
Established in 1995, the awards set the global benchmark against which any high-quality printer can measure themselves. On the advice of past winners, the competition recently evolved into a biennial event, to allow the winning printers to obtain maximum benefits from their award status.
View the full list of 2012 winners is published online.
Each winner will be presented with a cast bronze elephant trophy, specially created by world renowned sculptor Donald Greig for the Sappi awards. The elephant symbolises Sappi’s South African heritage as well as the qualities of strength and courage.
Sappi Fine Paper North America, known for innovation and quality, is a preeminent North American producer of coated fine and release papers and market pulp headquartered in Boston. Its coated fine papers, with highly recognized brand names such as McCoy, Opus, Somerset and Flo, are used in premium magazines, catalogs, books and high-end print advertising. The company is also the world’s leading supplier of release papers for the automotive, fashion and engineered films industries, including the globally recognized Ultracast brand. Sappi’s release papers provide the surface aesthetics for synthetic fabrics used in footwear, clothing, upholstery and accessories, as well as the textures for decorative laminates found in kitchens, baths, flooring and other decorative surfaces. An integrated pulp and paper producer, with state-of-the-art pulp mills, Sappi is the third largest seller of hardwood pulp in North America.