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​Jury and judging process

Eleven opportunities to be the world’s number one
Truly global, the awards are held in four different regions around the world – Africa, Europe, North America and the Sappi Trading regions (Asia, Australasia, Central and South America).
Regional gold finalists then proceed to the international competition where they compete in 11 categories.
Judged by an international panel of highly qualified independent judges – to ensure impartiality and the broadest spectrum of technical expertise in print – each entry is judged on overall appearance, quality of finishing and general difficulty of the print job, as well as factors such as dot sharpness, ink density, registration, sheet size, paper weight, screen ruling, stitching and die cutting.

2012 Sappi Trading Printers of the Year - Jury
Kai Hagenbuch (Publisher, PrintCom Brazil/PrintCom Latina)
Kai Hagenbuch, a graduate of the University of Mannheim, holds a degree in Business Administration.
He began his career at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen in Heidelberg, Germany, where he worked as Sales Supervisor. He then moved to Brazil, where he worked progressively at Gutenberg, as Sales Manager and Sales Director; Heidelberg do Brasil, as President; and Graficos Burti as Executive Vice President.
Since 2000, he has been Publisher at PrintCom Brasil/PrintCom Latina.
He was a judge at ABFlexo in 2004 and the HP Digital Printing contest in May 2010.
Malcolm G Keif (Professor, Cal Poly State University)
Malcolm G Keif is a Professor in the Graphic Communication Department at Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, California. Cal Poly is recognised among the leading universities for print and packaging. Malcolm oversees instruction in Flexographic plating and press operations at Cal Poly, as well as teaches Quality Management, Printed Electronics, Cost Estimating, Packaging Workflow and Lean Management.
With more than 25 years of experience, Malcolm is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and contributor to numerous industry publications.
He is the author of three books: Setup Reduction for Printers, Lean Printing: Pathway to Success, and Designer’s Postpress Companion.
Malcolm received his PhD in 1995 from University of Missouri. In 2004, Malcolm was selected as the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation’s Educator of the Year.
Cynthia Morton (Sales Manager, Paarl Media Paarl)
Cynthia Morton’s passion for design and print grew out of her time with South African Breweries where she specialised in design, layout, technical drawing and producing presentation material. In 1993, Morton launched Impression Publishing, specialising in technical medical publications and catalogues in Gauteng, South Africa.
The precise attention to detail required for dental, orthopaedic and medical professionals was excellent preparation for a new career which started in 2003 with Remata iNathi Communications and Printers as Business Development Manager. A natural progression from publishing to print as the technical aspects of printing both fascinated and challenged Morton. Client services included problem-solving for both digital and lithographic printing, advising, guiding and hand-holding for a diverse selection of clients.
After seven years with Remata, Morton moved to the Western Cape where she joined Paarl Media Paarl as Sales Manager, providing clients with practical solutions and added value, and providing quality printing of educational books, magazines and commercial work.
Bernhard Nahm (Member, Heidelberg‘s Print Media Centre Management Board)
Bernhard Nahm began his career in the graphics industry in 1987 as an apprentice offset printer at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. He was a printing instructor at the company's Print Media Centre* until 1991.
He then studied at the Hochschule für Druck und Medien in Stuttgart, where he earned a qualification as a printing engineer.
In 1995, Nahm returned to Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, joining the Direct Imaging Business Unit as a product manager.
By 2000, he was back at the Print Media Centre, initially as a project engineer, and in 2001, he was appointed Head of the Press Department.
* The Print Media Centre is the company's largest showroom, with more than 120 printing units.
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