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Sappi Fine Paper Europe has today launched its second call for entries for the Sappi European Printers of the Year Awards 2012.

The SEPOTY Awards, first launched in 1993, were established by Sappi to reward and recognise excellence in print. The competition has evolved alongside the industry, by recognising innovation in the sector and adding new categories along the way, such as digital print and both sheet fed and web magazines. 


The SEPOTY Awards encourage printers to find the best processes, find the best papers and find the best combination of experience and graphic materials to achieve the best results for their customers. Recognising printers who give their utmost and set new standards in print excellence, the contest is open to any printer from Europe and the Middle East who has his or her work commercially printed on mainly Sappi paper.


Every two years, this unique event, which benefits from extensive press coverage, as well as Sappi promotions and the prestige of being a Sappi Printer of the Year, brings together the top creative minds and experts of the printing industry. Printers are already clamouring to submit entries for the 2012 awards.


Printers who have not yet submitted entries for the biennial competition should not worry: while the first round of entries ended on 31 March 2011, there are three more collection rounds, the next of which finishes on 30 June. Those who have already entered should also be aware that an entrant’s chances of being chosen for an award increase with subsequent submissions – and printers who have submitted at least one entry at each collection round but have not been selected will all receive a voucher for a Drupa entrance ticket in recognition of their efforts.


All printers with at least one entry nominated for an award will be invited to the event in May 2012, which will see prizes being given to entrants in the following categories: annual reports, books, brochures, calendars, catalogues, digital print, general print, magazines (sheetfed), magazines (web), packaging and labels and printer’s own promotion. For more information, please contact your local sales office.


Sappi is also proud to underline its commitment to bettering the planet and the lives of the people on it with its BlueGreen Award, celebrating the power of print in supporting meaningful causes, both creatively and in an environmentally friendly manner.


More information about Sappi

Sappi Fine Paper Europe 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 brands include Galerie, Royal, Magno, Tempo, Quatro, Era, Furioso, HannoArt, Mega, Allegro, EuroArt Plus, EuroBulk, as well as Cento and Tauro for the uncoated graphic papers. Algro, Leine and Parade are the brands for speciality labelling and packaging papers and boards. Top and Jaz are the paper brands for digital printing.

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 17,000 employees and manufacturing operations on four continents in 9 countries, sales offices in 50 countries, and customers in over 100 countries around the world.

For further information or visuals, please visit www.sappi.com or contact:

Sophie de Guignard
Marketing Initiatives Team Leader
Tel: +32 2 676 97 35
Mobile: +33 6 0725 1414

Elsa Mouillé
Press & Media Relations Coordinator
Tel: +32 2 676 97 25
Mobile: +32 479 588 009


SAPPI European Printers of the Year Awards 2012 – General Information


Commitment to excellence in printed communication





Printers in Europe and the Middle East can participate by submitting their best print work. All printers are eligible to enter as many entries as they wish. Suppliers and clients of the printer may submit the printer’s work proving that the printer approves and signs the entry form



​31 March 2011    30 June 2011​    30 September 2011​    31 January 2011​




Complete the judging and general information sections of the entry form and combine them with your entry [www.sappi.com/PrintersOfTheYear ]. Submit a minimum of 2 copies of each entry. Deliver or post entry to any SAPPI sales office, paper merchant or agent of your country.


All submitted entries must have been printed between 01 January 2010 and 31 December 2011.




Bronze, silver and gold awards are presented in 4 regional competitions: Europe, North America, Africa and Trading (Central and South America, Asia and Australasia). Ii European the winning printers and their partners are invited to receive their awards in the eleven categories at a gala celebration.




  • Annual Reports
  • Books
  • Brochures
  • Calendars
  • Catalogues
  • Digital Print
  • General Print
  • Magazines (Sheetfed)
  • Magazines (Web)
  • Packaging and Labels
  • Printer’s Own Promotion