Sappi Supporting Printing Talent at 42nd WorldSkills Leipzig, Germany – the World’s Biggest International Skills Competition for Young People

Brussels, 06 June 2013 Sappi Supporting Printing Talent at 42nd WorldSkills Leipzig, Germany – the World’s Biggest International Skills Competition for Young People Sappi Fine Paper Europe is delighted to participate in the WorldSkills 2013 ‘Print Media Technology’ Skills Competition (2nd-7th July) as Skills Sponsor. Involvement in such a key event is a great opportunity to support expertise and excellence in the art of printing, and to meet and inspire the future generation of printers. WorldSkills brings together the best international trainees aged under 23 to compete for medals in 46 official disciplines divided among 6 different categories: transportation and logistics; construction and building technology; manufacturing and engineering technology; creative arts and fashion; and social and personal services. Information and Communication Services, the sixth category, contains the Print Media Technology skill competition. This year, over 1,000 competitors will be present at WorldSkills Leipzig, making it the biggest international competition of its kind ever. 

Berry Wiersum, CEO of Sappi Fine Paper Europe said,  “We are very pleased to be involved in an event which promotes skill and excellence in our trade.. We are strong believers in the power of print. This is a great chance to meet like-minded-young people, and to support their career choice.”

The event will see 13 finalists in Print Media Technology category, who are all winners of national selection rounds from around the world held over the last year, compete to be nominated WorldSkills Champion by demonstrating their skill during a series of exercises. Using paper provided by Sappi and Heidelberg machines, the focus will be on the digitalization of the printing process which requires precision and an in-depth understanding of process control. Four of the subject areas to be covered will be surface printing, gravure printing and digital printing. ENDS For further information about WorldSkills, please visit: The 13 Finalists in the Print Media Technology Category are: 

  • Martin Backmayer - Austria
  • Guillaume-Philippe Dujacquier - Belgium
  • Lucas Cardoso - Brazil
  • Marissa Halter - Canada
  • Dongdong Wang - China
  • Jens Martinsen - Denmark
  • Kevin-Gregori Kubjas - Estonia
  • Pasi Kuusikko - Finland
  • Anthony Fluhr - France
  • Elena Singer - Germany
  • Marino Tanimoto - Japan
  • Andrea Selina Schmidheiny - Switzerland
  • Heather Ashe - USA

  Further information about the participants can be found on: Please also check Sappi’s Facebook page on a regular basis where we will be posting further details about the competition and the participants. 

About Sappi

Sappi Fine Paper Europe (SFPE) is the leading European producer of coated fine paper used in premium magazines, catalogues, books and high-end print advertising. Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, Sappi Fine Paper Europe is recognised for innovation and quality. Its graphic paper brands include Magno™, Quatro™, Royal™, Galerie™, GalerieArt™ and Jaz™ ranges. Algro®, Fusion®, Leine® and Parade® are the brands for speciality labelling, topliner, packaging papers and boards. Sappi papers are produced in mills accredited with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification and EMAS registration for all our mills in the EU. SFPE’s mills hold chain-of-custody certification under the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) and/or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification® (PEFC®) schemes. Sappi Fine Paper Europe is a division of Sappi Limited (NYSE, JSE), a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with over 14,000 employees and manufacturing operations on four continents in nine countries, sales offices in 50 countries, and customers in over 100 countries around the world. Learn more about Sappi at